Will Davision and Jonathon Webb combined to finish third on Sunday, marking the Darrell Lea STIX team’s second podium at the Sandown 500 in two years.
In Saturday’s qualifying 2 race the #19 Darrell Lea STIX Commodore struggle for pace and contact from behind from Fabian Coulthard late in the race did not help the outcome with Davison taking the chequered flag in P10 after starting from P4.
Nevertheless major overnight changes transformed the car on Sunday, where Webb and Davison were front-runners throughout.
“Geoff [Slater] and all the boys at Tekno did an awesome job last night. The car was faultless all day; it was just a lot of fun watching.” said Jonathon Webb.
“We’ve been a bit hit-and-miss so it was a big relief to get the car dialled in and get a great result (on Sunday).
“The last two events were really, really tough so it’s been a big five or six weeks.
“We made some reasonably big changes (on Saturday night) and the car was just a pleasure to drive in the race.
“We really needed a result for the whole team and I didn’t want to let the boss down because he did a mega job.”
“Speechless, it’s [been] a long day. Thanks Webby, thanks to the team at Tekno. After a tough couple of rounds this is magic. Just to have a great car and great speed again. It was a pretty tough race, hard not to make a mistake. Webby did such a great job, I’ll tell ya it was a real tough run home.” said Will Davison, post-race.
Davison held off Scott McLaughlin in the dying laps despite the #19 suffering a cracked header.
“We started relaxed and what do they say about that. And two to go we had an issue with a header, anyway we got home, crazy!” said Will Davison.
“We weren’t too worried about it,” explained Webb
“It was definitely a broken header and there wasn’t a lot we could do about it.
“We had a bit of a gap to Scotty so Will just had to keep his head down and finish it off.”
This year we will head to Bathurst eyeing off a unique double, looking to add the Peter Brock Trophy to the 12 Hour win earned earlier this year.
“I haven’t been on the podium there yet (in a Supercar), but after this weekend we’re really happy and we’ll go up there feeling confident,” said Webb.
“It’s a long weekend up there so we’ll do what we can and see where we pop out.”
Will Davison remains sixth in the championship after Sandown.
Catch the Darrell Lea STIX Commodore back on track at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 on 16-18 October.