Townsville proves a tough track to tame for Ash Walsh in V8 Supercars Championship.

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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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Streets of Townsville the next stop for Ash Walsh in V8 Supercars Championship.

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Ash Walsh will continue his 2015 V8 Supercars campaign on the streets of Townsville this weekend with Infants’ Friend and AUSblue branding prominent on the Erebus E63 AMG once again.

The previous round in Darwin threw up issues for every team and driver with a slick new surface at Hidden Valley proving tough to get tyre consistency across the weekend. Although Walsh’s results did not show it, he believes once again the team made good progress and must continue to focus on putting the full weekend package together.

Ash has had some excellent performances with Top 10’s and Top 15’s already this year and in Darwin sat P1 after Practice 4 on the Sunday morning. It highlights that the consistency in every session and race will bring results to the young Queenslander.

Street circuits have always been a favourite for Walsh and he has recorded some impressive results in his Dunlop Series career in recent years.

“We had a tough run in Darwin results wise but I think everyone had issues with the new track surface with the transition from new to worn tyres. We were chasing our tail a bit, but having said that we made some real progress again with car set up over the weekend. We can bank a few more things that are working well as we head to Townsville.” Ash said.

“I really enjoy street circuits. We started the season in Adelaide with a Top 10, so it would be great to shoot for that again in the Infants’ Friend / AUSblue AMG E63. You need to be accurate over the kerbs and I like the technical nature of the Townsville layout. I am more comfortable in the car and continue to work on my fitness between every event.

“I have been working with Campbell (Little) on a number of issues and we are much focussed on putting the whole weekend tighter. That is the greatest learning for me, not just being quick in practice or a race. If we continue to focus on that strategy I’m sure we can improve the results.” Walsh added.   This weekend’s action will mark the second visit to a street circuit in the 2015 V8 Supercars Championship. The Townsville 400 will be run in two 70 lap – 200km segments on the weekend.    About Infants’ Friend

Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid’ is Australia’s leading colic and wind medicine for infants. Distributed Australia-wide, Infants’ Friend has been a household name for more than 80 years and has been used with great success.
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