simPRO Racing Team driver Ash Walsh has endured an up and down practice and qualifying in the opening stanza of the Bathurst Dunlop Series this weekend at Bathurst. The 23 car field was on track for 2 x 40 minute practice sessions on Friday and this morning for the all important Qualifying session.
“Bathurst is without doubt the greatest test for a driver and I was a little over ambitious in the early running on Friday. The car felt good immediately but I made a mistake at Turn 2 and that was that.” Walsh commented. The Matt Stone Racing Team had a busy few hours to effect repairs to the #87 simPRO Falcon but Ash was ready to go in the second session late this afternoon.
Under clear conditions the bulk of the Dunlop Series field were quicker than the morning session, with Walsh reporting back to the pits that the car still needed some repair prior to qualifying.
At the end of Friday Practice, Ash had the simPRO Falcon into P18 and was looking forward to Qualifying. The team decided on a conservative route to ensure Ash got maximum laps in the session. After a good recovery, Walsh placed the #87 Falcon in 13th position.
“It was not great to start the weekend losing most of practice. I treated the Qualifying more like a practice session to ensure we had a clean run and feel out the car and just get more comfortable.” Walsh said. “Even though we are not where we want to be after qualifying the sectors looked good so we should have a good race car.” Walsh added. “If we can work our way into the Top 10 and keep out of trouble and leave Bathurst with good points. I’ll be happy.”