Level Headed Drive by Alex Davison in Rain Soaked NZ‏

April 16, 2011

V8 Supercars

IRWIN Racing’s Alex Davison has driven maturely in wild conditions to narrowly miss out on a top 10 result at a rain deluged ITM400 in New Zealand today.

Starting from 28th, Davison made up 17 positions and looked like he might finish in the top 10 – which would have been a remarkable result given the amount of water on the track.
The track was damp at the start of the race, but by lap 21 mayhem broke out in the form of heavy rain.

Cars were going off, sliding into pit crews and spinning at pit entry as drivers tried to manage a street circuit that had turned into an ice skating rink.

Throughout this Davison didn’t put a foot wrong, driving sensibly to maintain control of his IRWIN Ford Falcon. He did what was required to earn as many points as possible and maintained his strong position in the championship top 10.

Coming into the race placed fourth, Davison goes into tomorrow’s second and final 200 kilometre race in sixth position, a mere 183 points from the series lead.

Qualifying for tomorrow’s race begins at 9am (AEST) with the race starting at 1.05pm (add two hours for NZ time).

What IRWIN Racing’s Alex Davison had to say:

“I can’t remember driving in such tough conditions; that was pretty full on. When it started pouring down the visibility was absolutely zero. You are going down the straight and you know the braking point is coming up somewhere and you sort of have a guess and hope you don’t lock up and spear into the pack in front. If you are lucky you can see the brake lights. It was pretty hairy. Driving on the control wet weather tyre in the wet is difficult, but when there is that much water on the road the cars start to aquaplane. I did what I needed to do today, I kept it on the track. We weren’t as competitive in the wet as we needed to be or would have liked to be but I pushed as hard as I could and kept the IRWIN Ford on the road as best I could. We weren’t ultra competitive but we got some solid points again and obviously it goes without saying we’ll be working hard to go better tomorrow. You know if you start down the back in these long races you can come through. If you have really good pace you can get back up to the front. We had average pace and got up to 11th. It would have been a nice result to finish inside of the top ten, given our starting place, but given everything that happened in that race I’m happy to settle with that result and hope for something better tomorrow.”

What IRWIN Engineer Daniel Kroehn had to say:

“I can’t praise Alex (Davison) enough for the job he did today. The weather conditions were treacherous, I’ve never experienced conditions like that in a V8 Supercar race before. It was dry, then it was damp, then it absolutely poured. A lot of drivers made a lot of silly mistakes and I think where Alex qualified to where he finished was not only a really good job but a really good test of his character. He didn’t make one mistake, he drove sensibly and did what needed to be done in regard to the championship and his position in the top 10.”

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