TEKNO Autosports finishes as the leading single-car operation in the 2017 Supercars Championship.
TEKNO Group welcomed Woodstock Bourbon as their principal partner for the 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
TEKNO alongside Mayor Tom Tate, City of Gold Coast, opened their purpose built 4,500sqm Motorsport facility in Yatala, sharing the event with 5,000 members of the motorsport community and extended TEKNO family.
TEKNO partnered with Disney Pixar to compete as “Lightning McQueen” for the Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint.
The TEKNO crew triumphed to rebuild chassis 19 from the ground up in only 10 days after sustaining terminal damage at the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint. An enormous testament to the strength of the TEKNO crew.
Clipsal 500 Adelaide
Clipsal marked the debut of Team TEKNO Woodstock Bourbon.
Race 1 resulted in unavoidable damage and a DNF for Davison, the TEKNO crew put in a marathon effort repairing car 19 in time for Sundays race where Davison successfully climbed 7 positions and finished position 13.
Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix
A non-championship event didn’t mean TEKNO weren’t in for the fight. Davison competed strongly finishing the weekend 6th overall – with race results of P11, P5 and two P8 finishes.
A strong weekend for Davison and car 19.
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint
TEKNO were ready to tackle round 2 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship after departing Melbourne on a positive note.
Conditions in Tasmania were complex, rain and extremely low visibility for drivers complicated the weekend.
A horrific 12 car pileup occurred where Davison unfortunately sustained substantial damage both to his Supercar and back, taking himself and car 19 out of competition for the weekend.
Team TEKNO rebuilt the Supercar from the chassis up within the Easter period, once again we thank our partners and families for their support in achieving this monstrous feat.
WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint
Only two weeks’ post Tasmania, TEKNO completed the rebuild of chassis 19, journeyed to Melbourne, ferried to Tasmania and joined a fit and healthy Will Davison in the fight for points in Phillip Island.
Davison achieved a race 5 top 10 result, Sunday wasn’t as kind with damage resulting in a DNF finish.
Venturing to Western Australia for the Perth SuperSprint, one of Davison’s favourite tracks, the team were eager to get some critical Championship points on the board.
Davison produced his best result to date- two top 10 finishes, P8 on Saturday and an impressive p5 finish on Sunday.
The top 10 race results kept accruing as we moved to round 5, the Winton SuperSprint.
A costly pit-stop drama caused Davison a few setbacks, he pulled through with P5 and P9 race finishes.
CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown
Traveling North for the Darwin SuperSprint, Davison was pushed wide in an on-track collision.
Strategic pit stop strategy worked allowed car 19 to fight back to P11 and see the weekend out on a positive note.
Watpac Townsville 400
The prestigious Townsville 400 marked the debut of a fresh Woodstock Bourbon Supercar livery aligning TEKNO’s Supercar with the newly designed Woodstock logo and packaging.
On track, clever strategy and a gripping drive from Davison allowed him to claw his way through the field 9 places finishing Position 8.
Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint
TEKNO’s home testing track Queensland Raceway, took many victims at the Ipswich SuperSprint.
Car 19 suffered 4 tyre failures, which thankfully Davison managed incurring only minor damage, a testament to the driver and car’s safety features.
The team were left disappointed with lack of results but they shifted their focus to the Sydney SuperSprint and returning to form.
Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint
Partnering with Disney Pixar and debuting a Lightning McQueen inspired racing livery, Car 19 lit up the faces of the young at heart!
McQueen aka Davison showed great race pace until taking a step from the Cars 3 movie spinning off track and landing himself in the back of the pack. Davison soared his way through the field 12 places finishing Saturday in P13.
A qualifying penalty earnt Sunday meant Davison started from the back of the grid, but once again showed determination fighting back to finish the weekend P12.
Wilson Security Sandown 500
Sandown 500 marked the start of the Pirtek Enduro Cup where Managing Director Jonathon Webb took up his helmet to partner Davison for the 2017 TEKNO Endurance Campaign.
The duo finished just outside of the top 10 for the weekend after a racing incident in the Race for the Grid qualifying session.
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000
The reigning Bathurst champions were eager to defend their title upon their return to the Mountain.
Davison labelled 2017 as the most difficult Bathurst 1000 he had ever been a part of due to horrific weather conditions – a memorable 3 hours of racing without a safety car and far too much rain.
The duo managed to stay out of the carnage and bring car 19 home safely in P14.
Gold Coast 600
Returning to their hometown, and being one of the pairs favourite street track circuits, Davison and Webb had a tough weekend but showed their determination finishing in 14th in a weekend that threw every weather condition at them.
ITM Auckland SuperSprint
Crossing the Tasman for the only International round of the Championship. Torrential weather in Auckland delivered havoc with a cancelled qualifying session and a series of safety cars.
Davison finished P12 in Race 23 utilising a successful pit stop strategy. Sunday weather conditions did not improve, car 19 was caught in an early racing incident forcing Davison to nurse his car home to P23.
Coates Hire Newcastle 500
In his final event with TEKNO, the inaugural Newcastle 500, Davison was determined to finish his Championship campaign on a high.
The Newcastle street circuit proved to be a challenging, tight track with little overtaking sections. Double stacking in the pits on Saturday lost time and a potential podium –however Davison had a strong weekend finishing P9 on both days.
Davison’s final two top 10 results pushed him up the leader board to finish 15th in the 2017 Supercars Drivers Championship.
“2017 was a very tough and trying year after what was a great 2016. But always in Motorsport there are some feel-good moments, we had some good race results, some missed opportunities and a tough year in general, but still shared some great times with some great hardworking people that I will forever appreciate. The accident in Tasmania was a turning point for me but the way the team grouped together to get us back on the grid was something I will always remember. This year was about a small team that kept their chin up and finished the year on a positive note, we had a great team and sponsors.” – Will Davison
SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
- 1 – Jamie Whincup – Triple Eight: 3042 points
- 2 – Scott McLaughlin – DJR Team Penske: 3021 points
- 3 – Fabian Coulthard – DJR Team Penske: 2812 points
- 15 – Will Davison – TEKNO Autosports: 1659 points