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Walsh's Supercar dreams dashed on cruel Mt Panorama circuit

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ASH Walsh's huge weekend of V8 Racing didn't go as he would have hoped.

Walsh's bid for a maiden Development Series crown was dashed and he and co-driver Scott Pye failed to finish the Bathurst 1000.

But as the dust settled on Mt Panorama there was at least a semblance of a silver lining.

The Ipswich racer had taken his car from eighth into fourth during his 37 lap stint behind the wheel of the main race yesterday.

It was little consolation however, when a blown tyre with Pye behind the wheel ended their weekend early.

"We have had no luck today with two incidents finally putting us out," Walsh said yesterday.

"I thought we might be back in it after the red flag but a cut tyre ended our day with Scotty having a big moment at the bottom of Conrod. I was trying to stay in the top five during my stint as well as saving some fuel, so the car was going very well and I was confident we could stay in the lead group. It was not the result we were looking for but we will fight on at the Gold Coast."

Walsh was referring to the Gold Coast 600 later this month.

It is the final endurance race of the year and Walsh's last chance to impress at the top level in 2014.

On Saturday, Walsh's main rival for the Dunlop Series, Paul Dumbrell won the race and title after Walsh hit a wall 11 laps into the 38-lap race.

Walsh's hopes for redemption lay in yesterday's big race and he didn't disappoint.

Walsh took over from Pye after lap 20 and got the car into fourth place when he handed the wheel back to Pye on lap 57.

But the re-laid Bathurst track, which wreaked havoc amongst competitors all day, also claimed his and Pye's number 16 Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon.

One of the real problems of the weekend was the track breaking up at the entry to turn two.

Before the blown tyre that ended their race Pye was caught out by the track condition and went straight into the tyre barriers.

Quick thinking got the car going and Pye was soon back in the pits where the DJR crew went to work.

Just six laps later, Pye had a tyre delaminate on Conrod Straight, pitching the battered Falcon into the wall and ending their race.

Topics:  ash walsh, bathurst 1000, dunlop v8 development series




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