Infant’s Friend V8 Supercar driver Ash Walsh has recovered in superb fashion from a tenth grid position to fourth in the first of three races at Round 5 of the 2013 Dunlop Series. The MSR team have been behind the eight ball since technical rule changes by the V8 Supercars Commission affected the shock set used by the team.
Walsh got a good start in Race 1 and avoided a very common Turn 1 Winton stoush that saw a number of cars off the track and considerable damage to Casey Stoner and others. As the Safety Car was called, Ash had moved the Infant’s Friend Falcon up two spots and looked on the attack when the Green Flag was deployed some three laps later.
He quickly disposed of Cam Waters in a bold move at Turn 4 to move to seventh, and had Chris Pither in his sights. This was made a little easier as Pither received a drive through for causing the Lap 1 carve up. The race settled down somewhat and Walsh consolidated in 5th place which was soon to become fourth when Steve Owen struck trouble and pulled off.
A late race Safety Car saw the race unfortunately finish under Yellow Flags, but Walsh had seen off a number of competitors to come home in fourth place overall.
Saturday’s first race will be the usual reverse grid Top 10 race which will see Walsh line up in P7.
#87 – Ash Walsh – Infants’ Friend FG Falcon
“It is really good to recover from tenth to fourth. We made a few changes after qualifying and went in the right direction. I was lucky that few things went my way in the race and it puts us in a good points score position for the weekend. The key will be staying out of trouble in the reverse grid race and consolidating for the final.”