Winton: IRWIN Racing Saturday notes

PENALTIES RUIN DAVISON'S CHANCES IN OPENING WINTON RACE IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has finished the 5th race of the V8 Supercar Championship season in 21st position after a tough day at Winton Motor Raceway in central Victoria. Davison just...

PENALTIES RUIN DAVISON'S CHANCES IN OPENING WINTON RACE

IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has finished the 5th race of the V8 Supercar Championship season in 21st position after a tough day at Winton Motor Raceway in central Victoria.

Davison just missed the top-20 qualifying session and started the 33-lap race from 23rd.

Today's race was the first event where teams could opt to use a softer Dunlop race tyre. The IRWIN Racing team started the race on the softer tyre and choose an aggressive race strategy stopping at the end of the first lap.

Under the race regulations each car had to add 50-litres of fuel. Radio interference sparked confusion and Davison was sent out in the path of Greg Murphy and the two cars collided.

Davison was given a drive-through penalty and he dropped to rear of the pack. A midrace safety car bunched the field and after the re-start he collided with Dale Wood and he served another drive-through penalty.

Davison completed the race on the same set of tyres, meaning he will have at least two sets of brand new standard Dunlop tyres for tomorrow's qualifying and 67-lap race.

WHAT ALEX DAVISON HAD TO SAY:

"Someone just didn't want us to go well today," said Davison.

"During the pitstop there was some radio interference, plus we had a car parked in front of us. I got sent out into the traffic and collided with Greg Murphy and got the first drive-through penalty.

"I flat spotted a tyre and then while I was trying to hold I collided with Dale Wood and got another penalty. The tyres were absolutely shot by the end.

"We kept the same set of the tyres on for the entire race, so we have plenty of tyres for qualifying and the race tomorrow.

"I actually believe our pace is very good and with a good stock of tyres to choose from, I'm looking forward to hitting back with a strong result in the IRWIN Ford."

WHAT IRWIN RACING ENGINEER WES McDOUGALL HAD TO SAY:

"Everything that seemed that could go wrong did go wrong, but importantly we finished," said McDougall.

"It looks like just about everyone today used the soft tyre, plus some others used the standard tyre as well. So the silver lining is that we have good stock to choose from, especially for qualifying.

"Our strategy was the right one. Our Stone Brothers Racing teammate Shane van Gisbergen showed that would have been the way to go if we didn't get those penalties.

"Tomorrow's race is twice as long and we feel that we are better on the longer runs, plus we have good rubber to choose from for the IRWIN Falcon."

-credit: ir

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Series Supercars
Drivers Greg Murphy , Alex Davison , Dale Wood