Queensland: IRWIN Racing Sunday race report

TOUGH DAY AT THE OFFICE FOR ALEX DAVISON AT QUEENSLAND RACEWAY Alex Davison and the IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Falcon team have finished a disappointing 19th in the 200km race of the QueenslandHouseandLand.com 300. Davison struggled with car...

TOUGH DAY AT THE OFFICE FOR ALEX DAVISON AT QUEENSLAND RACEWAY

Alex Davison and the IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Falcon team have finished a disappointing 19th in the 200km race of the QueenslandHouseandLand.com 300.

Davison struggled with car balance issues throughout the 65-lap journey, a race that went safety car free. Adding to the battle was energy sapping temperatures in the mid 30s, which also made for a slippery track surface.

After starting 19th, Davison improved two spots off the start, but soon reported that the IRWIN Racing Falcon had too much oversteer.

The IRWIN Racing crew tried to help Davison during the race's two pit stops, the first time with rear tyres only and a roll-centre adjustment as well as 50-litres of fuel on just the sixth lap of the race.

The changes did not bring the desired result and Davison had to hold-on until lap #38 when he took on the final 50-litres of fuel, plus four tyres and a further roll-centre adjustment.

The IRWIN Ford was at its strongest over the last third of the race, however with no safety cars and others making use of the soft Dunlop tyre, Davison had to let four cars pass him before taking the chequered flag.

WHAT ALEX DAVISON HAD TO SAY:

"It was a long hot afternoon hot out there in the IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Falcon. Especially when you are battling both the competition and the car. I was happy with how I drove and certainly in the opening laps we were competitive, but overall we did not have the pace and the balance was far from ideal. Really we just need to look ahead and think about the endurance races at Phillip Island and Bathurst. There's a lot to think about from a driver's point of view, and the team has to think different as well. Our focus remains to improve the car, so that we go into those races with a very strong package."

WHAT IRWIN RACING ENGINEER WES McDOUGALL HAD TO SAY:

"Ultimately our poor run in qualifying really hurt the IRWIN Industrial Tools team this weekend. Starting where we did in 19th it was always going to be a hard slog, especially with so many teams with the soft tyres up their sleeve. We stopped for two tyres on the first stop and we made a change to give him more rear grip, but it then had too much push in the middle stages of the race. When we put the four tyres on at the second stop it certainly improved the car, but we were fighting an uphill battle at that point. We now switch to endurance mode and that's going to be another challenge, but we feel that we have a very good package for both Phillip Island and Bathurst, and a win is our goal."

-credit: irwin

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Series Supercars
Drivers Alex Davison , Phillip Island