Like he did at Bathurst later in the year, Davison kept an assured head amid the chaos to keep his car pointing in the right direction.
In the space of three laps, he had gone from fourth to first, and went on to take a race win very few would predicted some minutes earlier.
Seeing van Gisbergen beached in the gravel was almost poetic justice for Davison, who was tasked with replacing the Kiwi and keeping Tekno at the pointy end.
Davison basks in his sensational win
"It's a great sport, and we’ve all been through the highs and the lows," he told the broadcast after the race.
"I’ve been through some great highs, and some unusual lows.
"It's a crazy journey. You can never quite give the emotion as to what it actually means to us, and how much doing this sort of thing does for your confidence.”
Van Gisbergen would go on to win the championship, with Davison fourth, marking his best championship result since 2013.
His Bathurst victory alongside team owner Jonathon Webb remains his most recent win, but it was the Symmons sensation that helped him prove, at least to himself, that he still had what it took after a trying stint with Erebus.
Happy days for Davison and Tekno
"I’m stepping into some big shoes at Tekno knowing that I can do it, but it’s been a couple of years,” said Davison, who currently drives for the Shell V-Power Racing Team.
"To be able to bounce back to this form pretty early in the year is a big weight off the shoulders to be honest.
"It’s all good and well saying you don’t lose confidence, but sometimes you do.
"I left weekends in the last two years where I’m certain that I did qualifying laps as good as I’ve ever done, and races, and you keep telling yourself that… but you’re not up there winning.
"You can keep [saying it] time after time, but until you’re actually back doing it again, that’s when it does the world of good for you.”
Davison will continue his search for a first win in five years at next weekend’s Beaurepaires Tasmania SuperSprint. Tickets are on sale now.
The event will be broadcast live on Foxtel and will be streamed on Kayo.