DAVISON'S DAY OF UPS AND DOWNS IN TOWNSVILLE IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has led 24 laps, but ultimately failed to finish the opening 200-kilometre race of the Dunlop Townsville 400 V8 Supercar event. Contact on the opening lap damaged the car's...
DAVISON'S DAY OF UPS AND DOWNS IN TOWNSVILLE
IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has led 24 laps, but ultimately failed to finish the opening 200-kilometre race of the Dunlop Townsville 400 V8 Supercar event. Contact on the opening lap damaged the car's steering rack, which held-on until 11 laps from the end when it locked and forced Davison to stop on the circuit.
After starting 24th, Davison was caught-up the opening lap skirmish which dropped him one place further down. Davison felt the hit, but reported that everything felt OK and he pressed on.
In a race that required two fuel stops, the IRWIN Racing driver put his head down and stayed out longer than just about everyone in the field.
He took the lead on lap #27 of the scheduled #72 laps and looked to be in the box seat to re-join the race well inside the top-10. However, a safety car just two laps later wiped Davison's advantage and although he pitted and kept the lead, others had made their second stop.
Nonetheless the IRWIN Ford led the field for the next 21 laps, before making his final stop of the race on lap #54.
Rejoining in 16th Davison was determined to charge towards the top-10, but the steering gave way just after the pit entry and he had to park the IRWIN Ford.
The IRWIN Racing team has the opportunity to hit back tomorrow in qualifying and another 200km race on the streets of Townsville.
WHAT ALEX DAVISON HAD TO SAY:
"The steering rack failed and it just locked up which was clearly disappointing after we had shown good pace throughout the race until then. Not finishing is not what we wanted, but it's more disappointing because we had really good speed and it would have been nice to reward that with a strong result. There are plenty of positives to take into tomorrow's qualifying and race. If we have a Sunday like last time in Darwin where we finished second, I will be happy. Staying out has been working for us. Getting the clear air really allows me to put my head down and string together plenty of fast laps."
WHAT IRWIN RACING ENGINEER WES McDOUGALL HAD TO SAY:
"We had pace on all three stints during the race and actually set the fifth fastest lap time. Across the race we were pretty much on-par with Jamie Whincup, but ultimately the steering rack failed near the end. It was cracked on the first lap contact and held-up until 11 laps from the end. We were happy with our strategy and were only a lap or two away from stopping, but the safety car took that advantage away. We just need to fine tune the car for tomorrow and importantly we have some good tyres to attack in qualifying and into the race."