GOLD COAST CRASH PREVENTS IRWIN RACING RESULT IRWIN Racing started the day on a high following yesterday's race where Alex Davison and David Brabham drove their IRWIN Ford to fifth place in the first leg of the ArmorAll Gold Coast 600, less...
GOLD COAST CRASH PREVENTS IRWIN RACING RESULT
IRWIN Racing started the day on a high following yesterday's race where Alex Davison and David Brabham drove their IRWIN Ford to fifth place in the first leg of the ArmorAll Gold Coast 600, less than 24 hours later the team's dream for a second great result was in tatters.
Qualifying 17th for the weekend's second and final 300 kilometre race, Brabham made up five spots on the first lap only to find himself in the wall and out of the race less than two laps later.
On the third lap, Brabham was leading HRT's Cameron McConville. McConville made an error as the pair came out of the beach chicane. Failing to give Brabham any room as the cars veered to the left of the track in preparation for the next corner, McConville was too far forward and crashed into Brabham's IRWIN Ford Falcon.
The impact forced Brabham into the wall and out of the race immediately.
IRWIN Racing now turns its attention to the repair of the car in readiness for the Falken Tasmania Challenge, November 12-14.
What IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison had to say:
"Of course it's very disappointing for IRWIN Racing especially after our good result yesterday. We didn't go fantastic in qualifying, but I gave it my best shot and I left nothing in the garage, it was as good as I was going to qualify. I was quite confident that we were going to have a strong race car based on yesterday's performance, it seemed like everyone came back to us a little bit during the race. It all ended very quickly though through no fault of David's (Brabham). He made a great start; he passed Cameron McConville in a fantastic move around the outside of turn four, perfectly clean. McConville seems to have silly accidents. For sure, he got a run on David out of the beach chicane, but just because you get a run on someone doesn't mean the car ahead disappears and you can just keep your foot down. The natural line of where you drive (out of the chicane) is out to the left so you can take the next right hander, both cars went in the same direction and Cameron went straight into the back of our car and put David into the fence. I'm pretty bitter at the moment; it's such a shattering end to what could have been another really good day."
What IRWIN Racing's David Brabham had to say:
"I got a very good start; I got up to 12th, passing Cameron McConville around the outside of turn four on the start. Everything seemed fine, the IRWIN Ford felt really good. I was really looking forward to this race, everything seemed right; you just got a good feeling about it. Going through the fast chicane, the rear stepped out and lost some momentum coming out. Cam (McConville) obviously got a bit of a run on me but as you come out of that chicane the car naturally goes over to the left and he put his nose there. The next thing is I'm in the wall. It's an extremely disappointing end to what was a great day yesterday, with car nine finishing third and IRWIN Racing fifth. I think that today was looking very promising until that happened."
What IRWIN Racing engineer David Stuart had to say:
"Saturday was a great day for IRWIN Racing. Both Alex (Davison) and David (Brabham) drove superbly and the IRWIN Ford was extremely competitive. That race seems a very long time ago now. To finish the race the way we did is so disappointing. David made a great start improving to 12th and he said the car felt good, we had high hopes. Fortunately David is ok, but the IRWIN Ford doesn't look so good. It's a terrible way to end, particularly when an accident like this is avoidable."
-source: irwin racing