Bathurst deals a tough hand to Ash Walsh in Dunlop Series opener

simPRO Racing Team driver Ash Walsh was one of a number of drivers to strike problems in the opening 14 lap race in the 2012 Dunlop Series at Bathurst. In a rough and tumble race, Walsh appeared to capitalize well at the start but had to back out of it as Rod Jane pushed the #87 Matt Stone Racing Falcon perilously close to the pit wall.

Cars were spearing off the track at the Chase on Lap 1 and a Safety car was deployed. Walsh maintained his position in 13th and was soon on the charge moving up to 11th and looking at the his goal of the Top 10. On Lap 6, Ash was off the road at the Chase undoing the good work and dropping him back to 14th.

The simPRO Falcon was in the pits two laps later with for a tyre change – a problem that would halt the progress of many of the contenders in the race. From that point, all Walsh could do was drive for a grid spot for Race 2 and pick up as many points as possible. He crossed the line in 20th place, but was immediately looking to the final race on Saturday.

“I had a tyre go down on the run into the Chase. It was a hell of a moment but I managed to pick it up and head to the pits.” Ash said from the MSR pit. “It was a bit of write off race, however I think the car did feel good and the boys were saying on the radio that the race times were not too bad. The big problem is passing here but I think we do have some genuine car speed so I hope to make some gains tomorrow.” Walsh concluded.

Ash Walsh remains in 6th position in the 2012 Dunlop Series.