TROUBLED TIMES AT QR

WILL DAVISON had a disappointing pair of races at the STIX team’s home track, Queensland Raceway, over the weekend.
 
Never able to get the Tekno Autosports entry in the sweet spot for chassis setup throughout both days, Will used smart strategy to drive to 7th in Race 16 but encountered an even more recalcitrant car on Sunday and struggled home 17th in Race 17.
 
“It’s a long time since we’ve had a weekend like that,” Will Davison admitted.
 
“At Queensland Raceway car setup is 95 percent of your speed and while we missed the ideal ‘window’ (chassis setup) on Saturday, there was something more seriously amiss on Sunday.
 
“I don’t know whether something was broken, something was setup incorrectly or whatever, but the car was dreadful. We had no speed at all, even on new tyres, and it was behaving quite bizarrely.
 
“Obviously we’ll take the car apart and try and diagnose the issue … I really don’t want to have to drive it like that again!”
 
FRIDAY
  • Jon Webb drives #19 in co-driver session, 13th quickest
  • Will 19th in Practice 1
  • Will 21st in Practice 2
“Bit of a frustrating day. The car was good in the first session when we were on old tyres, but we lost our way after that. We went the wrong way (with the setup) for the second session, it wasn’t right. I did run on new tyres to see if that made a difference but it didn’t. We need to rethink it overnight.”

SATURDAY
  • Practice 3 cut short, Will 12th fastest
  • Will qualifies 10th for Race 16
  • Strong run, finishes 7th
“We didn’t have the car we wanted today. From what we learned in qualifying we made some changes and it helped, but it wasn’t right. We played a strategy game too, knowing we didn’t have the speed, and that got us forward but we need to be fighting for wins, not at the back on the top ten.”
 
SUNDAY
  • Qualifies 17th for Race 17
  • No speed in the car, Will struggles home 17th
“From the moment we rolled out for Qualifying, something was wrong with the car. No matter how I drove it, no matter new tyres or old, it was very difficult to drive and just plain slow. I struggled to keep anyone behind me, I couldn’t fight at all.”

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