Ash recovers from day one disaster to stake championship claim
IPSWICH'S V8 Supercar driver Ash Walsh staged a terrific recovery to finish second overall at Queensland Raceway in Round 5 of the 2014 Dunlop Series.
After a gritty drive on Saturday when Walsh finished fifth after being forced to start from the back of the field, he impressed again yesterday.
Walsh started from sixth place on the grid yesterday but quickly moved into third spot before picking off Paul Morris and Marcus Zukanovic to grab the lead.
He built a good gap on the field but championship rival Paul Dumbrell, who won the opening race on Saturday, snatched the lead with just three laps remaining.
Walsh had to settle for second with Cameron Waters third.
"After I got past Paul Morris I was sort of hoping he would hold up PD (Dumbrell) a little," Walsh said.
"He was really fast today and I just didn't really have an answer for him.
"The mistake yesterday was costly and Paul made me pay for it.
"We may have started today with the tyre pressures a bit high and I could not hold Paul out. The car wasn't bad, we just did not have quite enough to hang on at the end."
The back-to-back wins were enough to elevate Dumbrell to the top of the Dunlop Series points race with Walsh just four points adrift.
For Walsh, it was a satisfying performance after Saturday's disappointment.
Walsh had qualified in fourth place for the opening event but was relegated to the back of the grid following a weigh bridge infringement.
The penultimate round takes place at Bathurst in October.
"Bathurst is going to be tough with the longer 250km race, but we are right in this Championship,'' Walsh said.
2014 Dunlop Series pointscore after Round 5: Paul Dumbrell 1236, 2 Ashley Walsh 1232, Andre Heimgartner 921, Chris Pither 881, Paul Morris 879, Cameron Waters 875, Ant Pedersen 873, Garry Jacobson 869, Andrew Jones 755, Aaren Russell 749.