Strong comeback for Ash Walsh in Bathurst Dunlop Series final

simPRO Racing Team driver Ash Walsh put in a heady and mature drive in Race 2 of the 2012 Dunlop Series at Bathurst today. Starting in position 20, Walsh was confident of moving up the field but was not losing sight of the need to continue to build on his Championship Points position.

Walsh wasted no time however and was up 6 spots in a blistering first lap to cross the line in fourteenth place at the end of Lap 1. Ash’s progress continued until Lap 6 when the Safety Car was called. At the restart Walsh was in a huge battle with Emery, Zukanovic and Drew Russell. The simPRO falcon was in the Top 10 on Lap 8 but tyre wear and the car’s balance were taking their toll and he slipped back to eleventh at the Chequered Flag. It was good result and the points earned were enough to hold his sixth place in the 2012 Dunlop Series. Continue reading

Bathurst deals a tough hand to Ash Walsh in Dunlop Series opener

simPRO Racing Team driver Ash Walsh was one of a number of drivers to strike problems in the opening 14 lap race in the 2012 Dunlop Series at Bathurst. In a rough and tumble race, Walsh appeared to capitalize well at the start but had to back out of it as Rod Jane pushed the #87 Matt Stone Racing Falcon perilously close to the pit wall.

Cars were spearing off the track at the Chase on Lap 1 and a Safety car was deployed. Walsh maintained his position in 13th and was soon on the charge moving up to 11th and looking at the his goal of the Top 10. On Lap 6, Ash was off the road at the Chase undoing the good work and dropping him back to 14th.
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Ash Walsh recovers well after Mt Panorama bites

simPRO Racing Team driver Ash Walsh has endured an up and down practice and qualifying in the opening stanza of the Bathurst Dunlop Series this weekend at Bathurst. The 23 car field was on track for 2 x 40 minute practice sessions on Friday and this morning for the all important Qualifying session.

“Bathurst is without doubt the greatest test for a driver and I was a little over ambitious in the early running on Friday. The car felt good immediately but I made a mistake at Turn 2 and that was that.” Walsh commented. The Matt Stone Racing Team had a busy few hours to effect repairs to the #87 simPRO Falcon but Ash was ready to go in the second session late this afternoon. Continue reading