TOWNSVILLE PACE UNREWARDED

DESPITE PROMISING pace in his Erebus Mercedes Benz, Will Davison had little to show for a weekend of V8 Supercar racing in the Townsville sunshine.


A 12th placed finish on Saturday showed the potential of the car’s speed on the ‘soft’ tyre and hopes were high after Will qualified 10th fastest for Sunday’s leg.


But a lap was lost early in the race under a safety car and it was a struggle from there … all Will could do was circulate to the finish and hope for the best.


“Certainly not our greatest weekend you’d have to say, very disappointing because we went into Sunday’s race particularly with high hopes, having learned a lot on Saturday,” Will Davison said.


“We’ll learn from it, as you always do, and try to put it together properly for our home race at Queensland Raceway in a couple of weeks.”



FRIDAY

  • Will 14th fastest in opening practice

  • Will fastest in second practice

  • Will 3rd fastest in third practice

     

“All in all it was a pretty good track for us last year, I had my first podium with the team here. So to end up the last couple of sessions (today) up the pointy end (of the field) was obviously encouraging.


“I love it up here, it’s such a great place. I met some really great people the other week as part of the Townsville triathlon. We had the coach of the North Queensland Cowboys Paul Green out here today with his little boy and we’ve got a new sponsor on the car with Cornetts, so they’re all out here today as well.


“Any time you end up the pointy end it’s important for us as a team, but obviously the big ones are tomorrow and Sunday.’’



SATURDAY

  • Qualifies 10th for Race 16

  • Finishes 12th in Race 16

     

“We had two really long stints at the start. Very early we bent a rear control arm quite badly and I could feel it straight away, so it was a long two stints, I was really wounded with the car and there’s nothing you can really do about it.


“You obviously lose a lot of grip and balance but we soldiered on and in one of the stops, the crew adjusted the crossweight of the car, effectively to try to over-compensate for the bend in the right rear.


“We managed to get some reasonable balance back (in the car) for the last stint, put the softs back on and all of a sudden you realise that cars (ahead) are coming back to you and you want the race to be longer.


“I needed another lap, I think I could have got another three spots. Another five laps, I think I could have probably challenged for the top-5.


“We’ve got really good tyre life so we can take that into tomorrow.”



SUNDAY

  • Will qualifies 10th for Race 17

  • Will 10th fastest in Top Ten Shootout

  • Loses a lap early, finishes 24th in Race 17

     

“Not our day to today that’s for sure. Something went wrong with our fuelling at the first stop and my coolsuit failed after a couple of laps, plus for some reason the car wasn’t very good … so I’ve had better days at the office!”

 


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