The Dunlop Series field faced qualifying at Queensland Raceway this morning for the first of three races to be held at Round 4 of the Dunlop Series. Infant’s Friend driver, Ash Walsh continued the form shown in practice to line the MSR FG Falcon in position 4. Walsh was a little perplexed that the speed was not quite good enough for a front row spot but as only 3/10ths of a second separated Walsh from Pole Sitter Dale Wood, he could take some confidence in the speed in the car as the first 14 lap journey got set to start.
The 31 car grid lined up in perfect conditions for Race 1 with Ash moving quickly to protect his position into Turn 1, thus ensuring Gaunt would have to follow him. The first five cars eased away from the field and the gaps fluctuated in the early laps. Walsh closed on Steve Owen who in turn was catching Perkins and leader Wood. In this freight train configuration, the Dunlop Series leaders continued lap after lap. Try as he might, Walsh could not find the speed to launch an attack on Owen. Despite plenty of action down the field the leaders avoided any mishaps and greeted the chequered flag after 14 laps as they started. Walsh crossed the line in the Infant’s Friend Falcon in P4, gaining a healthy 96 points and consolidating his second position in the Dunlop Series chase.
Races 2 & 3 take place on Sunday, with race 2 being the inverted Top 10 race.
#87 – Ash Walsh – Infants’ Friend FG Falcon
“The race panned out the way I thought it would. QR can be hard to pass and with all the lead guys running the same lap times it makes it even harder. Once I got close to Steve Owen the brakes started to go away, but I also had to protect my rear from Dan Gaunt. Turn 2 in particular is a very difficult corner to follow a car closely out of so I was focussed on holding my position over the race distance. We saw the first race in 2012 be very similar with most cars in a battle but unable to pass. Race 2 will be interesting to see how the grid finishes up for the final. We are chasing the set up but will be aiming at a better result tomorrow.” Ash said.