Ash Walsh was focused on a strong showing at the Townsville 400, but came away with less than he had hoped for. The Infants’ Friend V8 Supercar pilot had put good runs together in the practice sessions, but when it came to the new Dunlop hard tyre, the Erebus #4 AMG E63 driver struggled to get the gain that should have been evident. He was not alone as many fancied drivers up and down the pit lane were struggling to find the extra grip in Qualifying.
Walsh was prominent in Practice 2, finishing the session in P5 but the Ipswich native was actually more encouraged by his P19 finish on hard tyres in final practice. Walsh said he was encouraging by the progress he made throughout the day, even though his standing on the time sheet was better in practice 2 compared to practice 3. “I was reasonably happy in the end that we improved the car for practice session three,’’ said Walsh. “I had a bit of a struggle up until then, even in session two when we were P5 on the soft tyre, I didn’t think we were particularly that great in terms of set-up. So it was good to fix it for session three and with a bit of a tune-up overnight, we’ll see where we end up in qualifying.”
Walsh and his crew however were left scratching their heads after qualifying for both events with a P22 the best result.
Race 1 saw Ash take an early pit stop but this strategy did not pay dividends as he struggled for track position in the Safety Car free 70 lap race.
The Sunday race saw many changes made to the Infants’ Friend / AUSblue car, but Walsh still could not get the car handling to his liking and once again running in towards the end of the field.
“The weekend was really challenging. We chased the car set up and could not seem to find the balance we needed. The car was OK on the Dunlop Soft tyre, but the new hard tyre was a struggle. We changed the set up but really did not get the best out of it. I think Will (Davison) may have got a better read on it, particularly in Race 1, but we both struggled on Sunday. We will have a lot of work to do to ensure we can improve the package for our home race at Ipswich in a few weeks.” Walsh said as the team packed up for the trip home.
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