After a frustrating end to the first Dunlop Series race on Saturday, Ash Walsh put his stamp on today’s race with a faultless performance to win the 29 lap final leg.
The race win was a critical part of Walsh’s title chase as it ensured he leaves Townsville with the points lead still in his pocket. Walsh made another great start and rounded up pole sitter Cam Waters by Turn 2. From that point he was never headed and managed a gap that Waters could not close. A Safety Car intervention did not deter Walsh as he blasted the Infants’ Friend Falcon back into the lead at the green flag.
As the laps ran down, Walsh started to catch back markers but got by to take the Chequered Flag and recover to fifth overall for the round. The pointscore has closed at the top of the leader board but Ash holds a 47 point lead in the 2014 Dunlop Series.
#87 – Ash Walsh – Infant’s Friend Falcon FG
“I was really determined to come out today and get the race win after yesterday’s result. The race hinged on the start and I was able to get Cam (Waters) by Turn 2. From there it was all about building the gap and focusing on the lap times and tyre wear. The restart went well and I was confident that we could hold the gap to second.
“It was important not to not get carried away with what happened yesterday, so I just chilled out with the Matt Stone guys and looked at our plan of attack for today. I am always thinking of the championship so today was really important to ensure we kept the points lead. We have some new sponsors on board this weekend so I hope we gave them something to cheer about!”
2014 Dunlop Series Pointscore after Round 4
Pos Driver Total
1 Ashley Walsh 983
2 Paul Dumbrell 936
3 Andre Heimgartner 852
4 Chris Pither 821
5 Cameron Waters 723
6 Paul Morris 669
7 Todd Hazelwood 666
8 Ant Pedersen 666
9 Garry Jacobson 647
10 Geoff Emery 564
Ash Walsh is proudly supported by Infant’s Friend, AUSblue, G. J. Walsh & Co, Apprentice Employment Network, Revolution Racegear, Green Legion, Magical Memorabilia and Media Glue.