WALSH PLEASED WITH DARWIN DEBUT
In his first trip to the Top End of Australia, Ash Walsh has continued to build his Championship points tally with the King’s Fibreglass Spectrum 012 driver placing 5th in the last round of the Genuine Ford Parts Australian Formula Ford Championship, held last weekend at Darwin's Hidden Valley Circuit. The weekend saw Walsh as clearly the fastest of the circuit's debutantes and improving in every session. A strong drive netted 2nd place in the final race of the weekend.
"We came to this round expecting it to be very tough," said Ash; "All of our main rivals have been here the previous two years, so Mike (Borland) and the BRD team have been keeping me focussed on the fact that we needed to score as many points as we can here and minimise the deficit. We've only dropped 16 points to the championship leader, so that is well within what we expected."
Mike Borland said he was pleased with Ash's performance. "He did a good job up here. I think some people expected he would come into the Championship this year and blow everyone away; but that was never a realistic expectation. This is the most competitive field we have had for quite a while, with a number of equally experienced drivers, so it is about capitalising on the opportunities you get. Ash did that at Winton and drove very well in Darwin. We're only half way through the season and the last four tracks should give Ash a chance to challenge," said Borland.
"I've been asked by a few people if I expected to be in front all year," commented Ash. "But I think it would be pretty disrespectful of me not to recognise the talent and experience I am racing against. I've effectively come into this season with two years out of the category and in one of those years I didn't drive anything, so we knew how hard it was going to be. We're really looking forward to Townsville, as no-one has seen the circuit yet and it should put everyone on the same starting point, so we'll put our head down and see if we can start to bridge the gap to the leader there."