Ash Walsh is a driver in the 2013 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series. The Dunlop Series, formerly known as the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Development Series, is the second tier V8 Supercar Series in Australia. Ash will compete in the 2013 series in a Matt Stone Racing Ford Falcon. To keep up to date with Ash’s racing, be sure to visit this site regularly.
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Infant’s Friend driver Ash Walsh has taken his first V8 Supercars round win with victory in Round 2 of the 2013 Dunlop Series today at Barbagallo Raceway. He backed up his Saturday win with a hard fought 5th place in Race 2 and a sensible 2nd place in the final 20 lapper.
Race 2 was the Top 10 reverse grid race seeing Ash start from P10 after his win in Race 1. The MSR team had debated the tyre situation as Ash had his bank depleted somewhat to his rivals after flat spotting two in Qualifying. Armed with the same set as Race 1, the Infants Friend driver proved the competitiveness of the MSR Falcon as he charged from 10th to finish in a fine 5th place and cement his position for pole in the final race. He once again set the fastest lap of the race. In doing so he extended his lead in the Championship to 28 points prior to the final race.
Media Release – 03.05.2013
Infant’s Friend driver Ash Walsh has given notice that he intends to continue the form that saw him on the podium at the Clipsal 500 with a solid practice run at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth today. In the first 40 minute session Walsh covered 29 laps and finished in a fine 4th place just 2/10ths of a second from P1. The Matt Stone team had benefited from a recent test day and the car was responding well on a very ‘green’ track.
Between the sessions a number of changes were made to Walsh’s Infants Friend FG Falcon, and with team mate George Miedecke also improving the team was hopeful of using both cars’ data to be ready for Qualifying.
Infant’s Friend driver Ash Walsh has backed up his first race win in the 2013 Dunlop Series with a fine third place today at the Clipsal 500, giving him second overall for the round. Walsh stepped onto the podium of a V8 Supercar race for the first time in front of a huge crowd in Adelaide.
Fresh from a win in Race 1, Walsh and the MSR team were mindful of keeping the tyre life in the car over a longer 23 lap race. Starting from Pole Position, Walsh got just too much wheel spin and was fourth after lap 1. A great run out of Turn 8 saw Walsh launch past Andy Jones to grab 3rd position on Lap 4. Although he was close to the two leading Fords of Mostert and Wood, he could not bridge the gap and settled into a third place race spot, guaranteeing him second overall for the weekend.
Infant’s Friend sponsored driver Ash Walsh has notched his first win in a thrilling opening round in the 2013 Dunlop Series in Adelaide today. After a strong qualifying performance, Walsh lined up on the front row alongside Chaz Mostert. He jumped well and grabbed the lead into turn one. A lead he was never to surrender over the 20 lap journey.
The start was somewhat confusing as some drivers thought the lights indicated and aborted start, but Walsh blasted off the line and led major contenders Mostert and Dale Wood as the race unfolded. By lap 4, Ash had built a 1.5 second lead and this gap widened as the two battling Ford’s behind him got together at turn 9. With a good gap, Walsh ensured he kept his tyres in good condition as he was certain that the chasing pack would mount a final challenge.
Infant’s Friend driver Ash Walsh has finished the first day of practice in 5th position for Round 1 of the 2013 Dunlop Series for V8 Supercars. The Development Series cars were the first V8 Supercars on track in Adelaide today with a bumper field of 30 cars.
Walsh was on top of the time sheets in session one after only two laps before a dusty track at the infamous Turn 8 caught him out and the Matt Stone run Falcon clipped the wall ending his practice run. Amazingly after the 40 plus minutes were over Ash’s time had been good enough to be third overall despite completing only a few laps. A clear demonstration of the pace in the ex SBR car.
The MSR crew worked between the sessions to repair the car and Walsh was back on track for session two later in the day. The Infant’s Friend driver was again right at the pointy end and with two minutes remaining had recorded the fastest first and second sectors only to get baulked on the run to the flag. His time was still good enough for fifth place overall on the day.