Will looks at a new way Pitstops
Bathurst winner learns to handle the bad times, writes Mark Hinchliffe
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.