Promising performance boost for Walsh's endurance campaign
MOTORSPORT: Well-travelled Ipswich racer Ash Walsh would love a chance to contest a Supercars series at Australia's impressive new motorsport facility.
The multi-million dollar The Bend circuit in South Australia has just received rave reviews for its challenging layout.
"It's a brilliant track,'' Walsh said, having raced for a number of years around Australia and overseas, including a stint in Europe.
"I was lucky enough to have a bit of a run down there early in the year in another car and it's right up there with the best tracks in Australia. It's at that top world circuits standard.
"They've done a good job of making it interesting and there's undulation in all different parts.''
Although he didn't travel to South Australia for last weekend's championship round at the The Bend, Walsh was delighted to see Brad Jones Racing team co-driver Tim Slade finish Sunday in fourth.
"They had a good result on the weekend,'' Walsh said.
"We (BJR) have been typically strong on these types of circuits, which are the new surface.
"It was good to get back there and get the car strong as they struggled a little bit (earlier in the season).
"Now they're starting to get their head around it.''
Preparing to reunite with Walsh for the endurance series, Slade is ninth in the Supercars championship driving the team's Freightliner Holden Commodore.
Having been welcomed into the Brad Jones Racing "family'' environment, Walsh is excited about returning to elite level racing.
"This will be the third year (with Slade),'' the talented Ipswich driver said.
"He's always been right up there and a fierce competitor.
"I definitely have a lot of respect for him.
"He does a fantastic job as you can see on the weekend (finishing fourth).
"When everything comes together, they are right up there.
"I'm hoping for the enduros, we can all put it together and hope for a good result.''