Ash Walsh rolled out the Infants’ Friend FG Falcon V8 Supercar for two practice sessions today at Queensland Raceway in the lead up to the Coates Hire Ipswich 360. The Ipswich ‘local’ sees this event very much as his home race having grown up in the area. The thirty one car field was on track for 2 x 40 minute practice sessions and Walsh was quickly up in the top group on the time sheets.
The track was quite different in grip levels from the test undertaken by Matt Stone Racing just over a week ago. This caught the team out in the morning as the car was behaving in a way not previously encountered at the Ipswich track. As always in practice for the Dunlop Series, there were many different tyre strategies in practice and only when all cars are on track with new tyres for Qualifying does the field really sort itself out.
Walsh however was only 3/10ths of a second behind Dale Wood at the conclusion of practice in strong 4th place. The ultra competitive field saw all the Championship contenders at the top of the time sheets despite different tyre strategies. The all important Qualifying takes place on Saturday with the first of three races following in the afternoon.
#87 – Ash Walsh – Infants’ Friend FG Falcon
“I think we lacked a bit of pace in the last session. We have got a little bit of work to do, but I reckon we know what the car needs, so it is just a matter of dialling that back in. The track was massively different from when we tested last week, more so than I think any of the MSR guys thought. As I said I think we know where we have to change the car but I’m sure everyone else will be doing the same so Qualifying will be tough” Walsh commented. “We need to pick up some points after Townsville and close the gap to Woody!” Ash added.
Ash Walsh also changed cars in the afternoon to once again run in the co driver session with Tim Blanchard in the Dick Johnson Racing Falcon. He put in a solid 30 minute session as he continues to learn the car heading to the Sandown 500 in September.