Ash Walsh on the podium at Clipsal 500

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Infant’s Friend driver Ash Walsh has backed up his first race win in the 2013 Dunlop Series with a fine third place today at the Clipsal 500, giving him second overall for the round. Walsh stepped onto the podium of a V8 Supercar race for the first time in front of a huge crowd in Adelaide.

Fresh from a win in Race 1, Walsh and the MSR team were mindful of keeping the tyre life in the car over a longer 23 lap race. Starting from Pole Position, Walsh got just too much wheel spin and was fourth after lap 1. A great run out of Turn 8 saw Walsh launch past Andy Jones to grab 3rd position on Lap 4. Although he was close to the two leading Fords of Mostert and Wood, he could not bridge the gap and settled into a third place race spot, guaranteeing him second overall for the weekend.      Continue reading

Ash Walsh takes maiden V8 Supercar win in gripping race at Clipsal 500

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Infant’s Friend sponsored driver Ash Walsh has notched his first win in a thrilling opening round in the 2013 Dunlop Series in Adelaide today. After a strong qualifying performance, Walsh lined up on the front row alongside Chaz Mostert. He jumped well and grabbed the lead into turn one. A lead he was never to surrender over the 20 lap journey.

The start was somewhat confusing as some drivers thought the lights indicated and aborted start, but Walsh blasted off the line and led major contenders Mostert and Dale Wood as the race unfolded. By lap 4, Ash had built a 1.5 second lead and this gap widened as the two battling Ford’s behind him got together at turn 9. With a good gap, Walsh ensured he kept his tyres in good condition as he was certain that the chasing pack would mount a final challenge. Continue reading

Top 5 position for Ash Walsh at Clipsal 500 opener

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Infant’s Friend driver Ash Walsh has finished the first day of practice in 5th position for Round 1 of the 2013 Dunlop Series for V8 Supercars. The Development Series cars were the first V8 Supercars on track in Adelaide today with a bumper field of 30 cars.

Walsh was on top of the time sheets in session one after only two laps before a dusty track at the infamous Turn 8 caught him out and the Matt Stone run Falcon clipped the wall ending his practice run. Amazingly after the 40 plus minutes were over Ash’s time had been good enough to be third overall despite completing only a few laps. A clear demonstration of the pace in the ex SBR car.

The MSR crew worked between the sessions to repair the car and Walsh was back on track for session two later in the day. The Infant’s Friend driver was again right at the pointy end and with two minutes remaining had recorded the fastest first and second sectors only to get baulked on the run to the flag. His time was still good enough for fifth place overall on the day. Continue reading