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Ash Walsh

Ash Walsh is the newest driver to join the 2016 Porsche Carrera Cup Championship after parting ways with V8 Supercars Team Erebus Motorsport after the break up of 2015 Season. To keep up to date with Ash’s racing, be sure to visit this site regularly.

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Grid Penalty costly for Ash Walsh in Porsche Carrera Cup results in Sydney.

Ash Walsh proved once again he is one of the fastest men tackling the 2016 Porsche Carrera Cup series at Sydney Motorsport Park last weekend with a strong drive to a front row grid spot in Qualifying. With the round reduced to just two races, this was a critical performance however the Carrera Cup Race Stewards saw otherwise and docked Walsh four grid positions for ‘impeding another competitor’ during Qualifying.

The Infants’ Friend GT3 Cup Car driver was gutted as it put him back to sixth spot for the opening 16 lap race on Saturday. Walsh started well and was running strongly early in the race before spinning out of sixth position on the third lap – dropping as low as last before rebounding to 11th at the line.

The second race would see Ash start the Infant’s Friend / Bob Jane from 11th, and with the bit between his teeth he stormed up the order. He was in 8th at the end of the first lap and then passed Steve Richards to move to seventh. Setting the fastest lap of the race, Ash could not catch Dean Fiore and finished in sixth position.

Overall he finished in 8th for the round and now has his sights set on Sandown for Round 6 in three weeks’ time.

Ash Walsh #777 Sonic Porsche GT 3 Cup
“The weekend started very well, but I was really frustrated by the grid penalty after such a good Qualifying. The Sonic boys really had the GT 3 on song, but to drop four grid spots hurt us.
“I guess I was just pushing on really hard to regain those positions when I drooped a wheel into the dirt at Turn 6 and spun. There is quite a few ruts and things off the track surface, and it just pitched me round and I had to wait for the whole field to go by.
“We managed to get a reasonable result and it showed just how good the Infants’ Friend Porsche was at SMSP. We have to regroup and now focus on Sandown. I really like the track and feel we can shoot for a good result.”

Ash Walsh sets his sights on strong Porsche Carrera Cup results in Sydney.

The 2016 Porsche Carrera Cup continues this weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park with round five of the eight round series being run. Ash Walsh currently sits in sixth place in the Championship, but a good result this weekend can see him claw his way back up the order. The Infants’ Friend Porsche driver will be on the grid at Sydney Motorsport Park as part of the largest Porsche Carrera Cup event to be staged in Australia, with 44 911 GT3 Cup cars set to start the nation’s first Carrera Cup joint round.

In a very unique event, the Australian Porsche Carrera Cup will be joined in Sydney by the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, for the Asian series’ first ever event Down Under. With 44 identical cars competing across the two series, the event marks the largest gathering of current generation Carrera Cup cars in the Southern Hemisphere.

The two championships will contest their weekends separately (practice, qualifying and two races) before the series combine for two class based races to conclude the weekend.

Walsh was enthusiastic about the concept but added that it puts more pressure on the round as there are only two point scoring races. After a season so far which has seen a race win and podium, Walsh is hungry for a good result in Sydney.

 

Ash Walsh #777 Sonic Porsche GT 3 Cup

“We have had a long gap between races and I am looking forward to getting back into the Infants’ Friend / Bob Jane T Marts Porsche. The Sonic boys have done quite a bit of work on the cars since Darwin, and I have been able to focus on my Supercars Endurance role with Tim Slade, driving the car at QR and a full test day at Winton.

“My focus now is to try and close down the gap to the guys in front in the points score. We only have two races this weekend towards the Championship as the Asian Carrera Cup shares racing on the same program. It is a cool idea and the race with the combined grid at the end of Sunday should be fun.

“With only three rounds to go we have to get a very consistent result this weekend, but this is a track I enjoy and the team is confident of a good result.”

Ash Walsh battles hard in Darwin Porsche Carrera Cup round.

Captured at Round 4 of the Porsche Carrera Cup at the Darwin Triple Crown, Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

 

Captured at Round 4 of the Porsche Carrera Cup at the Darwin Triple Crown, Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

 

Captured at Round 4 of the Porsche Carrera Cup at the Darwin Triple Crown, Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

 

Darwin proved to be a round of highs and lows for Infants’ Friend Porsche driver Ash Walsh. Heading into Round 4 of the 2016 Porsche Carrera Cup Championship, Walsh was confident that the Sonic Team would be a real threat at the Hidden Valley track. Practice and Qualifying proved that the #777 Porsche was indeed on the pace with Ash lining up on the front row in position two.

Race 1 saw Walsh start well but a big lunge at Pole Sitter Matt Campbell for the lead at Turn 5 saw the Infants’ Friend / Bob Jane T Marts Porsche off in the grass and tumbling back to 12th position.

A good comeback drive by Ash moved him up the field to finish seventh just behind his team mate Nick McBride in the second Sonic Porsche GT3.

Race 2 was a tougher affair for Walsh. Battling hard with McBride into Turn 5, he was then turned around by Fraser Ross who hit the rear of the Infant’s Friend Porsche. Once again, Walsh had to cut through the pack to recover his position moving up from 19th to 9th at the flag.

The final race was less dramatic and Walsh took advantage of a Safety Car restart on Lap 4 to move up to 6th place. He would gain another spot to move into 5th on Lap 10 and hold that position for the duration of the race.

A determined recovery in the first two races gave Walsh an overall seventh for the round. He is now in 6th place in the 2016 Porsche Carrera Cup Championship.

Ash Walsh Quote: “The Infants’ Friend / Bob Jane T Marts Porsche had plenty of speed this weekend but we just did not put it all tighter. Qualifying was good, but I made a mistake in Race 1 which really hurt us.

“I was confident that we could move back up but then got hit by Ross in Race 2 and ended up at the back. So to finish up in fifth in the final was OK, but certainly not the result we were looking for. The racing was pretty wild in Darwin and once again the Sonic crew gave me a great car. We have to work on putting a full round result together in Sydney next month.”

Championship Points After Round 4 of 8

Position Driver Points
1 Matt Campbell 546.5
2 Alex Davison 542
3 Nick McBride 509
4 David Wall 443
5 Steven Richards 383
6 Ash Walsh 364
7 Michael Almond 294
8 Fraser Ross 273.5
9 Dean Fiore 268
10 Duvashen Padayachee 225.5

Ash Walsh hungry for success at Darwin Porsche Carrera Cup round.

during the Porsche RENNSPORT Australia, in Sydney, Australia, May 01, 2016.

 

during the Porsche RENNSPORT Australia, in Sydney, Australia, May 01, 2016.

 

Ash Walsh heads to Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway this weekend as the 2016 Porsche Carrera Cup reaches the half way point of the season. The Infants’ Friend / Bob Jane T-Marts – Porsche GT3 driver believes that this round will be a critical point in his 2016 campaign as he currently sits in fourth place some 180 points off series leader Matt Campbell. The nature of the series however is very much focused on consistent point scoring and Walsh has his eyes set on a big points haul at the fast Hidden Valley layout.

The one make Porsche series makes its return trip to the Northern Territory after an eight year absence, and many of the drivers have not competed on the 3.1km layout before. Walsh has had V8 Supercar experience at Hidden Valley and rates it very highly as a test of driver and mechanical set up. The kilometre long front straight is one of the fastest sections on any track the GT3 Cup Car competes on in the eight round series.

Looking ahead to the event, Walsh was confident that his Team Sonic prepared car was capable of running right at the front in Darwin.

“We have had a pretty rough run in the early rounds. I feel we are on top of all the issues that have kept us off the podium in the last couple of rounds, so now we are looking to putting a strong weekend together and get results in all three races. The Infants’ Friend Porsche performed really well at the Rennsport Round at Sydney Motorsport Park, but we were a little unlucky with the Safety Car in Race 2.

“Darwin is a great track, it is demanding on the driver and car. It is hot and getting good airflow in these cars is hard at the best of times. The brakes get a work over and the track surface can be quite hard on tyres. Qualifying is a premium here as there is inevitable push and shove particularly at Turn One on the opening lap.

“We are shooting for a podium result in the Infant’s Friend / Bob Jane T Marts Porsche, and some good points should see us in the hunt in the remaining rounds.”

Ash Walsh moves to fourth overall in 2016 Porsche Carrera Cup after Round 3

during the Porsche RENNSPORT Australia, in Sydney, Australia, April 30, 2016.

during the Porsche RENNSPORT Australia, in Sydney, Australia, May 01, 2016.

during the Porsche RENNSPORT Australia, in Sydney, Australia, May 01, 2016.

Ash Walsh has moved the Infants’ Friend / Bob Jane T-Marts Porsche GT3 into fourth position overall after a strong showing in the Rennsport Porsche Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park. The third round of the 2016 Carrera Cup Championship featured the Pro – Am combination with Ash teaming up with sports car regular Max Twigg.

Friday practice saw Walsh send a message to the field after topping the time sheets in Practice 1, but some minor hiccups in the co-driver session resulted in a fourth position on the day heading into Qualifying.

Saturday Qualifying was split for each driver and Walsh continued his good form by Qualifying sixth after Twigg had placed eighteenth in his session.

Twigg would start the first of two hour long races. He was able to move up a couple of spots before handing over to Ash on Lap 16 of the 34 lap journey. Walsh was on the charge as soon as he got in the car, moving up steadily to cross the line in eighth position.

Race 2 on Sunday saw the Sonic Team reverse the driver strategy and have Walsh start the car. He was up to third position on the first lap and moved into second place just one lap later. The Infants’ Friend pilot was in for his Pit Stop on Lap 22, running longer than many other teams. Max Twigg was now in the car for the run home and looked to be holding his own in second until a late Safety Car period was called after a clash between two cars saw one Porsche stranded against the inside wall at Turn 4.

Bunching the field proved a disaster for the Infants’ Friend Porsche as many of the Pro Drivers had taken the second stint and the order shuffled greatly in the final two laps.

Max Twigg sat second at the restart thanks to strong early drive from Ash Walsh, but fell to fifth by the flag. Overall, however it was good consolidation of points for Walsh in his 2016 championship campaign.

“The strategy worked really well for us in the second race, but we got rolled by a late Safety Car. The first stint was good and I felt we really had a podium chance. Max was holding his own in second but the final laps saw the field bearing down on him but he still got across the line in fifth.” Ash Walsh said.

“This format over the weekend was a great concept and really tested teams and drivers as it added pit stops and driver changes into the mix. The Infants’ Friend Porsche ran very well all weekend and to move up to fourth in the point’s sets us up well for the next round.”

2016 Porsche Carrera Cup Championship Points
Position Driver Points
1 Matt Campbell 456.5
2 Nick McBride 420
3 Alex Davison 368
4 Ash Walsh 276
5 David Wall 275
6 Michael Almond 258
7 Steven Richards 257
8 Fraser Ross 225.5
9 James Bergmuller 190.5
10 Duvashen Padayachee 182.5

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