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.”