STEERING FAILURE SIDELINES IRWIN RACING IN TOWNSVILLE IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has had a weekend he would rather forget after ongoing steering issues ended his charge in both of the weekend's races of the Dunlop Townsville 400 V8 Supercar ...
STEERING FAILURE SIDELINES IRWIN RACING IN TOWNSVILLE
IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has had a weekend he would rather forget after ongoing steering issues ended his charge in both of the weekend's races of the Dunlop Townsville 400 V8 Supercar event.
Davison's race ended 11 laps from the finish yesterday when the steering rack failed. Today was even worse with a failure in the morning's qualifying session and the same issue occurring just 12 laps into the race.
The issue was not isolated to the IRWIN Racing entry, with team-mate Shane van Gisbergen also having a steering rack replaced after this morning's qualifying, then his car was retired just one lap after Davison.
During the opening 200km race, the IRWIN Racing Ford showed plenty of pace to set the fifth fastest lap of the race and it was hoped that pace could be improved in today's second leg. Unfortunately for Davison he never got to show what the IRWIN Racing Ford was truly capable.
The IRWIN Racing team will re-group back at Stone Brothers Racing headquarters on the Gold Coast later in the week to isolate the issue and look towards the next round at the end of the month at Sandown in Melbourne.
WHAT ALEX DAVISON HAD TO SAY:
"It was the third one for the weekend, so when it started to go away I knew straight away to bring it to the pits. There was no point in trying to press on. Clearly disappointing as we had the same issue in yesterday's race and also in this morning's qualifying session. Also our team-mate Shane van Gisbergen lost one in qualifying this morning and he had to retire from the race. It is not a new type of part that we have introdcued this weekend. In fact pretty much the entire field uses the same set-up, plus it has not been a problem at any other street race this year. We had good pace yesterday and didn't finish. Today we really got nothing out of the race because it was over far too soon. I have full faith in the team and for sure it will be given the highest priority to make sure it doesn't happen again."
WHAT IRWIN RACING ENGINEER WES McDOUGALL HAD TO SAY:
"From an engineering point of view we got nothing out of the race. Today was a non-event really. We really believed we had a very strong package this weekend so to come away with a non-finish in both races is clearly disappointing. We really need as much track time as possible to continue to improve the car and this weekend reliability has not been on our side."
WHAT IRWIN TEAM PRINCIPAL ROSS STONE HAD TO SAY:
"It is absolutely disappointing. We will need to do our home work to find out what has happened this weekend. We have run the same specification steering rack for a number of years and it has been bullet-proof. We go to a number of circuits where we bounce over kerbs, so this place is nothing special. From what we can tell all the steering racks have broken in the same way and we really need to look at why this has happened once we get back to base."
NEXT RACE WEEKEND
Races 13 and 14 in the V8 Supercar Championship Series will be the Norton 360 Sandown Challenge in Melbourne on 31 July to 2 August.