Will looks at a new way Pit­stops

Bathurst win­ner learns to han­dle the bad times, writes Mark Hinch­liffe

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Motorsport -

DE­FEND­ING Bathurst cham­pion Will Dav­i­son will de­cide his fu­ture in V8 Su­per­cars within a fort­night. Af­ter a trou­bled and lack­lus­tre sec­ond sea­son with the Holden Rac­ing Team he is weigh­ing his op­tions for next year and be­yond.

Dav­i­son ar­rived at Team Red as its big new hope and bat­tled down to the wire for last year’s V8 Su­per­car crown with his great mate and race ri­val, Jamie Whin­cup.

But things have soured this year and, with Garth Tan­der re­bound­ing and noth­ing solid on the score­sheet, Dav­i­son ad­mits he has not ex­tended his two-year deal with HRT.

‘‘I haven’t signed any­thing for next year yet,’’ Dav­i­son tells cars­Guide. ‘‘ What­ever I do, wher­ever I go, I just want to be com­pet­i­tive.’’

There has been talk for months that Dav­i­son could re­turn to part­ner James Court­ney at Jim Beam Rac­ing, but that door has closed with Steven ‘‘Ju­nior’’ John­son this week ex­tend­ing his deal into next year.

Ford Per­for­mance Rac­ing is an­other po­ten­tial slot for Dav­i­son, with Steven Richards ex­pected to leave the fac­tory Ford squad, but noth­ing is firm yet.

Mean­while, Dav­i­son is try­ing to re­build his shat­tered sea­son with a strong re­sult at Bathurst and the re­main­ing sprint races this year.

‘‘I can look back and have faith in my abil­i­ties, but it doesn’t fix this year’s prob­lems,’’ he says. ‘‘At the start of the year I spat the dummy and sulked in the corner, but at least I’ve learnt to han­dle the bad times.’’

He says his biggest frus­tra­tion is not know­ing what has gone wrong.

‘‘If I knew what the rea­son (for the bad re­sults) was, we’d fix it. GT and I are both strug­gling, but him less than us.

‘‘We swapped en­gi­neers at the start of the sea­son, but I don’t think that’s an is­sue.’’

Dav­i­son says he is look­ing for­ward to qual­i­fy­ing at Bathurst this year af­ter hand­ing the onelap du­ties to Tan­der last year.

He ad­mits a back-to back vic­tory will be dif­fi­cult, but says he is con­fi­dent in HRT and his co-driver Cameron McConville.

De­ci­sion time: Will Dav­i­son (left) and Garth Tan­der cel­e­brate af­ter win­ning last year’s Bathurst 1000, but things are dif­fer­ent now, and Dav­i­son is con­sid­er­ing what he’ll do next.

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