Introduction

Ash Walsh

Ash Walsh is a driver in the 2014 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series. The Dunlop Series, formerly known as the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Development Series, is the second tier V8 Supercar Series in Australia. Ash will compete in the 2014 series in a Matt Stone Racing Ford Falcon. To keep up to date with Ash’s racing, be sure to visit this site regularly.

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Podium position for Ash Walsh closes out a wild weekend at Queensland Raceway.

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Infants’ Friend V8 Supercar driver Ash Walsh has staged a great recovery to finish second overall in Round 5 of the 2014 Dunlop Series at Ipswich today. After a gritty drive on Saturday which saw Walsh storm past 25 cars, he was again on the move at the start of today’s race.

Quickly moving into third from sixth on the grid, Walsh picked off Paul Morris and Marcus Zukanovic to grab the lead. He then built a good gap to the field but today the Safety Car did not play into his hands. Lurking behind the lead group and driving up the Top 10 was rival Paul Dumbrell. These two have become the main protagonists in the championship and Walsh could see ‘PD’ closing down his advantage. With only three laps to run Dumbrell, with the faster car, slipped under Ash at Turn 3 and claimed the race win. In doing so he also sneaked into the lead of the Dunlop Series – only four points separating the two drivers.

For Walsh, it was a great performance after the penalty served up yesterday. To come from last to fifth in race one, then grab second on the podium for the round was a very solid performance by Walsh and the Infants’ Friend / MSR team.

The penultimate round takes place at Bathurst in October.

 

#87 – Ash Walsh – Infant’s Friend Falcon FG

“After I got past Paul Morris, I was sort of hoping he would hold up PD a little! He was really fast today and I just didn’t really have an answer for him. The mistake yesterday was costly and Paul made me pay for it.

“We may have started today with the tyre pressures a bit high and I could not hold Paul out. The car wasn’t bad; we just did not have quite enough to hang on at the end. Bathurst is going to be tough with the longer 250km race, but we are right in this Championship with only a handful of points between the two of us.”

 

2014 Dunlop Series Pointscore after Round 5

Pos  Driver                Total

 

1    Paul Dumbrell              1236

2    Ashley Walsh                1232

3    Andre Heimgartner     921

4    Chris Pither                     881

5    Paul Morris                     879

6    Cameron Waters           875

7    Ant Pedersen                 873

8    Garry Jacobson             869

9    Andrew Jones                755

10   Aaren Russell               749

Ash Walsh is proudly supported by Infant’s Friend, AUSblue, G. J. Walsh & Co, Apprentice Employment Network, Revolution Racegear, Green Legion, Magical Memorabilia and Media Glue.

 

Web: www.ashwalshmotorsport.com

Twitter:  AshWalsh45

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Storming drive from Ash Walsh sets up thrilling battle in Dunlop Series.

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The first of two races in Round 5 of the Dunlop Series produced controversy and on track action in truck loads! In form series leader Ash Walsh qualified the Infants’ Friend Falcon in P4 after not getting the second run quite to his liking but drama greeted the young Ipswich based driver on his return to pit lane. An infringement in the delivery of the car to the scales was enough to send the #87 Matt Stone Racing Ford to the rear of grid. A bitter blow given his main rival Paul Dumbrell would start from the front row.

The race started and Walsh was on the move passing nine cars on lap one. But there was carnage at the front as Cam Waters dived into Turn 4, hit Chris Pither and an innocent Steve Johnson arrived with nowhere to go. A number of cars were eliminated on the spot as the field formed behind the first of what would be three Safety Car periods.

These laps under Safety Car in fact helped Walsh as he was able to continue his march up the field picking off car after car in one of his best drives in season 2014. As the final two laps were run in a race shortened 24 lap race, Walsh moved into fifth place limiting the potential point score damage and retaining the lead of the Dunlop Series Championship from Dumbrell.

He will start from the third row of the grid in the final 29 lap race on Sunday.

 

#87 – Ash Walsh – Infant’s Friend Falcon FG

“There was a lot going on in that race! There were cars going everywhere out of Turn 5 on the first lap and I took to the grass, kept the car straight, didn’t hit anything and pushed on.

“It all happened again at the second restart and I had to pick off cars as I could. I don’t reckon we had the best handling car today, but tomorrow will give us another crack after getting up to P5 today. We have chased every race and we will take tomorrow exactly the same way and hopefully bring home a good round result.”

 

2014 Dunlop Series Pointscore after Race 1 of Round 5

Pos  Driver                Total

 

1    Ashley Walsh                               1094

2    Paul Dumbrell                             1086

3    Andre Heimgartner                  852

4    Chris Pither                                  821

5    Cameron Waters                        771

6    Garry Jacobson                         767

7    Ant Pedersen                              762

8    Paul Morris                                  759

9    Andrew Jones                             683

10   Todd Hazelwood                      666

Ash Walsh is proudly supported by Infant’s Friend, AUSblue, G. J. Walsh & Co, Apprentice Employment Network, Revolution Racegear, Green Legion, Magical Memorabilia and Media Glue.

 

Web: www.ashwalshmotorsport.com

Twitter:  AshWalsh45

www.infantsfriend.com.au

Ash Walsh recovers in dominant race win at Townsville Dunlop Series final.

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After a frustrating end to the first Dunlop Series race on Saturday, Ash Walsh put his stamp on today’s race with a faultless performance to win the 29 lap final leg.

The race win was a critical part of Walsh’s title chase as it ensured he leaves Townsville with the points lead still in his pocket. Walsh made another great start and rounded up pole sitter Cam Waters by Turn 2. From that point he was never headed and managed a gap that Waters could not close. A Safety Car intervention did not deter Walsh as he blasted the Infants’ Friend Falcon back into the lead at the green flag.

As the laps ran down, Walsh started to catch back markers but got by to take the Chequered Flag and recover to fifth overall for the round. The pointscore has closed at the top of the leader board but Ash holds a 47 point lead in the 2014 Dunlop Series.

#87 – Ash Walsh – Infant’s Friend Falcon FG

“I was really determined to come out today and get the race win after yesterday’s result. The race hinged on the start and I was able to get Cam (Waters) by Turn 2. From there it was all about building the gap and focusing on the lap times and tyre wear. The restart went well and I was confident that we could hold the gap to second.

“It was important not to not get carried away with what happened yesterday, so I just chilled out with the Matt Stone guys and looked at our plan of attack for today. I am always thinking of the championship so today was really important to ensure we kept the points lead. We have some new sponsors on board this weekend so I hope we gave them something to cheer about!”

2014 Dunlop Series Pointscore after Round 4

Pos         Driver                                    Total

1              Ashley Walsh                     983

2              Paul Dumbrell                  936

3              Andre Heimgartner         852

4              Chris Pither                       821

5              Cameron Waters              723

6              Paul Morris                       669

7              Todd Hazelwood              666

8              Ant Pedersen                    666

9              Garry Jacobson                647

10           Geoff Emery                      564

 

Ash Walsh is proudly supported by Infant’s Friend, AUSblue, G. J. Walsh & Co, Apprentice Employment Network, Revolution Racegear, Green Legion, Magical Memorabilia and Media Glue.

Last corner carve up denies Ash Walsh a race win in Townsville Dunlop Series opener.

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Infants’ Friend / AUSblue V8 Supercar driver Ash Walsh dominated Race 1 of Round 4 of the 2014 Dunlop Series today in Townsville. After Qualifying in second place the Ipswich driver grabbed the lead at the start and held it through a wild race littered with accidents and Safety Cars. But the Chequered Flag would not fly for the #87 Matt Stone Racing Ford as one of his main rivals made a poorly judged attempt to grab the lead at the last corner of the last lap.

Coming from a long way back Cam Waters totally overcooked his manoeuvre to try and pass Ash and hit Walsh’s car, turning it around only a few hundred meters from the flag. Walsh recovered as the field streamed by to finish in P18.

Walsh has remained in the Dunlop Series Championship lead although Paul Dumbrell made ground to be only 17 points in front.

Race 2 will be run over 29 laps on Sunday with a separate Qualifying session, which gives Walsh and the Infants’ Friend team every chance of victory.

#87 – Ash Walsh – Infant’s Friend Falcon FG

“It was a good race right up until the very last corner. The car was very strong on the restarts. I was being a little cautious on the last lap and managing the lead. It allowed Cam to be in ‘punting’ distance and he took full advantage of it!

“I had a little rear locking in to Turn 2 but was confident I could keep the gap all the way to the flag. We have another Qualifying tomorrow for Race 2 so hopefully we can bounce back and win.”

Ash Walsh is proudly supported by Infant’s Friend, AUSblue, G. J. Walsh & Co, Apprentice Employment Network, Revolution Racegear, Green Legion, Magical Memorabilia and Media Glue.

 

 

Ash Walsh wins in Perth and takes overall Dunlop Series lead.

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The 2014 Dunlop Series had a change of outright leader in Perth today after Ash Walsh took the round win and moved to the top of Championship. The second 38 lap race saw the Infants’ Friend Falcon driver move from his 9th grid position to a very strong second place at the flag. The pair of second places for the weekend was enough to give Walsh the round win and the Dunlop Series Championship lead.

Although a hard fought race, two of Walsh’s main contenders suffered problems – one on track and one off it. Cam Waters was sitting one place ahead of a fast closing Walsh when he pulled his FPR Falcon off track with engine problems. Paul Dumbrell however had returned to Melbourne with some prior business commitments, a fact that was unknown to most of the field until an hour or so before the race.

Walsh told the media after the race that on one hand he was glad to be leading but wanted the on track results to be the gauge. He did however drive a well calculated race moving up once again in the reverse Top 10 race as he has done in previous rounds. A great battle with Dean Fiore was decided in Walsh’s favour as he was able to dive under him at Turn 7 as Fiore ran a bit wide. This gave Ash second place and a certain round victory.

The Infants’ Friend / AUSblue crew were jubilant at the round win and feels the momentum will continue to the next round in Townsville in early July.

#87 – Ash Walsh – Infant’s Friend Falcon FG

“I did not find out that PD (Paul Dumbrell) was not running and had prior business commitments. I was as surprised as everyone else. It is not the way I wanted to take the Dunlop Series lead as we have had some really good battles on track and that is what you want to win. It has given me the points lead so I’ll take it.

“As far as today’s race goes, it was a good battle with Dean (Fiore) and I was able to get by him in Turn 7. The tyre degradation was much worse today than yesterday so to come through from 9th to 2nd was fantastic. We have some good form now, but there are still things all the team need to work on. The Championship has a long way to go but we are heading in the right direction.”

2014 Dunlop Series standings after Round 3

1 Ashley Walsh 782
2 Paul Dumbrell 678
3 Andre Heimgartner 594
4 Chris Pither 585
5 Paul Morris 585
6 Andrew Jones 554
7 Cameron Waters 543
8 Garry Jacobson 515
9 Todd Hazelwood 510
10 Ant Pedersen 486

 

 

Ash Walsh is proudly supported by Infant’s Friend, AusBlue, G. J. Walsh & Co and Revolution Racegear, Green Legion, Magical Memorabilia and Media Glue.