Leading Dunlop Series contender Ash Walsh delivered a stunning Qualifying run to put the Infants’ Friend Falcon on Pole Position for Round 3 of the Dunlop Series in Perth. What made the feat more impressive was that the Matt Stone Racing crew completed a full engine change with just five minutes to spare before the cars were sent to the track. A terminal problem had developed in the morning engine warm up and the crew were left with no alternative but to effect the change.
The 36 lap race got off to an even start, but Walsh had just a little too much wheel spin and lost the advantage into Turn 1. Series rivals Paul Dumbrell led and Cam Waters settled in behind Ash. Over the next few laps, Walsh tried hard to get past Dumbrell but could not make the move stick. Waters in fact displaced Walsh on Lap 6, but he regained his second place a few laps later as Waters was forced to serve a pit lane penalty.
The gap at the front was static until the later stages when Walsh mounted another attack on Dumbrell, but the handling and balance of the car simply did not allow Ash to make the move. The field crossed the line behind the Safety Car with Ash holding a solid second place.
The final race will see a reverse Top 10 grid with Ash starting out of P9.
#87 – Ash Walsh – Infant’s Friend Falcon FG
“It was an interesting day! The Matt Stone Racing guys did a fantastic job to get the engine changed just before Qualifying. It was touch and go – I think we made it with five minutes to spare. So it was great to have a smooth run and grab that pole position.
“The race was a little frustrating with a few little things not quite right at the start. I tried to get by Dumbrell a number of times early on but I just could not get it done. Then we were running in with backmarkers as the race progressed so I just had to ensure we protected the second place.
“We know what to do for tomorrow, so it will be interesting to see if we can claw our way up the Top 10 as the race progresses and chase that podium position again.”
Ash Walsh is proudly supported by Infant’s Friend, AusBlue, G. J. Walsh & Co and Revolution Racegear, Green Legion, Magical Memorabilia and Media Glue.