NEW IRWIN FORD HAS THE SPEED TO PUSH V8 FRONT RUNNERS IRWIN Racing's newest Ford Falcon, which made its debut at Tasmania's Symmons Plains Raceway this weekend, showed that it has the potential to be a front runner. IRWIN's Alex Davison was...
NEW IRWIN FORD HAS THE SPEED TO PUSH V8 FRONT RUNNERS
IRWIN Racing's newest Ford Falcon, which made its debut at Tasmania's Symmons Plains Raceway this weekend, showed that it has the potential to be a front runner.
IRWIN's Alex Davison was on the pace all weekend and posted the fastest time in Sunday's 200 kilometre race - the second leg of the Falken Tasmania Challenge.
As has been the trend this season, IRWIN Racing has been strong in races but qualifies too far down the grid preventing it from challenging for top 10 or podium results.
Davison finished the weekend's two races in 20th and 19th place respectively and was on course to finish today's race in the top 10, but a mistake saw the IRWIN Falcon enter pit lane unexpectedly.
Davison clipped the kerb out of turn eight which sent the car off the track. Davison pulled it up and drove into the pit lane for a drive through rather than risk damage to the IRWIN Ford in wet, slippery conditions.
In was a challenging weekend overall but the team takes plenty of positives to next weekend's penultimate round of the 2010 championship at Sandown Raceway.
What IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison had to say:
"I made a bad mistake, I just touched the kerb exiting turn eight which sort of pulled me wide and I ended up having to go into the pit lane. It was a heavy price to pay. In the dry you'd never, ever do this, but with a wet kerb I couldn't keep it on the track. That ruined my race really, it was a costly mistake. At least the car was going well in the race; we just need to sort qualifying out. There are plenty of positives to come out of the weekend when it comes to the new car. Overall we've had two disappointing results this weekend but we had good race pace. We changed the car for the wet, thinking it was going to stay wet but it started to dry up and the change we made ended up working quite well. There are plenty of positives to take away, we'll pile up all the information and suck all the good things out for Sandown. I like Sandown; I've gone well there in the past."
What IRWIN Racing engineer David Stuart had to say:
"The IRWIN Ford had really good pace; that was the silver lining to come out of today's race. It was a pretty hard race; it's always going to be hard when it's wet. We didn't qualify well, we didn't go to a full wet set-up for qualifying because the weather was so unpredictable and as a result we've qualified poorly. We made some changes for the wet (race) without trying to compromise our dry set up too much. We had good pace in the rain and we made good gains through the pit stops. Unfortunately Alex (Davison) made a small mistake and we ended up coming through pit lane which wasn't ideal. After this he put his head down and recorded the fastest lap of the race with shows that both the new IRWIN Falcon and Alex can do the job. I'm really looking forward to the day were we get qualifying sorted. I reckon that without that drive through, without that mistake, we would have finished somewhere between ninth and eleventh, certainly a top 10 was on the cards."
-source: irwin racing