Townsville: IRWIN Racing race 2 report

IMPRESSIVE COMEBACK BY IRWIN RACING AT TOWNSVILLE IRWIN Racing drove through the frustration of a pit lane drive-through penalty to race to 14th place in the second leg of the SUCROGEN Townsville 400 today. Starting 24th, IRWIN Racing's Alex...

IMPRESSIVE COMEBACK BY IRWIN RACING AT TOWNSVILLE

IRWIN Racing drove through the frustration of a pit lane drive-through penalty to race to 14th place in the second leg of the SUCROGEN Townsville 400 today.

Starting 24th, IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison was forced to pit when a wheel nut rolled into oncoming traffic in pit lane.

It was an uncharacteristic error by a pit crew that is known for its consistent excellence during pit stops.

Re-entering the race a lap down, Davison drove superbly to get himself back on the lead lap. Pushing hard after the final re-start he was able to overtake several cars to record a respectable race result.

The 2010 V8 Supercar Championship now goes into an enforced mid-season hiatus, with the next event of the series being held at Phillip Island, September 10-12.

The L&H Phillip Island 500 is the first of the endurance races.

What IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison had to say:

"The IRWIN Ford was good in that middle stint, we had really good outright pace compared to everyone else which allowed us to get back on the lead lap after the drive-through penalty. The drive through was frustrating, but I can't be too hard on the boys. IRWIN Racing has an excellent pit crew and things rarely go wrong, it was just one of those things. We seem to have good pace in one of the stints during a race, which is good that we know we have it but we need to understand why we can't replicate this pace across an entire race. We learnt that we probably should have left the IRWIN Ford alone in terms of mid-race adjustment, after that middle stint we should have pushed on with what we had. Like yesterday, it was good to pass cars, but we were lucky, at that last re-start Cameron McConville drilled me half way around the corner before we restarted. I don't know what he was thinking. We were lucky not to get turned around completely. We're all looking forward to the break; it's been a flat-out year. It allows us to take a breath, do some development and hopefully get the new chassis done in time for the enduros. We're looking forward to going into the second half of the year refreshed and ready to go."

What IRWIN Racing Engineer David Stuart had to say:

"I can't speak highly enough of the way Alex (Davison) drove today. If anyone ever doubts that Alex Davison can drive a V8 supercar you've just got to have a look at how he drove that middle stint today. IRWIN Racing had a hick-up in the pit stop, Alex got a drive through and he got passed by (Mark) Winterbottom who was leading the race at the time. This meant we were the first car a lap down. The cars in second, third and fourth couldn't catch us and Winterbottom couldn't pull away. We were faster than Frosty (Mark Winterbottom) for quite a few laps during that stint and that really helped us get our lap back. From there we were 19th at the restart and worked our way up to 14th. I just can't be prouder of the effort that Alex put in, he never gave up, he just charged on. The IRWIN Ford was better again in the race but again qualifying let us down, however I think I can say that we've again learnt some important lessons about the car and we've come out of this race better again. I'm really excited to get to Phillip Island; we're making headway. It won't be too much longer and we'll be qualifying a lot better and the race results will speak for themselves."

-source: irwin racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Cameron McConville , Alex Davison , Mark Winterbottom , Phillip Island