| January 11, 1988 (age 27) (1988-01-11) |
Ashley Walsh Wikipedia
Ashley Daniel Walsh (born 11 January 1988) is an Australian racing driver who currently drives for Brad Jones Racing as a co-driver alongside Tim Slade in the Pirtek Enduro Cup series.
Walsh was a dual Australian Karting Champion in 2003 at his local Ipswich Kart Track driving a Tony Kart. He won the Junior Clubman and Junior Piston Port categories. He also won the 2004 Australian CIK Karting Championships in a Trulli Kart. Walsh took up motor racing in 1999 by racing karts at the Ipswich Kart Club.
Walsh was part of the CAMS Rising Stars program for 2007 when he was runner up in the 2007 Australian Formula Ford Championship whilst racing for Borland Racing Developments. In 2008 Walsh competed in the Formula Renault 2.0 West European Cup (WEC) for Hitech Junior. Walsh finished 4th in the 2010 Genuine Ford Parts Australian Formula Ford Championship. Walsh only competed in limited races in 2009, including the final two rounds of the Australian Formula Ford Championship. Walsh was also the Rookie Driver for Australia in the A1 Grand Prix Series.
In February 2011 he finished 16th in the 2011 Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour driving a Ryan McLeod run HSV VXR Turbo and then moved into the 2011 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series with the newly expanded Miles Racing. Walsh moved to Matt Stone Racing for the 2012 Dunlop Series and immediately achieved regular top five finishes.
Walsh contested the 2015 V8 Supercars Championship for Erebus Motorsport in a Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG before and including the 2015 ITM Auckland 500, after which he was dropped in favour of experienced drivers Dean Canto and Alex Davison. He contested the 2016 Enduro Cup with Tim Slade at Brad Jones Racing, finishing 7th at Bathurst despite dropping two laps down early in the race with a brake fire.
† Team result
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)