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