Ash Walsh scored his first Top 3 V8 Supercar result at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth with a superb 2nd place in race 1. In wet and treacherous conditions Walsh did not put a foot wrong in the #87 simPRO BF Falcon and delivered not only his but Matt Stone Racing’s first top 3 result.
The good form started in Qualifying when Walsh vaulted up to P1 on the tine sheets with only 5 minutes to go. With a red flag near the end of the session, Walsh had used the best of his tyres and along with other front runners waited nervously in the pits with his MSR crew. Only Scott Pye in the T888 Commodore went quicker and Ash lined up on the front row of the grid for Race 1.
The weather was rolling in as the cars sat in Pit Lane and wet weather tyres were bolted on as the rain returned to the track. Capitalizing on his front row position, Walsh held second on Lap 1 just as the Safety Car was called.
At the restart, Walsh continued to gap the battle group behind him but a fast closing Scott McLaughlin was catching Ash as the laps rolled on.
“The conditions were changing throughout the race so I wanted to keep my nose clean and run at the front, so I am really happy.” Ash said. “We had good car speed and Scott was hassling me at the end so I was trying to push on, not make any mistakes and keep him there. It is a great result for the boys and the whole team” Walsh added.
The second race was the ‘top 10 reverse’ grid seeing Walsh line up in P9. A start line incident once again had the Safety Car on track for the early running with Walsh able to improve his position to P7 by race end.
“I was around a lot of the guys who were pretty quick, but it was important to get good points from this race to set us up for the final tomorrow” Ash said.
Ash Walsh will start the #87 simPRO Falcon from position 3 in the final race on Sunday.