Media Release 01.08.14
Ash Walsh sets the benchmark in practice for Dunlop Series round at Coates Hire Ipswich 400.
Practice kicked off today for Round 5 of the 2014 Dunlop Series and series leader Ash Walsh made his intentions known right from the start of the day. A field of 30 cars is on hand and once again many of the V8 Supercar Co – Drivers were on track. Ash’s team mate from DJR in 2013, Tim Blanchard, was a late addition to the quality field.
Two 40 minute sessions were held in warm conditions and the Infants’ Friend Falcon pilot made it a clean sweep, topping the sheets in both sessions. A recent test day at the Matt Stone Racing home track at Ipswich had been successful and Walsh was happy with the cars overall performance.
The Queensland Raceway round is very much the local venue for the Ipswich based Walsh and he is under no illusion that a strong result this weekend will set him up well for the next round at Bathurst in October. Round 5 of the Dunlop Series will be run over two x 29 lap races.
#87 – Ash Walsh – Infant’s Friend Falcon FG
“Practice has been pretty kind to us again today and we rolled out of the truck very well. We tuned the Infants’ Friend Falcon up continuously across both sessions and it seems all the changes are taking us in the right direction.
“The track will change overnight and it will be cooler tomorrow morning so we will have to guess a little on the set up, but there is no reason why we can’t be fighting for a Pole Position. There are guys who can race very hard around me today so if Qualifying pans out in a similar way I just have to keep my wits about me and make sure we do the job.”
2014 Dunlop Series Pointscore after Round 4
Pos Driver Total
1 Ashley Walsh 983
2 Paul Dumbrell 936
3 Andre Heimgartner 852
4 Chris Pither 821
5 Cameron Waters 723
6 Paul Morris 669
7 Todd Hazelwood 666
8 Ant Pedersen 666
9 Garry Jacobson 647
10 Geoff Emery 564
Ash Walsh is proudly supported by Infant’s Friend, AUSblue, G. J. Walsh & Co, Apprentice Employment Network, Revolution Racegear, Green Legion, Magical Memorabilia and Media Glue.