Racing is in Will Davison’s blood. Following on from his late grandfather Lex Davison (who won the Australian Grand Prix on four occasions in the 1950s and 60s), his champion winning father Richard and his elder brother Alex, Davison has an inbuilt passion for racing.
Davo, as he is affectionately called by his friends, began racing go karts competitively aged 12. Between 1995 and 1999 Davison claimed over 20 major karting titles. Davison knew his desire to be a professional racing driver from an early age, but didn’t get serious until 2000 when he made the move into Formula Ford. He won the Victorian Formula Ford state title on debut, then easily won the Australian Formula Ford Championship in 2001, taking 12 wins and 5 runner-up positions in the 17 race series.
In 2002, aged 19, Davison ventured overseas and entered into the highly competitive British Formula Renault Championship taking out fourth place in the series. Progressing through key open wheeler categories, 2003 and 2004 saw Davison racing in the British Formula Three Championship.
In November 2004 Davison lived a childhood dream, driving a Minardi Formula One car at the Misano circuit in Italy. With no circuit experience and limited laps Davison was significantly faster than Minardi’s then full-time drivers.
During 2004 Davison had his initial V8 Supercars experience tackling both Sandown and Bathurst. Although both resulted in DNFs, the potential of Davison shone through. Davison took on the role of DJR endurance driver in April 2005 and drove the HPDC race at Queensland raceway in July. He paired up with Steve Johnson for the season’s two major endurance races, and although he was involved in an incident at the top of Mount Panorama, Davison’s obvious talent was evident.
By mid-November, 2005 Davison was issued a full-time seat in the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship, driving the number 18 Ford. In 2006 Davison was plagued by technical difficulties, resulting in a 19th position finish in the championship.
In 2007, Davison finished tenth overall in the Championship and halved that in 2008, finishing an impressive fifth in the points chase. More importantly, he won his first V8 Supercar race and round, at Eastern Creek early in the season.
Will’s first year with the Toll Holden Racing Team in 2009 was hugely successful with him winning the Phillip Island endurance race and the Bathurst 1000 with teammate Garth Tander. Will also finishing second in the championship and was awarded the coveted Barry Sheene Medal.
Season 2010 brought little to celebrate with Will suffering from poor reliability throughout the season, which saw him finish well down the championship order.
For 2011 Will has signed with the Ford Performance Racing Team to drive the #6 Trading Post Racing Falcon in what promises to be a long and successful partnership.
In 2012 Will won the Pole Award after finishing the year with eight pole position starts. He finished on the podium a massive 17 times with eight race wins, including the final race in Sydney to end the season.
Will heads into the 2013 season full of confidence and ready to fight for the Championship throughout the year, to bring the title back to Ford.