Walsh looking for Bathurst success

ASH Walsh did his first lap around Bathurst’s famous Mt Panorama racetrack yesterday morning – on a push bike.

He gets his chance behind a steering wheel today in a Racer Industries prepared HSV Astra VRX in practising for a crack at Class E of this weekend’s Bathurst 12-hour race.

“I’m looking forward to the first race of the season,” Yamanto’s Walsh said.

“It feels like I’ve been waiting forever.”

Walsh finished last season racing Formula Fords before signing for this year’s Fujitsu V8 Supercar (Tier 2) series with Miles Racing.

He is using this weekend as a learning curve ahead of the start of the Supercar season.

“I feel like we’re going well,” said Walsh.

“It is hard to know how everyone else is doing. I feel quite comfortable in the car.

“It doesn’t take long but you’ve got to get the set-up right and technically these things take a long time.

“I’ll have a better idea how competitive I’ll be after practice.”

His team has placed no expectations on him this weekend so Walsh is more nervous about the looming V8 season.

“More and more big name drivers are entering the series,” he said.

“Guys like Mark Skaife and Andrew Thompson are talking about doing it and endurance drivers like Dean Campo and Luke Youlden.”

The flip side is if Walsh does well in such exalted company, it will go a long way to cementing his future in the sport.

“If you do well, it makes you look like a superstar,” he said.

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