Countdown on to NTI Townsville 500

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 11/06/2021
  • By Charlie Bullis

Shell V-Power Racing Team recruit Will Davison is geared up for his first race in Townsville since 2019, and the first street circuit event for the 2021 season.

The #17 Ford Mustang driver had success at the North Queensland track in 2013, winning the finale of that year's event.

Chasing Craig Lowndes for the lead, Davison lead his Ford Performance Racing teammate Mark Winterbottom to a one-two victory.

While Townsville holds fond memories for the 38-year-old, there are moments from Davison's race celebrations he would rather forget.

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“There’s a little escape road on the track that I try to ignore,” Davison told media in Townsville.

“The only time I won here was in 2013; it’s a good memory but no one has ever let it slip the moment I belted the wall doing my victory donuts.

“Hopefully, I will be doing more victory donuts when I’m back here in four weeks but avoiding the wall this time.”

Relishing the contest of a street circuit, the Dick Johnson Racing veteran will be looking to recreate the team's one-two finish for his new team at last month's OTR SuperSprint.

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“It’s a unique challenge; street races are always a real battle for the drivers, and a strategic element comes into the play,” Davison explained.

“You’re doing 250km around here, very near to the walls.

“It’s got varying track conditions and no room for error, and whenever we get drizzle here, we get carnage.

“You have to think on your feet to avoid it, but that’s why we love our sport.

“I’m gunning for wins, anything but that is a disappointment now.

Super Trucks take to the sky above Townsville

“I’m really happy with how the season started, we are meshing well as a team and it’s a real honour to be in the #17 Shell V-Power Mustang.

“I’m absolutely loving the challenge and pressure that comes with it".

The 2021 season marks the 13th year Townsville has hosted the category, with the Reid Park venue making its debut in 2009.

This year’s event will feature a host of family entertainment both on and off the track, and free Trackside admission for kids 12 and under.

The Repco Supercars Championship field will return to Townsville for the NTI Townsville 500 across July 9-11.

Tickets for the event are available here.

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