Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Walsh Revs Up

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Walsh Revs Up

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Byline: Jay Buchan jaybuchan@qt.com.au

ASH Walsh is preparing to put in some overtime as he prepares to defend his V8 Development Series lead in Townsville this weekend.

Walsh has been given the opportunity to drive the practice round in the V8 Supercar Series with his Dick Johnson Racing team, which coincides with round three of the Development Series.

It is the first step for the team to get Walsh accustomed to the car he will drive in the Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600 in September and October.

It will also give him an advantage over his Development Series rivals with an extra chance to get used to the tricky Townsville street circuit.

C[pounds sterling]ItCOs about familiarising myself with the car in the lead up to the enduros,C[yen] the 25-year-old said.

C[pounds sterling]ICOm just excited to be in the car.

C[pounds sterling]It gives me more track time so I can learn more about the circuit.C[yen]

Practising against the likes of Jamie Whincup, Craig Lowndes and Mark Winterbottom, Walsh (pictured) wonCOt be looking to push the pace.

C[pounds sterling]ICOll be on very old tyres so I just want to get familiar with the car and things like the seat position,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]Just get a little bit of a feel.C[yen]

But Walsh will be out to do much more than just get a feel for the car once racing starts in the Development Series round three.

The round includes one race tomorrow and two on Sunday, with the last on soft tyres.

As series leader Walsh is likely to have a target on his back. He wasnCOt keen on making any bold predictions about how it would unfold.

C[pounds sterling]ItCOs going to be clearer once weCOve had practice,C[yen] Walsh said.

C[pounds sterling]WeCOre coming off the back of some pretty good results.

C[pounds sterling]ICOll have to do the little things right and hopefully weCOre near the front. …

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