Bathurst becomes the focus for Ash Walsh as the Infants’ Friend driver prepares for the 1000km classic.

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Ash Walsh returns to Mt Panorama next week for his third attempt at Australia’s most famous race. The 2015 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is shaping up as one of the most competitive on record, with the recently held Sandown 500 showing that the winner could come from anywhere in the field.

The Ipswich driver has unfinished business at Bathurst with a very strong P15 with Tim Blanchard at his first attempt in 2013 followed by a DNF with Scott Pye in 2014. Both his previous attempts have been aboard DJR Falcon FG’s but this year Walsh is the lead driver in the Erebus AMG E63.

The 2014 event in particular was devastating as the DJR Ford was on course for a solid Top 10 result prior to the track deterioration and then a delaminated tyre on the 285km + Conrod Straight while Pye was at the wheel.

2015 has seen some very positive progress for Walsh and his Erebus team. As the Championship moves into the ‘big points’ paying Endurance Races, Walsh is hoping to capitalise on the hard work and end his rookie year in a solid overall position.

The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 kicks off on Thursday October 8th with practice sessions for both primary and co drivers.

ASH WALSH – #4 INFANTS’ FRIEND AMG E63

“Sandown was a very good hit out for the team. We finished all 161 laps and felt the car had made some progress by the time we got to the Sunday morning Warm-Up. Up until then we were chasing our tail a bit and really not on top of the handling of the Infants’ Friend AMG E63.

“Jack (LeBrocq) made some good progress in his first stint and made quite a few spots. As we went a little longer before the first stop, we were actually second on the road! I was able to continue to move up, once I jumped in, but like so many other guys were saying, late in the race it was really hard to pass anyone. Our pit stops were good all day so I am sure we are well prepared for Bathurst.

“The cars have improved for sure so far this season, but with the new final drive change for Bathurst, horsepower is going to be really important this year. It is my third Bathurst 1000 and my first as lead driver in the main game. Jack and I like the car set up almost the same so we will approach the race with Lap 161 as the goal. There is no doubt a clean run at Bathurst can deliver some great results. Last year Will and Alex (Davison) were just two seconds away from a podium, so the team has some good history already at Bathurst. I really can’t wait to get there.”

 

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.

Ash Walsh heads to the Wilson Security Sandown 500 with high hopes of a repeat of his 2014 performance.

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Infants’ Friend backed V8 Supercar driver Ash Walsh is aiming to repeat his fine performance in last year’s Sandown 500 this weekend as the Endurance Series kicks off. The Sandown 500 has a very rich history and is always seen as not only a guide to the Bathurst 1000 but a very good insight into the driver pairings that will race for the first time together in 2015.

Following the Sydney V8 Supercars Championship round, Walsh and the Erebus crew have been working hard to prepare the #4 Infants’ Friend / AUSblue AMG E63 for the 500 km enduro. Walsh’s co driver Jack LeBrocq will make his debut in the Championship after another solid practice session at the Sydney Motorsport Park round just three weeks ago.

Walsh has good memories of the Sandown 500 taking a splendid 5th place overall in the 2014 race with good mate Scott Pye in the DJR Falcon. But this year Walsh is the lead driver and will carry the responsibility of setting the car up for the race and the key qualifying run on Saturday.

In a unique format, both drivers will run their own race in the split Qualifying Sprints to determine the starting grid for Sunday’s 161 lap race. This will be Ash’s third appearance at the Sandown 500 after two years as co-driver to Tim Blanchard and Scott Pye with DJR.

ASH WALSH – #4 INFANTS’ FRIEND AMG E63

“I am really looking forward to getting back to Sandown for the 500. Last year I did a really long first stint (79 laps) as the co drivers all started the race. I think I was 10th when I handed over to Scott and it was great then watching him get the car up to P5 at the finish.

“I thought Sandown was a bit of a bogey track for me as my first 500 ended in a pretty big crash. But bouncing back last year to a 5th position was a great result. I really like the track. It is a difficult track to set up for. It has got a little bit of everything. Track surface changes, big kerbs, fast and slow corners and it is bumpy. I really enjoy racing there.

“We head to Sandown this year with an improved package with the AMG E63. Jack will have his first start in the main game so we will be out to post a solid result. Jack and I are both left foot ‘breakers’ so I feel it puts us in good stead to get the most out of the car. We raced really well for a long period at the front of the field at SMP last round and it was good for my confidence to be able to hold my own at the pointy end of the field. Sandown should be a really good lead up to Bathurst for us and the whole team.”

 

Wilson Security Sandown 500

 

Friday 11 September
10:10 10:40 V8 Supercars Championship Practice 1 30 mins
12:30 13:00 V8 Supercars Championship Practice 2 (Co-Driver Only) 30 mins
14:35 15:05 V8 Supercars Championship Practice 3 (Co-Driver Only) 30 mins
Saturday 12 September
10:20 11:00 V8 Supercars Championship Practice 4 40 mins
12:20 12:40 V8 Supercars Championship Qualifying 20 mins
14:00 14:35 V8 Supercars Championship Qualifying Race 1 20 laps
16:10 16:45 V8 Supercars Championship Qualifying Race 2 20 laps
Sunday 13 September
10:20 10:40 V8 Supercars Championship Warm Up 20 mins
13:25 16:55 V8 Supercars Championship Race 24 161 laps

Times displayed are in local event time

 

 

 

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.

Ash Walsh battles the elements at Sydney Motorsport Park

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Erebus V8 driver Ash Walsh recovered from a suspension problem he suffered in the first of two 60km races at Sydney Motorsport Park to finish in 16th place in the final race of the day. While Walsh was disappointed to have a rear suspension problem in Race 21, he was happy to finish the day with a platform to build-off heading into tomorrow’s final day of racing. “In the first race, I had a better qualifying position so I got away pretty well but got collected by Caruso heading into turn 4 and that broke the rear suspension,’’ said Walsh. “I cruised around and just tried to collect some points. Not ideal, but these things happen. “Starting off in P17, I got a really good start in the first lap again – I was running around 12th or 13th after the first lap and just struggled a bit with some understeer throughout the race and got picked off by a couple of cars. “But we’ll learn overnight and it’s good to get some points in the bag and a consistent finish, which has been hard to come by lately. It’s something to build off for tomorrow.’’

The Sunday 200km race did not fare much better for Walsh finishing just one spot behind Will Davison in 21st spot after a troubling race. Safety Cars, pit stop strategy and rain all played against Walsh with a drive through penalty the last straw tumbling him from a race high 3rd position to P21 at the flag.