Will Davison shifted into DJR wildcard chassis for Gold Coast
Davison ended up fifth in Practice 1 on Friday morning
Davison's old chassis will travel to US for wind tunnel testing
Will Davison has been shifted into Dick Johnson Racing’s newer wildcard chassis for the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500.
Davison ended up fifth in Practice 1 on Friday morning in what was his first competitive hit out in chassis DJRS-05.
The two-time Bathurst winner has steered chassis DJRS-03 in the first 10 rounds of the season, highlighted by a podium in Darwin.
DJRS-05 debuted at the hands of Simona De Silvestro and Kai Allen at the Repco Bathurst 1000 earlier this month.
De Silvestro/Allen raced to 20th, four places behind Davison brothers Will and Alex.
The Davison/Davison entry raced to 16th in the Great Race, with the #17 Shell V-Power Ford undone by brake issues and mid-race contact, which damaged the left door.
In December, the now-benched chassis DJRS-03 will be sent to the United States for wind tunnel testing, alongside a Chevrolet Camaro from fellow homologation team Triple Eight Race Engineering.
DJR has found form in the second half of the season, with Anton De Pasquale winning in Townsville before claiming podiums in Sydney and Bathurst.
De Pasquale, who is now seventh in the championship, will remain in chassis DJRS-04 for the final two rounds of the year.
“The cars were built at the start in the year, not in a rush,” Shell V-Power Racing Team Principal Ben Croke said on Friday.
“But with parts that we knew at the time and there were bits added here and there and wiring added as the year went on.
“This one was built a lot nicer as the year has evolved, so we might as well use it.”
Supercars will return to the track for Practice 2 at Surfers Paradise at 3:30pm local time/4:30pm AEDT.