V8 Supercars – “Best Test Day I’ve Had”; Alex Davison

June 2, 2011

V8 Supercars

The new Irwin Racing Falcon gets a shakedown at Queensland Raceway

Alex Davison believes that yesterday’s test day was the best he’s had in the two and a half years he’s been with Stone Brothers Racing.

The day started out with tricky conditions after a morning shower wet the track, but the rain quickly passed and the track dried out allowing IRWIN Racing to go through a detailed programme of car development and set up changes.

IRWIN Racing focussed on confirming some of the gains made at the recent Perth and Winton rounds and looked ahead to the two hard tyres rounds in Darwin and Townsville, with the all soft tyre Queensland Raceway event also on the agenda.

Davison said that the IRWIN Ford Falcon was the strongest he’s ever experienced at a test day and believed he had made gains on both hard and soft tyre set up, which will put the team in a very strong position over the coming months.

The next event of the 2011 V8 Supercar Championship is at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway, June 17-19.

IRWIN Racing will test again at Queensland Raceway on Thursday, August 4.

What IRWIN Racing’s Alex Davison had to say:

“Without a shadow of a doubt it was the best test day I’ve had in two years. We worked methodically through the list that Dan (Kroehn) had planned. On top of that the IRWIN Ford felt really good, it was the best car I’ve ever had at a test day. We are trying to improve our overall understanding of how best to tune the IRWIN Ford so that when we are at a race meeting we can respond to different situations, different track conditions and different problems more efficiently and faster. We had a list of different things we wanted to try. A detailed plan was laid out, which we worked through. We had some ideas and new parts that we focussed on and worked on strengthening the car in preparation for the next couple of rounds.”

What IRWIN Engineer Daniel Kroehn had to say:

“The test was about focussing on the IRWIN Ford’s deficiencies or weaknesses and improving upon them so we can set up a strong chassis around them. We found two or three things that gave us a definite gain in time or improvement to the car. We’ll obviously look at how we can translate the Queensland Raceway gains to the tracks that are coming up. It was a really good test, we are continually moving forward. We made a few changes after the Perth round that gave us a stronger car over a race stint at Winton, so we confirmed those changes. We didn’t have good quality soft tyres at the test, we have another test prior to the Queensland Raceway round (in mid-August) which is an all soft tyre round, so we were saving them for that. The next two rounds are predominantly hard tyre rounds, so we really focussed on hard tyre pace.”

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