ANOTHER STRONG SHOWING FROM WILL

Will Davison’s Erebus Mercedes Benz continued its competitive form in the latest round of the V8 Supercar Championship season, at Victoria’s Winton Raceway.

After a 13th and 7th placed finishes in Saturday’s pair of 60km sprints, Will ran strongly through the first half of Sunday’s longer 200km event before a radio failure cost the team dearly.

“Unfortunately when the safety car came out my engineer’s radio failed, so I couldn’t hear the message to pit for soft tyres,” Will Davison said.

“That left us out at the head of the field on the slower hard tyres, while everyone else had the faster softs, so I was a sitting duck. There was nothing I could do and we tumbled down to the back of the field.

“The good news is that once I was on soft tyres, I caught and passed the leaders, so we had plenty of race pace.

“We are getting some consistency in our competitiveness, so I am optimistic we’re heading the right way and will be strong throughout the season.


Friday

  • Two one-hour sessions
  • Brilliant sunshine

“Tough day to be honest, the car was ‘out of the window’ really. But we didn’t run Softs at all so I don’t think we’re that far off. We need to make major changes overnight but I think we know what direction to head in.”

 

Saturday

  • Will 3rd fastest in final practice
  • Qualifies 11th for Race 10
  • Qualifies 5th for Race 11
  • Will finishes 13th in Race 10
  • Will finishes 7th in Race 11

“All in all it was another solid day, particularly with P7, I certainly did all I could. I’m happy I didn’t make any mistakes because I was under a fair bit of pressure there. It was really tough because I had my hands full a little bit with the car, which we’re going to work really hard on tonight.
 
“Craig (Lowndes) was quick, there was no hiding that, I held him up the whole race. I just positioned the car in the right spots and he couldn’t do anything. He drove really clean behind me there, I’m sure it was frustrating for him, I just had to do what I could and fortunately held on.


“There was some really promising qualifying again, I was just disappointed with both starts in the races, we’ve still got some weaknesses with our starts at the moment which we’re working on. I lost two spots with both starts today so we’ve really got to focus on that because it’s the most important time of the race. But all in all, seventh was something to take out of the day.”

 

Sunday

  • Qualifies 5th for Race 12
  • Will finishes 24th in Race 12

“That’s so disappointing … we had a fast car today and should have been right there, but I couldn’t hear the radio call (to pit for soft tyres) … I was asking them but wasn’t getting an answer. It turned out Luke was telling me (to pit) but I couldn’t hear him.

“Hopefully that’s a problem we won’t need to deal with again.”


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