DAVISON DISAPPOINTED AT BATHURST

JUST MONTHS after winning the biggest race of the 2016 season, Will Davison was destined not to go back-to-back at the same iconic Mt Panorama circuit on the weekend.
 
Set to contest the annual Bathurst 12 Hour GT race once again for the Tekno team, running the factory McLarens, Will’s hopes of a first win in the event were dashed when a co-driver crashed the car during qualifying.
 
Unfortunately, key replacement parts couldn’t be brought to Bathurst in time to repair the McLaren for the race.
 
Even more frustratingly, Will had been the fastest driver in the McLaren factory to that point in qualifying.
 
“It’s hugely disappointing of course, for me personally and for the whole Tekno team,” Will Davison said.
 
“Everyone worked hard to give us a competitive car and we’d got the pace out of it we needed to potentially win … I thought I could go a bit quicker but at that point the aim was simply to put the car inside the top ten quickest for the shootout, which we did.
 
“Unfortunately, in such a high-pressure situation Ben (Barnicoat) made a mistake and backed the car into a wall. The damage was extensive and we couldn’t get the bits we needed to the track in time to repair it.”
 
 
FRIDAY 
 
  • Will beds in brakes in 1st session, hands over to Bathurst newcomers Johnny Kane & Ben Barnicoat
  • Will 10th fastest in 2nd practice, quickest factory McLaren driver
 
“We are driving the car that won the race last year but for some reason, maybe track condition, it just doesn’t feel that good today. We don’t seem to be as competitive as we should be … though they (the engineers) do experiment with different fuel maps and other things that affect performance, so you are never really sure what you’ve got.
 
“We’ll get a clearer picture where we are after qualifying tomorrow.”
 
 
SATURDAY
 
  • Will sets pace early in Qualifying
  • Teammate Barnicoat crashes in Qualifying  
  • Rear chassis heavily damaged, car is out for the day
 
“I was on a set of used tyres and on my best lap I had a lot of traffic, then right at the end (of the lap) a KTM comes across into my path, so I had to pass it with all four wheels on the grass! 
 
“I reckon I lost maybe half a second in that moment, so obviously, we have pretty good car pace. 
 
“Unfortunately, Ben then hit the wall and did some big damage, so that’s us done for the day. Let’s hope they can fix it for tomorrow.”
 
SUNDAY
 
  • Unable to get a spare chassis part to Bathurst from the Gold Coast overnight in time to repair the car, Will’s McLaren is withdrawn from the event
 

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