WILL DAVISON IN DARWIN

Will Davison took the Woodstock-Tekno Commodore to a pair of strong finishes just outside the top ten, in the latest round of the Virgin Australia Supercar Championship at Darwin’s Hidden Valley on the weekend.

 

Qualifying proved Will’s nemesis on both days to leave him starting mid-field with lots of work to do.

 

In the very hot conditions, Davison got the head down and ran hard, making up many places to finish 13th on Saturday and 11th in Sunday’s longer race.

 

“The ‘window’ in which the car is at its best is so narrow, you don’t have to be far away to miss it and in qualifying, that leaves you down the field,” Will Davison said.

 

“In the races, we had a good car and that enabled me to move forward … the problem at Hidden Valley is that the track doesn’t make passing easy, and with the high ambient, everything gets hot when you’re behind people. You lose your tyres, your brakes, it’s punishing and very difficult to pass (in those circumstances).

 

“We had some good strategy on Sunday and top five pace, but just couldn’t past enough people.”


FRIDAY

 

  • Very hot, sunny conditions 
  • Will 11th fastest in Practice 1 
  • Will 10th fastest in Practice 2

 

“Solid day today … the car was pretty strong straight out of the truck and we had good pace. In the second session, we put some (new) tyres on and were reasonable but something didn’t feel right. We found a broken shocker, which explains that, and means that hopefully we’ll be stronger tomorrow.”


SATURDAY

 

  • Practice 3 cut short with transaxle issue
  • Will qualifies 15th for Race 11 
  • Will finishes 13th in Race 11

 

“We didn’t get the run we should have in qualifying; the car was faster than 13th. But in the race the car was great and we had good speed early on, but then the safety car came at the worst possible time (for us). We changed four tyres at the stop and probably should have done two, because (with the extra time) I got buried in the pack, plus I lost a couple of spots when I got pushed off at the restart. Once you’re back there in the pack, even when you have a speed advantage with better tyres, it’s next to impossible to pass. There’s nothing you can do.”


SUNDAY

 

  • Will qualifies 18th for Race 12 
  • Will finishes 11th in Race 12

 

“We had a top five racecar today, it’s so annoying we started 18th. Our strategy was good, my (tyre) longevity was very, very good and we burned off a lot of the others by resisting them when they caught me. I caught Rick (Kelly) but just couldn’t find a way by. Everything boils when you’re behind someone, it’s so hot, and you just can’t do anything. I think we could have moved further up the field if I’d got by Rick.”

 


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