MID-FIELD FINISH FOR IRWIN RACING AT WINTON IRWIN Racing has had a solid run at Winton this weekend finishing the two V8 Supercar races in 16th and 17th place respectively. IRWIN Racing is heading to the next event feeling encouraged...
MID-FIELD FINISH FOR IRWIN RACING AT WINTON
IRWIN Racing has had a solid run at Winton this weekend finishing the two V8 Supercar races in 16th and 17th place respectively.
IRWIN Racing is heading to the next event feeling encouraged following a weekend of strong development and gains in chassis set-up.
The IRWIN Ford showed that it has the speed, posting the third fastest lap time in Saturday's first race. With a better balance and a car that is kinder on its rear tyres the team expects to see a competitive improvement in coming races.
Alex Davison was able to gain some good points that elevated him back into the top 20 in the Championship.
What Irwin Racing's Alex Davison had to say:
"We did improve the IRWIN Ford over the course of the weekend, no doubt about it, but we're still struggling a fair bit with rear tyre degradation. It was very high, we were burning up the tyres and getting massive oversteer. Our pace early in the stints wasn't too bad, yesterday we had a fast car early but towards the end of the stint the tyres would drop off a lot more than we needed them too. But we learn about why the car is doing this more and more, Dave (Stuart) was pretty encouraged from an engineering perspective, which is good. Unfortunately we lost time and position in the pits stops. The first safety car made pit lane pretty busy. I came in to the pit bay on a very awkward angle thanks to the car in the pit bay behind me, and in the second safety car period I had to queue behind Shane (Van Gisbergen). You'd prefer this not to happen, but it's how everything unfolded. Our main problem was simply the car not looking after its tyres. We lost time in the pits, but in the overall scheme of things this wasn't the reason why we finished where we finished. We had good form at Darwin last year and the car is improving as we learn more, I'm looking forward to the next event."
What Irwin Racing Engineer David Stuart had to say:
"I'm not that disappointed with the weekend, we would have liked to qualify higher but looking at the data we think there were a couple of 10th in there that would have put us up around 11th. Overall we definitely made improvements to the IRWIN Ford. It was a tough race today, the balance of the IRWIN Falcon was quite good but it was too hard on its rear tyres, which we didn't really improve from yesterday. It was good to be able to attack and fight, we were pretty competitive with all of the cars around us. This weekend has been pretty encouraging; we've learnt a little bit more. If we can go to the next race meeting and have the same balance that we have now I'll be pretty happy and we can then start working on saving the rear tyres without getting too much understeer. Starting the weekend with three cars on the same set-up was good. They are slightly different now, when in their individual race configurations, but we knew that would happen. We're looking very closely at the changes made by everyone in the team and we'll determine if those changes took us down the right path. We've got a test day coming up, we'll use that and work on a few more things with the chassis and go to Darwin keen to attack. I'm looking forward to the Darwin, looking forward to the test day and looking forward to making some more gains."
-source: irwin racing