Ash Walsh announced today that he has inked a deal with Matt Stone Racing to compete in the 2012 Dunlop Series, formally the V8 Supercars Development Series. Walsh spent the balance of 2011 evaluating his options after a split with Miles Racing last year but was never in doubt about his focus on re entering the series.
“My management group undertook an extensive review of all the options for 2012.” Walsh commented at the announcement. “There are a lot of really good teams and with lots of driver changes the market had opened up a bit” Ash added. “It was really important to put a package together that we knew could deliver good results and be competitive in a field that will include so many V8 Supercar Championship Teams. Although Matt Stone Racing is a young team, the elements are there to really compete with the major DVS teams.’ Walsh concluded.
Team principal Matt Stone concurred. “MSR wanted to go into 2012 with a good young talent. Ash was on my radar and we were able to put a package together that I’m sure will start to show the potential of our team” he said.
The team will use the ex Scott McLaughlin Fujitsu chassis from 2011 and the livery and sponsor package will be revealed in Adelaide next Thursday.
The 2012 Dunlop Series will be run over 7 rounds in 2012, starting at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide on March 1-4.