Ash Walsh finishes 2013 Dunlop Series in second place despite missing last race.

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Infants’ Friend V8 Supercar driver Ash Walsh has wrapped up his season netting 2nd place overall in the 2013 Dunlop Series. The final round held as part of the Sydney NRMA Motoring and Services 500 was one of highs and lows for Walsh. With a Pole Position and great first race win, Ash lined up on Pole Position again hoping to close out the year with another win.

However, his race was over before it began. During the warm up lap, Ash was running through the normal start procedure when the rear axle snapped. It was an unexpected and disappointing end of the season for the young Ipswich based driver. Walsh pulled the car off the grid and into the Pit lane, hopping out of the car as the field got away.

Walsh was philosophical, but pleased with the win and Pole Position prior to the final event. The Infants’ Friend Team will now take a well earned break before planning the 2014 season.

#87 – Ash Walsh – Infants’ Friend FG Falcon

“I was just going through the normal start up procedure, grabbed first gear to do a burn out and the axle snapped. So that was it! All these parts have a racing life but there was no sign of something like this happening. It was a tough way to finish the weekend after Pole and a race win”

Speaking on the overall series, Ash said, “We have had some bad luck this year but a round and a few race wins shows that the Infants’ Friend MSR Falcon can do the job. I am happy with my own performance this year and second in the Dunlop Series given the quality of the field is a good result. I will analyse all the results and look to come back stronger in 2014.”

 

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Ash Walsh wins first Dunlop Series race at Sydney Olympic Park.

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Infants’ Friend V8 Supercar driver Ash Walsh has delivered a dominant performance in the opening race of the 2013 Dunlop Series. After a last lap do or die quaffing lap, Walsh grabbed Pole Position to start at the head of the 30 car field.

All the series contenders were at the front of the field as the cars gridded for Race one of two this weekend. Series point’s leader Dale Wood sat one row behind Ash, with Steve Owen and Jack Perkins making up the first two rows.

Walsh made a great start and instantly gapped the field running in clear air. Behind him a huge battle was brewing between Perkins and Wood, with Owen about ½ second behind Ash. Incidents up and down the field were coming thick and fast and not unexpectedly a Safety Car was called for. With the field closed right up, Ash jumped well at the restart but Owen was much closer to the rear bumper of the Infants’ Friend MSR Falcon. As the laps ran down Owen was pushing hard but a cool headed Walsh resisted every attempt and in fact increased the gap in the dying laps.

The Matt Stone crew were on the fence to cheer on Walsh as he crossed the line in 1st place. A great reward for Ash and the team and a clear second place in the 2013 Dunlop Series locked away.

#87 – Ash Walsh – Infants’ Friend FG Falcon

“It was great to put my starting woes behind me and get away really well from Pole.” Ash joked. “I had Steve (Owen) really pressuring me for over half the race. We had decided to start with lower tyre pressures but as the race progressed it was really good. I could work on the bias and tune the car as the laps rolled on. When Owen started to come at me I really focussed on not giving him any opportunity to come past. I was still having a little bit of squirming under brakes so I knew if I could keep him covered there was a good chance I could gap him at the end. It is a great result for the Infants’ Friend Falcon, and the team really deserved this win. I am really looking forward to see if we can do it all again tomorrow.”

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Ash Walsh opens his account with second place in 2013 Dunlop Series finale.

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The 2013 Dunlop Series comes down to the wire this weekend at the Sydney NRMA Motoring and Services 500. With Infants’ Friend Falcon driver Ash Walsh battling Dale Wood for the overall championship in the Dunlop Series, today’s Practice session was an important guide to the form of the lead contenders. And Walsh did not disappoint finishing the day in a very strong position two in the 30 car field.

Recent rounds have seen Walsh and the Matt Stone Racing team chasing the MW Motorsport Falcons of Wood and Owen as well as Jack Pekins in the ex Tekno Commodore. But the Infants Friend Ford was right in the mix today in both sessions.

Ash was exploring grip levels and some re contoured kerbing and by his own admission had to really drive hard to post his best time. The crew have some more tuning to do overnight but are confident that the car will be on the pace in the critical Qualifying session on Saturday morning.

#87 – Ash Walsh – Infants’ Friend FG Falcon

“We improved a lot from the morning session. There were no real issues between each Practice session, so we were able to change the spring rates and it did help. I was really concentring this afternoon on the lines into the corners and not getting the car too high off the kerbs. You fly the car here over these kerbs and it just does not want to come down! The Dunlop Series is ultra competitive so you have to take some risks to punch out the times.”

2013 Dunlop Series Pointscore – after 6 rounds of 7

1    Dale Wood                   1586

2    Ashley Walsh               1358

3    Andrew Jones              1194

4    Jack Perkins                  1146

5    George Miedecke        1090

6    Steve Owen                  1027

7    Drew Russell                  988

8    Daniel Gaunt                  943

9    Taz Douglas                    894

10   Aaren Russell                828

 

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