DAVISON BATTLES THROUGH TO 15TH IN SECOND WINTON V8 RACE IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has finished the 6th race of the V8 Supercar Championship in 15th after battling back at Winton Motor Raceway. Davison finished yesterday's race in 21st after...
DAVISON BATTLES THROUGH TO 15TH IN SECOND WINTON V8 RACE
IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has finished the 6th race of the V8 Supercar Championship in 15th after battling back at Winton Motor Raceway.
Davison finished yesterday's race in 21st after two incidents ended any chances. He was determined to be on the money today.
Qualifying didn't go the IRWIN Racing team's way today and Davison had to start 24th. From the outset Davison reported that the IRWIN Ford had too much understeer and he was unable to fight in a pack of cars.
A safety car on the 19th lap brought Davison to the pits. However, he had to wait behind Stone Brothers Racing team-mate Shane van Gisbergen before adding fuel and fresh tyres. He re-joined in 26th.
Davison put his down and drove a sensible race as a range of pit strategies and the use of the new soft tyre was used by other teams. The IRWIN Racing team used the soft tyre yesterday, so they had to make the most of car speed to maintain position on standard race tyres.
Davison was far happier with the car out of the traffic and his consistent pace proved invaluable through the second half of the race.
The IRWIN Racing team driver now sits 16th in the championship. This means he will drive in the extra practice session at the next round at Symmons Plains in Tasmania.
The IRWIN Racing team will also use the second of its four allocated test days at Queensland Raceway ahead of the Tasmanian round. The opportunity for Davison and the team to work together is something that all concerned is looking forward too.
WHAT ALEX DAVISON HAD TO SAY:
"Good to get some points, but overall we came here expecting a lot more," said Davison.
"We didn't make the progress throughout the weekend. Especially in the last race when the handling was not very good. We just could not run in a pack of cars; in the clean air we were fine and I could maintain a good pace, but that took us out of the fight.
"Importantly before the next race in Tasmania we have a test session. We are all looking forward to making the most of that day so that we can be in a strong position when we cross Bass Strait.
"At that test we will concentrate on car set-up and get it heading towards its true potential. I still have plenty to learn and a day where we can concentrate on our program will be a huge benefit.
WHAT IRWIN RACING ENGINEER WES McDOUGALL HAD TO SAY:
"After our struggles in qualifying to finish 15th has earned us some valuable points," said McDougall.
"We lost a lot of time in the pits as we stopped behind Shane, but it turned out to be the right call in the long run.
"This weekend we struggled with qualifying, then a couple of incidents cost us yesterday. Today was a real battle. However, we kept our head down and really we finished a lot better than other teams who started well ahead of us.
"The test is something we are all looking forward to. The first test we had was interrupted by rain and really from then we have been trying to catch-up. This next test will allow us to concentrate on what we want to achieve."
WHAT IRWIN RACING TEAM PRINCIPAL ROSS STONE HAD TO SAY:
"One of those weekends where our qualifying speed hurt us and we had to battle through the races," said Ross Stone.
"Today's result could have been a little better, but some of the guys who saved their soft tyres from yesterday certainly made gains.
"I believe we made the right call with when we used the soft tyre in the Saturday race, it just got cancelled through other incidents.
"For Alex the upcoming test will provide him with a great opportunity to really get some miles under his belt. He has been on the back foot up until now. I firmly believe that the test will be of enormous benefit to him and everyone on the IRWIN Racing team."