Future uncertain for Davison

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 19/07/2017
  • By Stefan Bartholomaeus

Reigning Bathurst winner Will Davison is confident he’ll remain in Supercars next season, but admits he’s unsure where.

Davison is one of several out-of-contract drivers having joined Tekno Autosports at the start of last season on a two-year deal.

Last year yielded a Bathurst win and fifth in the championship but 2017 has proven tougher going, with Davison currently 13th in points after a series of early setbacks.

Although stressing a desire to continue with Tekno, Davison says he’s in a holding pattern while the team works through its plans, including sponsorship.

Tekno signed a five-event agreement with Woodstock at the start of the year that has remained on the car for all seven championship events to date while it chases other deals.

What the team can put in place for 2018 and whether that will affect its choice of driver remains to be seen.

“Obviously I’d like to be getting my future sorted soon, but there’s certainly nothing in place for next year,” Davison told Supercars.com of his situation.

“I’ve spoken to Tekno but they’re waiting on some things regarding their future in terms of sponsorship and things like that.

Davison pushing hard in Townsville Davison pushing hard in Townsville

“I’d love to think I’ll have a drive somewhere in the sport, but it’s a very open book at the moment.

“I wouldn’t say I’m concerned, but there’s uncertainty. Hopefully the stars align and I will be on the grid. I’m confident I will be because I feel I’ve still got a lot to add.

“Ideally we will come to a deal here (Tekno) because continuity is important, but we’ll have to see what happens. Hopefully in the next month they will start taking shape.”

At 34 Davison is at the prime of his career and determined to add a championship crown to his Bathurst wins from 2009 and 2016.

A Supercars full-timer since 2006, Davison raced with the likes of Dick Johnson Racing, Walkinshaw, Prodrive and Erebus before moving to Tekno.

Finishing second in the 2009 championship with Walkinshaw and third in 2013 with Prodrive, Davison says he’s even stronger for tough times experienced since.

“I still feel like I’ve got my best years ahead of me now,” he said.

“I’d love to get myself back into a championship challenging situation because I think I’ll be better than last time I was in that situation.

“I feel like I know how to win a championship if we get that bit more pace and consistency.

Davison enjoyed a Bathurst win with Tekno owner Jonathan Webb last year Davison enjoyed a Bathurst win with Tekno owner Jonathon Webb last year

“We showed last year what we could do and it’s hard in a single-car team, but with consistency and minimal mistakes we scored great points.

“I’m confident that it doesn’t take much for us to be back there. I’m really motivated and determined to get back to that and continuity is very important for that to be honest.

“Fingers crossed we can create something that’s beneficial for everyone and move forward and see what happens.”

Davison rebounded from a horror start to the year that included being injured in Tasmania by recording four-straight top 10 finishes across Perth and Winton.

He qualified 15th or worse for all four races over the Hidden Valley and Townsville weekends, however, salvaging a best race result of eighth in the latter’s Sunday race despite a broken roll-bar.

“Lately we’ve generally had some pretty good races, we’ve just been a bit hit and miss in qualifying,” he explained.

“I don’t know why. It’s been weird because when the car is balanced it happens easily and you get good confidence in the car.

“But there’s been some sessions this year where we’re not speaking the same language and then all of a sudden it comes alive again.

“It’s hard with a small team when you’re trying stuff. We’ve got our challenges, but that’s not to say that when everything is as it should be we can’t still be very competitive.”

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