IRWIN RACING OUT TO KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING IN TOWNSVILLE Alex Davison is confident of another strong showing in the IRWIN Racing Ford when the V8 Supercar Championship Series visits an all-new circuit in Townsville this weekend for the Dunlop...
IRWIN RACING OUT TO KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING IN TOWNSVILLE
Alex Davison is confident of another strong showing in the IRWIN Racing Ford when the V8 Supercar Championship Series visits an all-new circuit in Townsville this weekend for the Dunlop 400.
At the previous race in Darwin, Davison stormed through the field to finish on the rear bumper of race winner Michael Caruso. The result was a massive boost to Davison and the IRWIN Racing team which outpaced and outsmarted all but one car and driver in the field.
The Reid Park track is a combined street circuit with permanent race track sections. This weekend will be the first time that any race car has hit the bitumen on the recently completed facility. Being a first time visitor to a circuit has been the norm for Alex Davison in 2009. Getting on top of the circuit from the outset in practice will go a long way to a strong result at the end of the weekend.
This weekend's race will not feature the softer Dunlop option tyre, but will be a twin 200-kilometre encounter with two fuel stops in each race. This format was used at the second weekend of the championship in Hamilton (New Zealand) when Davison took a 9th and 10th place finish.
Visiting a new track is a challenge to the technical crew from IRWIN Racing. Race Engineer Wes McDougall has used information from the Adelaide and Melbourne street circuits to best understand what to expect in Townsville.
WHAT ALEX DAVISON HAS TO SAY:
"Darwin was certainly a boost for our IRWIN Racing team and we see no reason why we can't be up towards the front once again in Townsville. It is going to be new for everyone, but I expect all the teams and drivers will do as much research as possible before heading north. Generally I feel that I can learn tracks quickly and ideally we can be on a level playing field with the others throughout practice. The track looks fantastic, with a combination of a permanent circuit and a temporary track. I think the designers have done a good job on having the best of both worlds. The great thing is that it appears to have really good flow to it and certainly there are opportunities to pass. New street circuits always get quicker as the weekend progresses. That's both exciting and a challenge to ensure we are adjusting the IRWIN Falcon to get the most out of the changing track. It's important to proactively make changes to the car in anticipation of how the track evolves over the course of the weekend."
WHAT IRWIN RACING ENGINEER WES McDOUGALL HAS TO SAY:
"The track is probably a combination of the Albert Park Grand Prix circuit and the Adelaide street track. Two-thirds of it is pretty much brand new, with some of the sweeping bends being very much like the Melbourne GP track. Getting on top of the track will require the IRWIN Racing team working together to best understand what makes the car work. Generally a good start to the meeting on the Friday is rewarded with strong pace over the weekend. On a new circuit like Townsville the grip levels will change over the course of the weekend. It could be as much a two seconds from Friday through to Sunday as the rubber is put down. We are confident that we have a good handle on the IRWIN Ford and as Darwin showed we have the pace to be right up there when it counts."