'Proud' Davison reflects on equalling Brock

05 May 2021
Davison will make his 212th championship round start

Will Davison has admitted it’s difficult to fathom matching Peter Brock's championship round start marker.

Davison and Tickford Racing’s James Courtney will draw level with Brock on 212 ATCC/Supercars round starts at this weekend’s OTR SuperSprint.

Both Davison and Courtney made their full-time debuts in 2006 for Dick Johnson Racing and Stone Brothers Racing respectively.

Their careers have intertwined several times; Courtney replaced Davison at DJR in 2009, with Courtney replacing Davison, this time at the Holden Racing Team, in 2011.


Davison moved to Tickford, then named Ford Performance Racing, from 2011; Courtney joined Tickford mid-season last year after Davison’s 23Red Racing drive fell over.

For Davison, who scored two podiums at the last event in Tasmania, drawing level with Brock marks an overwhelming achievement.

“Obviously any time you’re alongside a name like Peter Brock statistically, with 212 round starts, it’s hard to get your head around it,” the two-time Bathurst winner said.

“It still feels like yesterday I began in the sport.

Davison won his first race in 2008 for DJR

“Obviously formats have changed a little bit, times have changed.

“But either way, I’m proud to still be in this sport after so many years.”

Davison has had the rub of the green of himself and Courtney in 2021, with the Shell V-Power Racing Team driver fifth in the standings following podiums in Bathurst and Tasmania.

After three rounds, Boost Mobile Racing driver and 2010 champion Courtney lies 16th overall, with a season-best finish of seventh coming at Sandown.


Flashback: Davison's first win with DJR

Heading to The Bend, Davison is just 103 adrift of second place in the standings.

“We’re keen to continue momentum, been feeling good since the start of the season,” he said.

“I was pretty excited for this opportunity, I still feel like I’m at my best.

“It’s a process, we’re working bit by bit and gelling together, the environment’s amazing.

Davison celebrates a Symmons Plains podium

“We’re getting stronger all the time.”

Davison and teammate Anton De Pasquale, who will bring up 100 career race starts this weekend, will be looking to maximise not only on their own Tailem Bend form, but their team’s rampant runs at the South Australian circuit.

Shell Fords have dominated running at The Bend, winning six of the 10 races to be staged at the venue.

“Tasmania was really good for both cars, and we’re certainly looking to The Bend to continue that progression,” Davison said.

Davison and De Pasquale celebrate in Tasmania

“I love The Bend, it’s a great circuit, and the team’s been really successful there.

“We’re quietly confident that we can put in a big showing.”

Davison heads to The Bend fifth overall ahead of eight-placed De Pasquale, with the Shell V-Power Racing Team second in the teams’ standings.

The Repco Supercars Championship field will return to The Bend Motorsport Park this weekend for the OTR SuperSprint across May 7-9. Tickets are on sale now.

The event will be broadcast live on Foxtel and will be streamed on Kayo with highlights on 7 and 7 Plus.

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