Darrell Lea STIX driver Will Davison is focusing on many positives from what was a wild and controversial end to the Clipsal 500.
Davison had his Commodore placed in second as the red flag came out, but V8 Supercars officials enforced the fuel minimum rule despite the race being cut short by some 30 laps due to the rain delay. This meant Davison had to pit twice more in the remaining five minutes of the race to avoid a penalty.
“All the cars racing at the front, we were all punished because we were behind the safety car for so long and there’s a mandated amount of fuel that needs to go in over the race,” Davison said post-race. “We just had not simply burnt enough fuel in the car to get all that fuel in.
“All the cars that were running at the back, under the safety car they were just pitting every single lap, and putting fuel in, coming in putting fuel in and on the final restart they didn’t have to stop, they got all the fuel in and every other car had to pit.
“We had a bit of a gamble to sort of win the ‘class 2’ race, which was really the outright race which was Scott McLaughlin who finished 12th in the end. We were directly behind him so we had a bit of a punt and tried to get it all in with five laps to go and hopefully jump him. We were about 2 litres short and I had to come in again unfortunately and that put us back in 15th.
“The strategy side of things just went against us and most of the front runners actually, so it was a bit of a lottery result in the end.”
Davison is remaining positive though and is confident for the rest of the season.
“It’s been a real learning weekend, it’s quite a different car to what I’m used to but I’m certainly excited every time I get behind the wheel,” Davison said.
“I can feel it’s a really nice package and it’s a really enjoying car to drive.
“Qualifying on Sunday I was a little disappointed to miss the top 10 shootout. We had the speed in certain sectors but I just didn’t quite get it together on the lap.
“Really the aim of the game was to get out of this weekend with a good handful of points, nothing spectacular just a nice straight car.”
Will Davison and the Darrell Lea STIX team won’t have to wait long for the next race as the V8 Supercars head to Melbourne next for the Australian Grand Prix on March 18-20.