With just over a week since the controversial season opener at the Clipsal 500, the schedule for the 2016 Australian Grand Prix last weekend was a series of four quick twelve-lap races around the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne as a non-championship round.
But it was a rough start for Team TEKNO’s Will Davison at the Coates Hire V8 Supercars Challenge, with the #19 Darrell Lea STIX Commodore driver hitting the wall early on Thursday afternoon during Practice 2. The team worked hard for a quick turnaround in the hour between Practice 2 and the Qualifying session to get Davison out and have a crack at qualifying. It was a solid result for Will who ended up starting in P16 for Race 1 on Friday afternoon.
Starting mid-pack would make it difficult for Davison to edge his way to the front, who maintained his position to finish in P16 for Race 1. This would be where he would start Race 2, which was a more positive affair with Davison making his way up to P14 ahead of Chris Pither and David Reynolds.
Race 3 on Saturday was a tricky affair, with the Melbourne skies opening up and sending rain across Albert Park just as the race had started and the V8 Supercars field still wearing slick tyres. As the slippery conditions progressed, Davison was unfortunately involved in a tangle with #6 of Cameron Waters and was relegated to the back of the pack. This left Davison with a lot of work to do and not enough laps to do them in, finishing P19 for the #19 Commodore. Waters eventually served a pit lane drive through penalty for the contact.
Combined points determined the V8 Supercars grid for the Race 4 finale on Sunday, with Davison starting in P18. Saturday’s bad luck was nowhere to be found, and with a fast car under him Davison charged past five cars in only twelve laps to come home in P13 for the race.
“[I] had a much better race today moving forwards and showed some good pace, made some solid improvements and really starting to understand my new car,” he said following the race.
Will Davison’s final result on combined points for the Australian Grand Prix was 15th at 116 points.
It was only his second V8 Supercar outing with Team TEKNO, but get set to see Davison come fighting back after a solid few days of learning his new car in racing trim.
“Thanks so much to the guys for being so hardworking and positive,” said Davison. “[It’s] been a very beneficial weekend, now bring on Tassie. Thanks for the support; good times not far away.”
The V8 Supercars take to the track again for the next Championship round at Symmons Plains in Tasmania on April 1-3.