Conservative Walsh settling fast into new V8 Supercars team
FOR the first time behind the wheel of a new car it was an impressive effort.
But the fierce competitor within Ipswich V8 Supercar driver Ash Walsh was still dwelling on how much better it could have been.
Walsh spent the weekend in Sydney for the V8 Supercar Supertest.
"I was pretty happy with the weekend and how it went," Walsh said. "But the shootout was a bit of a bummer."
The order for the shootout, the competition for fastest lap at the end of the weekend of testing, was based on license numbers for the championship, rather than lap times.
Those who went out early were at a disadvantage due to lack of grip on the track.
Walsh was out seventh and the only driver who went out before him who was quicker was Marcus Ambrose. "I wasn't pleased with how the car went on the hard tyres," Walsh said.
"The conditions were a bit of a set-up.
"There hadn't been racing for a few hours and the track was really hot.
"The rubber had heated up so it was low grip. So I took a conservative approach."
Walsh finished 18th in the shootout, which was won by his former Formula Ford sparring mate Chaz Mostert.
"It was not a clear indication of how everyone stood," Walsh said.
"In the other sessions we were really competitive.
"We were just outside the top 10 and on the soft tyres inside the top 10."
Walsh knows the serious business of round one, the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide (February 26-March 1), will be a completely different challenge.
"Adelaide is a different style of circuit," he said.
Walsh had no trouble adapting to the Mercedes Erebus however.
"A few things are quite different," he said.
"But it's just another race car."
Walsh has a test day at Queensland Raceway on February 19 to put the final touches on his preparation for the Clipsal 500.