Will’s scorch­ing prac­tice pace

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - ROHAN O'NEIL rohan. o'neil@ news. com. au

THERE was no stop­ping Will Dav­i­son in the open­ing three prac­tice ses­sions of the Townsville 400 as the Ere­bus Motorsport driver reeled off the fastest lap of the day.

Dav­i­son recorded the open­ing day’s best time when he pi­loted his Mercedes Benz M159 around the Reid Park track in 1: 13.0250, with his hot lap help­ing him to the top of the stand­ings for the sec­ond prac­tice ses­sion.

The ex­pe­ri­enced Ere­bus driver backed it up with a third place in the fi­nal prac­tice, but the for­mer Bathurst cham­pion in­sisted his team had plenty of work ahead of them be­fore to­day’s fi­nal prac­tice and the fol­low­ing qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion and race.

“It’s ob­vi­ously great to be the quick­est for the day, but it is prac­tice and we were all do­ing dif­fer­ent pro­grams out there,” he said.

“Ev­ery­one was run­ning dif­fer­ent qual­ity tyres at dif­fer­ent times and I’m still in two minds.

“Ob­vi­ously it’s great to be at the top, but I would like to be more com­pet­i­tive on the hard tyre.”

The 32- year- old driver did his best work on soft tyres yesterday and he said the chal­lenge now was to trans­late that form into his time on the hard tyres for to­day’s qual­i­fy­ing and race.

“That didn’t fig­ure in out­right con­tention to­day, but we have to qual­ify on the hard tyre to­mor­row and my fo­cus is on

Ob­vi­ously it’s great to be at the top, but I would like

to be more com­pet­i­tive on the

hard tyre

WILL DAV­I­SON

im­prov­ing there,” Dav­i­son said.

“We put a soft tyre on and we seem pretty com­fort­able on that tyre, but un­for­tu­nately there was quite a dis­par­ity in bal­ance from one tyre to the other.

“I’m sure it won’t take much to get us right back in con­tention and we need to be able to make the right changes to have the hard tyre be quick for us in qual­i­fy­ing.”

Dav­i­son wasn’t the only driver to shine on day one of the V8 Su­per­cars event in Townsville, with se­ries leader Mark Win­ter­bot­tom top­ping the field in the first prac­tice ses­sion and his in- form Pepsi Max Crew team­mate Chaz Mostert the fastest in prac­tice three.

All 25 V8 Su­per­cars will turn to the track at 9.10am to­day for a fi­nal prac­tice be­fore qual­i­fy­ing gets un­der way at 1.10pm and the first race be­gins at 4.15pm.

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