Ash Walsh has reset his targets as he and co-driver Jack Le Brocq tackle the streets of Surfers Paradise this weekend in the final Endurance race of 2015, the Castrol Gold Coast 600. Walsh has raced at the demanding Gold Coast track on two previous occasions with the Dick Johnson Racing.
The young Ipswich driver was not classified as a finisher at Mt Panorama when he clipped the wall at Reid Park with only 26 of the 161 laps remaining. The #4 Infants Friend /AUSblue AMG E63 had additional support from Wendy’s Ice Creams and drew a lot of interest from the big crowd at Bathurst. It will carry the livery for the remainder of the 2015 season. Walsh ran competitively for most of the day, but could not crack the Top 15 as the race endured changing weather conditions.
With Bathurst behind him, Walsh is looking forward to the rough and tumble of the Gold Coast streets. “I have had some good races at the Gold Coast 600 and last year just missed the Top 10 in the Sunday race with Scotty (Pye). I think our car will be OK here but it is very tight and very easy to get caught up in someone else’s mess. Jack has been doing a good job but we just could not get the car to really be on the attack at Bathurst. But 600kms around Surfers is a big test and if we just keep our nose clean, read the Safety Cars well and keep on the lead, lap then we should do well.” Ash said.
“We still need to work hard on getting the handling of the car more consistent. I feel I have been having to drive it very hard to get a lap time and the balance is just not there. We were very good in the Warm Up at Bathurst and the team are working really hard and have got closer to finding the right set up. The Gold Coast track is tough on the car and it has to be able to ride the curves well, so hopefully we have taken another step forward.”