V8 Supercars – Irwin Racing Narrowly Misses Townsville Podium

July 10, 2011

V8 Supercars

The new Irwin Racing Falcon gets a shakedown at Queensland Raceway

IRWIN Racing’s Alex Davison has driven a superb race to finish the second leg of the Sucrogen Townsville 400 in fourth place – just missing out on a prized podium.

Davison, driving a fast IRWIN Ford Falcon and with a car that was strong on soft option tyres, improved from 22nd on the starting grid to finish 16 spots higher.

After the disappointment of the Saturday race where Davison finished 26th, thanks to a broken drive shaft and an electrical sensor problem that saw him garaged twice, the team took advantage of a loophole in the regulations that allowed it to use two sets of soft tyres in the weekend’s second 200 kilometre race.

Having only completed two laps on his Saturday soft tyre allocation, Davison came in to pit on lap 23 and ran on soft tyres through to the end of the race.

With a faster car, Davison was able to pass at ease and looked like challenging for what would have been his second podium of the year.

Running out of laps, Davison came within two-and-a-half seconds of claiming third place.

At the half-way point of the series Davison is well placed in the top 10 of the championship and goes into the season break placed ninth.

The season resumes on August 19.

What IRWIN Racing’s Alex Davison had to say:

“It doesn’t matter how you get them you take the results in this category any way you can get them. Coming fourth gave us a great haul of points which we needed given the shocker we had on Saturday. Hopefully we can keep getting these results because days like yesterday (Saturday) move you back so far in the championship. It’s much easier to drop positions than it is to claw your way back. We had a bit of luck with the tyre rule but after that last restart, after the safety car, everyone was in the same boat and we knew we could race pretty strongly on soft tyres. For sure we’ve made progress and the IRWIN Ford was stronger and faster, which is what we want to maintain. Our aim for the next race in Queensland, our home race, is to really come out of the truck at practice with a strong car so we can spend the weekend fine tuning it rather than playing catch-up. That was our problem this weekend but hopefully at Queensland Raceway we can be on top of things early and have a solid outing.”

What IRWIN Engineer Daniel Kroehn had to say:

“Fourth! IRWIN Racing definitely can’t complain with that. You always want to do better, but riding the highs and lows this weekend, we bottomed out yesterday and made a small step forward this morning. It was still not where we wanted to be but we learned a lesson from that and did well today. Alex (Davison) did a wonderful job in the Sunday race, he had to sit tight at the start of the race given where he started but once we got onto the soft tyres we were in our element. The safety car bunched the field up and gave back some of the advantage that we lost at the start of the race and we showed really good speed at the end of the race. I am really happy to go home with fourth place; the points that come with that result are always nice to have, especially at the halfway point of the season. We have something to build upon and we’ll look forward to our home race next race meeting.”

CHAMPIONSHIP TOP 10 AFTER 15 OF 27 RACES

1. #88 Jamie Whincup 1683points
2. #888 Craig Lowndes 1497
3. #9 Shane van Gisbergen 1317
4. #15 Rick Kelly 1244
5. #5 Mark Winterbottom 1201
6. #6 Will Davison 1200
7. #2 Garth Tander 1190
8. #17 Steve Johnson 1165
9. #4 Alex Davison 1110
10. #8 Jason Bright 1043

V8 SUPERCARS: TOWNSVILLE RACE 15 RESULTS

1. #88 Jamie Whincup 72 laps
2. #888 Craig Lowndes
3. #5 Mark Winterbottom
4. #4 Alex Davison
5. #9 Shane van Gisbergen
6. #33 Lee Holdsworth
7. #47 Tim Slade
8. #61 Fabian Coulthard
9. #39 Russell Ingall
10. #55 Paul Dumbrell

V8 SUPERCARS: TOWNSVILLE RACE 15 QUALIFYING RESULTS

1. #888 Craig Lowndes 1:12.8533
2. #95 Mark Winterbottom 1:13.1731
3. #16 Rick Kelly 1:13.2065
4. #2 Garth Tander 1:13.2192
5. #6 Will Davison 1:13.2581
6. #8 Jason Bright 1:13.2978
7. #33 Lee Holdsworth 1:13.3115
8. #88 Jamie Whincup 1:13.3530
9. #15 Rick Kelly 1:13.4124
10. #18 James Moffat 1:13.4885
22. #4 Alex Davison 1:13.8308

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