The third race of Round 2 of the 2012 Dunlop Series for V8 Supercars has rewarded Ash Walsh with another top 10 result. The simPRO Falcon driver has backed up strong results in the first two races to finish in 6th place today. The start to the season has been outstanding for Walsh and the Matt Stone Racing team with Ash in the top 10 in every race run so far this year.
Walsh started the final race today from position 3 but was shuffled back by a wild and woolly start with cars 4 wide into turn 1. The Safety Car was out quickly after an accident between Percat & Zukanovic at the final turn. Once racing resumed Ash had a good battle with Tim Blanchard finally losing a position at Kolb Corner on lap 8. The balance of the race was run without incident however Walsh’s Falcon was not lapping as quickly as he had hoped. A closing David Russell finally pushed Ash back to position 7 with only 3 laps to run. The simPRO Falcon crossed the line to record a fine overall result for the weekend and place Walsh in a strong sixth place in the Championship just one point behind Scott Pye.
“A good qualifying result really set us up for the weekend. I was a bit disappointed with today’s result but we can take a lot of positives form the weekend.” Ash said. Focussing on race 3, Ash said “I think we probably over pressured the tyres a bit as they were a lot slower. It didn’t feel great but I am really pleased for the whole MSR Team. Another Top 10 and a lot of points is a great reward for everyone.” Ash concluded.