ADELAIDE'S CLIPSAL 500, the opening weekend of the 2016 V8 Supercar Championship, saw Will Davison make a strong debut for the Tekno Autosports team.

Racing a Holden Commodore for the first season since 2010, and a Triple Eight-build chassis for the first time ever, Will played himself in over the weekend’s three races, getting to grips with the new equipment.

“You always want to be right at the front straight away, but that’s often not how it is,” Will Davison admitted.

“Early in the weekend it was about getting comfortable in the car and learning how to get the speed out of it, and how it reacts to certain changes. We were still doing that in the races too, and I know there’s more to learn.

“We’ve gelled quickly as a team, they’re great to work with, so I am enjoying that side of it … it’s a very good operation and gives me great confidence for the season ahead.”

In a rain-soaked 250Km race on Sunday, Will stormed to the front group immediately however the race’s shortened length played against the Tekno Autosports outfit, forcing a late race stop to meet fuel regulations.

Will finished a frustrated 13th, after 11th and 9th places in the twin-125km races on Saturday.


  • Season underway in hot & humid conditions
  • Will’s official V8 Supercar debut for Tekno team
  • Settling into Tekno Commodore, Will is 18th & 15th in Practice
  • Will qualifies 10th for Race 1
  • Will qualifies 11th for Race 2


“After the first session I was a bit worried. I just wasn’t comfortable in the car at all, which meant I couldn’t get it to do what I wanted. But we made some changes before the second session and the car was way better, I was really comfortable (in it) and could start to drive it properly. 

“We’ve got more work to do, of course, we need more pace but I do think we’ve got a very solid base of speed now, and can tune it up. I am looking forward to getting back in the car tomorrow.” 


  • Will 15th in morning Practice
  • Extremely hot conditions
  • Will finishes 11th in Race 1
  • Will finishes 9th in Race 2


“Tough day today because it was so hot in the car. By the end of the races the pedals were burning hot and so was the drinking water, so we need to address that. 

“I learned lots about the car today, which is what I expected the weekend to be about … I think it was better on the soft tyres in the first race, but not so good on the hard tyres in the second race.
“Our pitstop in the second race was really good, the Tekno boys did a great job. Overall it was a learning day.”


  • Will qualifies 12th for Race 3
  • Rain-soaked event plays havoc on & off track
  • Runs strongly in top group for many laps
  • Shortened race forces late fuel stop
  • Will finishes 15th 


“We had our challenges today, the conditions were tricky, so I just concentrated on making no mistakes and not bending the car. And that’s how it played out. It was all about surviving.

“The team made a brilliant call just ahead of the second rainstorm and that got me to second, and we had a good strategy going but the race shortening beat us. We couldn’t get the fuel in, and that meant an extra stop.

“Looking ahead to the Grand Prix, I want to make some changes to the car to understand what it does. Looking forward to it already.”

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