Ash Walsh battles hard in Darwin Porsche Carrera Cup round.

Captured at Round 4 of the Porsche Carrera Cup at the Darwin Triple Crown, Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

 

Captured at Round 4 of the Porsche Carrera Cup at the Darwin Triple Crown, Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

 

Captured at Round 4 of the Porsche Carrera Cup at the Darwin Triple Crown, Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

 

Darwin proved to be a round of highs and lows for Infants’ Friend Porsche driver Ash Walsh. Heading into Round 4 of the 2016 Porsche Carrera Cup Championship, Walsh was confident that the Sonic Team would be a real threat at the Hidden Valley track. Practice and Qualifying proved that the #777 Porsche was indeed on the pace with Ash lining up on the front row in position two.

Race 1 saw Walsh start well but a big lunge at Pole Sitter Matt Campbell for the lead at Turn 5 saw the Infants’ Friend / Bob Jane T Marts Porsche off in the grass and tumbling back to 12th position.

A good comeback drive by Ash moved him up the field to finish seventh just behind his team mate Nick McBride in the second Sonic Porsche GT3.

Race 2 was a tougher affair for Walsh. Battling hard with McBride into Turn 5, he was then turned around by Fraser Ross who hit the rear of the Infant’s Friend Porsche. Once again, Walsh had to cut through the pack to recover his position moving up from 19th to 9th at the flag.

The final race was less dramatic and Walsh took advantage of a Safety Car restart on Lap 4 to move up to 6th place. He would gain another spot to move into 5th on Lap 10 and hold that position for the duration of the race.

A determined recovery in the first two races gave Walsh an overall seventh for the round. He is now in 6th place in the 2016 Porsche Carrera Cup Championship.

Ash Walsh Quote: “The Infants’ Friend / Bob Jane T Marts Porsche had plenty of speed this weekend but we just did not put it all tighter. Qualifying was good, but I made a mistake in Race 1 which really hurt us.

“I was confident that we could move back up but then got hit by Ross in Race 2 and ended up at the back. So to finish up in fifth in the final was OK, but certainly not the result we were looking for. The racing was pretty wild in Darwin and once again the Sonic crew gave me a great car. We have to work on putting a full round result together in Sydney next month.”

Championship Points After Round 4 of 8

Position Driver Points
1 Matt Campbell 546.5
2 Alex Davison 542
3 Nick McBride 509
4 David Wall 443
5 Steven Richards 383
6 Ash Walsh 364
7 Michael Almond 294
8 Fraser Ross 273.5
9 Dean Fiore 268
10 Duvashen Padayachee 225.5

Ash Walsh hungry for success at Darwin Porsche Carrera Cup round.

during the Porsche RENNSPORT Australia, in Sydney, Australia, May 01, 2016.

 

during the Porsche RENNSPORT Australia, in Sydney, Australia, May 01, 2016.

 

Ash Walsh heads to Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway this weekend as the 2016 Porsche Carrera Cup reaches the half way point of the season. The Infants’ Friend / Bob Jane T-Marts – Porsche GT3 driver believes that this round will be a critical point in his 2016 campaign as he currently sits in fourth place some 180 points off series leader Matt Campbell. The nature of the series however is very much focused on consistent point scoring and Walsh has his eyes set on a big points haul at the fast Hidden Valley layout.

The one make Porsche series makes its return trip to the Northern Territory after an eight year absence, and many of the drivers have not competed on the 3.1km layout before. Walsh has had V8 Supercar experience at Hidden Valley and rates it very highly as a test of driver and mechanical set up. The kilometre long front straight is one of the fastest sections on any track the GT3 Cup Car competes on in the eight round series.

Looking ahead to the event, Walsh was confident that his Team Sonic prepared car was capable of running right at the front in Darwin.

“We have had a pretty rough run in the early rounds. I feel we are on top of all the issues that have kept us off the podium in the last couple of rounds, so now we are looking to putting a strong weekend together and get results in all three races. The Infants’ Friend Porsche performed really well at the Rennsport Round at Sydney Motorsport Park, but we were a little unlucky with the Safety Car in Race 2.

“Darwin is a great track, it is demanding on the driver and car. It is hot and getting good airflow in these cars is hard at the best of times. The brakes get a work over and the track surface can be quite hard on tyres. Qualifying is a premium here as there is inevitable push and shove particularly at Turn One on the opening lap.

“We are shooting for a podium result in the Infant’s Friend / Bob Jane T Marts Porsche, and some good points should see us in the hunt in the remaining rounds.”