"WE CAN WIN FROM HERE," SAYS WALSH
Whilst disappointed to have been crashed out of the final race when running 4th, Ash Walsh is pleased with the way he and his team worked through the Genuine Ford Parts Australian Formula Ford Championship round at the Ipswich 300 last weekend. The Ipswich resident drives a Spectrum 012 for Borland Racing Developments, supported by SES Linear and King's Fibreglass.
"This weekend I don't think we quite found the balance in the setup for the QR track; and I didn't find a rhythm in my driving either," Walsh commented. "We were making good progress and by the last race, I was happy that we had worked our way into results of 8th and 4th in the opening races. This was a solid bunch of points and I knew a sensible last race would bag another 12 or so points, which would have been a good outcome from a difficult weekend. I wasn't pleased when I was taken out early in the race!" he said.
Despite this setback, the championship remains wide open after two rounds. "Our plan at the start of the season didn't include being 9th after two rounds, but we're only 30 points off the lead, so it is shaping up to be one of the toughest championships for quite a while. This makes it more of a challenge, but we can definitely win this year," Ash stated. He added, "Full credit to Ben for his drive this weekend. It was great to see him on the podium for the round and I hope he gets there a lot more this year; one step below me would be perfect!"
Ash has been mentoring Ben this season and when asked if having his protégé finish ahead of him was a problem, Walsh said "Not at all. Clearly in racing you always want to win, but that isn't going to happen. It’s important to have a fast team mate to work with in testing and racing. This weekend has been good, because Ben has been quicker than me in places and I was quicker than him in others, so we were able to help each other go better.”
With the first two rounds run, Ash is looking forward to getting his championship back on schedule at Winton. “We definitely need a good result at Winton,” he said. “We know the track well and have been going well in testing, so it is a case of getting the most out of ourselves over the weekend and that should see as starting to move forward.”