MIXED RESULTS IN NORTHERN QUEENSLAND

WILL DAVISON'S weekend in the sun of Townsville in the latest Supercars championship clash was one of mixed results aboard the STIX Commodore.

Despite not being entirely happy with his car, Will drove a clever race on Saturday to snatch fifth place right on the finish line.

On Sunday, happier with the car, he was poised for another strong result when a mid-race safety car triggered a pitstop and had him stacking in pitlane, costing him vital track position.

But then a late-race safety car gave Will the chance to pit for fresher tyres, and he charged back, snatching 11th place right on the line. 

“It’s not been the ideal weekend, that’s for sure. With these Safety Car pitstops you need to be the car in front to get the clean pitstop. Once you have to ‘stack’ in pitlane it hurts you big time with track position, which is hugely important at Townsville,” Will said.

“If you don’t stack and go around again, that destroys your race too. So you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

“We also had an issue with tyre pressures which hindered our speed severely (today), so we caught a lucky break with that late safety car. I was able to fight back but we should have finished further up.

“We’re not having much luck on Sundays at the moment.”


FRIDAY
  • Sunny, warm conditions
  • Two Practice sessions
  • Will 3rd fastest in Practice 1
  • Will 3rd fastest in Practice 2
“We wanted to look after the tyres for Qualifying so I only did one lap on them today. The car’s good but it could be a bit better. We made a few changes (during the day) and it’s still not 100 percent but the signs are good for tomorrow.”


SATURDAY
  • Will qualifies 6th for Race 14
  • Great start, up to 4th on the opening lap
  • Snatches 5th place on the finish line
“That was a tough race. Right from the start I knew we just had no pace in the car. There was nothing I could do, even on new tyres, plus we had a braking issue, with the rears locking. I just drove the wheels off it early to stay in the fight and then when I got a gap, really looked after the tyres and that enabled me to fight off the faster cars behind. After the re-start I managed to criss-cross & out-drag (James) Courtney from the last corner … I just beat him.”

 
SUNDAY
  • Will 4th fastest in Qualifying, makes the Top Ten Shootout
  • Will 8th fastest in the Top Ten Shootout
  • Runs with the leaders, stacks in the pits, loses vital track position
  • Recovers to finish 11th  
“A frustrating day. If we could have maintained track position I think we could have finished toward the front like Saturday but with our tyre issue I couldn’t fight back. Luckily, that late Safety Car enabled me to get some newer tyres and we could move forward again.”
 

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