Heartbreak for Ash Walsh in Wilson MedicOne Enduro as Bathurst bites hard.

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Heartbreak for Ash Walsh in Wilson MedicOne Enduro as Bathurst bites hard.

The 2014 Dunlop Series title fight took a major turn at Bathurst today as Infants’ Friend driver Ash Walsh failed to finish the 250km endurance event after a crash at the top of the mountain.

The Matt Stone team had made substantial changes in the set up of the car to try and bridge the gap to arch rival Paul Dumbrell after practice and qualifying. After recovering from a slow start, Walsh was on the move putting a bold move on Andy Jones into Forest Elbow to move into 4th place. He then set his sights on Cam Waters but the rear of the car stepped out over the notorious Reid Park bend. Walsh nearly gathered it all up but smacked the wall eliminating the car on the spot.

It was a gut wrenching end for Walsh and his hard working MSR team. It also has placed the 2014 Dunlop Series Championship just out of reach of the young Ipswich driver. Dumbrell went on to win the race effectively taking the series with one round to run in Sydney.

#87 – Ash Walsh – Infant’s Friend Falcon FG

“We have had some issues with the handling all weekend and the car has been quite snappy. I turned in across Reid Park and just lost the rear. I thought we may have escaped, but at the bottom of the hill it clipped the wall and that was enough to put us out.

“I should have been more cautious to ensure the points heading to Sydney but I was trying to stay with Cam (Waters) after getting by Andy Jones. It is my mistake and has cost me the Championship.”

 

Ash Walsh is proudly supported by Infant’s Friend, AUSblue, G. J. Walsh & Co, Apprentice Employment Network, Property Development Systems Australia, Revolution Racegear, Green Legion, Magical Memorabilia and Media Glue.

 

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Top 3 practice result sets Ash Walsh on good course for Dunlop Series – Wilson MedicOne Enduro at Bathurst.

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Infants’ Friend V8 Supercar driver Ash Walsh has begun Round 6 of the Dunlop Series with a strong showing in the single 40 minute practice session this morning. The top three cars were separated by only 3/10ths of a second pointing to a very competitive qualifying on Friday. Series combatants Walsh and Paul Dumbrell were split by Cam Waters; these three drivers battling at every round of the Dunlop Series to date.

The new surface on the 6.2km Mt Panorama has proved to be very ‘grippy’ and Walsh reported back to his MSR crew that the car was quite ‘taily’ at many of the corners. He remains confident that the team will be able to tune the car for the all important Qualifying session on Friday. The unique nature of the Wilson MedicOne Enduro sees pit stops for fuel and tyres introduced to the series for the first time. Walsh will calling on his Dick Johnson Racing team crew for service during the 41 lap, 250km journey on Saturday.

 

#87 – Ash Walsh – Infant’s Friend Falcon FG

“We knew after our track walk that the re surfacing would change the circuit, but it had far more grip than we thought. The car was tending to oversteer as the front end really bit into the new surface. I adjusted as much as I could but it wasn’t quite enough to be quickest. Paul, Cam and I are separated by a tiny amount but we seemed to have a bit of a gap over the rest of the field.

“We have some work to do for qualifying then look how we can make the Infants’ Friend as quick as possible over the 41 lap journey on Saturday.”

Ash Walsh is proudly supported by Infant’s Friend, AUSblue, G. J. Walsh & Co, Apprentice Employment Network, Property Development Systems Australia, Revolution Racegear, Green Legion, Magical Memorabilia and Media Glue.