CHALLENGING START TO 2017 SEASON

BATHURST CHAMPION Will Davison had a challenging start to his 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship campaign.
 
In Saturday’s opening leg of the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, Will’s day lasted less than a lap when his Woodstock Holden Commodore was pitched into a wall by another competitor and out of the race.
 
The heavily damaged Tekno Autosports machine was out of the race on the spot, the hard working team then working through most of the night effecting repairs.
 
During qualifying a suspension component failed, possibly as a result of the heavy impact the day before, leaving Will to start the second leg of the Clipsal 500 from 20th.
 
Making immediate progress, Will kept his head down and moved forward across the day to finish 13th.
 
“Obviously this is not the sort of weekend we’d hoped for, to start the season,” Will Davison said.
 
“We weren’t that far away in Qualifying on Saturday, another tenth would have put us in the top ten, but it wasn’t to be. What happened in the race is what can happen when you are in the mid pack, we got taken out and it wasn’t our fault.
 
“The Tekno crew did a brilliant job rebuilding the car, it was a long night for them, and we could at least make Sunday’s race. Our lack of running (across the weekend) showed but we soldiered on. We ended the weekend with a much better understanding of the car and the pace (we need) to run in the top five.
 
“I am hoping now that’s the season’s bad luck out of the way!”
 
 
FRIDAY

  • Very warm conditions
  • Two short sessions then into Qualifying
  • Will is 16th fastest in Practice 1
  • Will is 13th fastest in Practice 2
  • Will qualifies the Woodstock Tekno Commodore 17th for Race 1

“What do you say when you’re 17th? Another 10th (of a second) and we would be in the top ten, the field is even closer than last year. The car didn’t feel that bad, my quallie lap was quite good and we are not far off when you look at it. When you are 17th though, it’s hugely frustrating.”
 
 
SATURDAY

  • Will starts Race 1 in 17th
  • Will out on lap 1, nudged into wall
  • Car heavily damaged & out of the race

“That’s devastating. I was hanging out wide at Turn 8 because Todd (Kelly) was on my inside, and I was going to tuck in behind him. But I didn’t realise he had someone who was inside him, Moff(at) I think, and Todd nudged me … it sent me onto the grey and into the wall.”
 
 
SUNDAY

  • Woodstock Commodore rebuilt overnight, late finish for the crew
  • Car was extensively damaged down left-hand side
  • Will 20th in Qualifying for Race 2
  • Majority of qualifying lost with a broken rollbar
  • Good run forward through the day, Will finishes Race 2 in 13th

“Solid race, (our) pace was reasonably good and we were able to move through (the field). But I spent the whole race in traffic, and it’s very hard to pass in the dirty, hot air.
 
“With no safety car it was very physical & hard work, and also didn’t allow for any real different strategies to work. But it was good to get a race under the belt after a testing weekend.”

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