Supercar driver relaxes on the beach after heavy V8 workload
ABLE to relax after a job well done, Ash Walsh was still at the Gold Coast yesterday following the weekend's round of the V8 Supercars.
He was resting his sore shoulder at the beach when he spoke to the QT.
Walsh's shoulder required a cortisone injection between driving stints on Sunday around the Surfers Paradise circuit.
"Just from changing gear and the high kerbs," Walsh said of his injury.
It is not surprising given the amount of time he spent in the car at the weekend.
The Gold Coast 600 is called an "enduro" for a good reason.
"We normally do 20 lap races," Walsh said. "On the weekend I did a lot of laps."
The quantity was there and so was the quality.
Walsh got the car up from its starting position of 23rd to 14th when he handed the wheel back to driving partner Tim Blanchard.
"I was happy to get away unscathed," Walsh said.
"There was some pretty ordinary stuff going on with some guys at the start."
Walsh then safely steered the Dick Johnson Racing number 17 Ford Falcon home in 16th spot, despite the pain and weariness from a long weekend's driving at high pace and intensity.
"It was very hot," he said.
"With 20 laps to go I wanted to get out but I had to knuckle down.
"I was trying to pass (Andrew) Jones most of that time which was good.
"It kept my concentration up."
It marked a successful debut season in the V8 Supercars in which Ash Walsh, who sits second in the Dunlop Development Series, contested all three endurance races (Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast).
With opportunities at the top few and far between, it could have made or broken his future prospects.
After Sandown, there were more questions than answers when he crashed out.
His efforts at Bathurst and the Gold Coast have proven however that Walsh is good enough to drive at the top level.
"Sandown was a pretty big x on the list," Walsh said. "But since then it's been really good
"It's probably exceeded my expectations.
"Bathurst was definitely a confidence booster. After Sandown I was pretty gutted.
"You have to start again.
"But I've been pretty happy with the way it's gone in the main series."
Walsh believes he is ready to join the big boys.
"A lot of guys are paid a lot of money to race and I was up there with them,'' he said.
The final round of the V8 Development Series is at Sydney in December.