The 2014 Dunlop Series had a change of outright leader in Perth today after Ash Walsh took the round win and moved to the top of Championship. The second 38 lap race saw the Infants’ Friend Falcon driver move from his 9th grid position to a very strong second place at the flag. The pair of second places for the weekend was enough to give Walsh the round win and the Dunlop Series Championship lead.
Although a hard fought race, two of Walsh’s main contenders suffered problems – one on track and one off it. Cam Waters was sitting one place ahead of a fast closing Walsh when he pulled his FPR Falcon off track with engine problems. Paul Dumbrell however had returned to Melbourne with some prior business commitments, a fact that was unknown to most of the field until an hour or so before the race.
Walsh told the media after the race that on one hand he was glad to be leading but wanted the on track results to be the gauge. He did however drive a well calculated race moving up once again in the reverse Top 10 race as he has done in previous rounds. A great battle with Dean Fiore was decided in Walsh’s favour as he was able to dive under him at Turn 7 as Fiore ran a bit wide. This gave Ash second place and a certain round victory.
The Infants’ Friend / AUSblue crew were jubilant at the round win and feels the momentum will continue to the next round in Townsville in early July.
#87 – Ash Walsh – Infant’s Friend Falcon FG
“I did not find out that PD (Paul Dumbrell) was not running and had prior business commitments. I was as surprised as everyone else. It is not the way I wanted to take the Dunlop Series lead as we have had some really good battles on track and that is what you want to win. It has given me the points lead so I’ll take it.
“As far as today’s race goes, it was a good battle with Dean (Fiore) and I was able to get by him in Turn 7. The tyre degradation was much worse today than yesterday so to come through from 9th to 2nd was fantastic. We have some good form now, but there are still things all the team need to work on. The Championship has a long way to go but we are heading in the right direction.”
2014 Dunlop Series standings after Round 3
Ash Walsh is proudly supported by Infant’s Friend, AusBlue, G. J. Walsh & Co and Revolution Racegear, Green Legion, Magical Memorabilia and Media Glue.