Walsh confident of strong finish to bolster development
IT is the final round of the V8 development series but for Ash Walsh it is the second step of a new beginning.
Walsh will line up at the Homebush street circuit this weekend for the second time in his new Matt Stone Racing Falcon, following a mixed first-up effort at Winton.
The Ipswich racer is confident his car will be better this time, but can't place as much faith in the narrow track, which caused havoc amongst the Supercars last year in the wet.
"It's very tight," Walsh said. "There's lots of big curves and lots of walls."
Walsh had never seen the circuit so was busy doing his homework when he spoke to the QT.
"I've got a lot of stuff to learn," he said. "As long as I can get though it without a hiccup, I should be in good stead. It's learning the circuit most of all."
Although Walsh (sixth) is out of contention for the development series title, he is in a two-way tussle for the privateer teams' title.
"It's do-able but hard," he said of his prospects of overtaking rival Luke Youldon (fifth).
"I'd need him to have some sort of malfunction. But if it's going to happen, it's going to happen here."
One thing Walsh is more certain of is better use of his car.
"I definitely feel more confident," he said.
"Winton was one of those rounds you're left shaking your head. It was a bit of a letdown but we learned a lot."
Walsh will return for next year's development series with MSR and a good result to finish this season would be a welcome boost.
For that to happen he knows qualifying well tomorrow is the key, ahead of the two races tomorrow and Sunday.
"First of all I just want to get through practice cleanly (today)," Walsh said. "From there it is quite important to qualify at the front because it is so hard to pass."