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WILL Dick Johnson Racing retain out-of-contract veteran Will Davison for the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship?

It’s the biggest question of the Supercars silly season and the driver at the centre of it has hinted that an answer is not far away.

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Speaking on this week’s Castrol Motorsport News Podcast, Davison declared he’ll continue driving next season but stopped short of confirming it will be with DJR.

The 39-year-old’s position has come under question despite a strong start to 2022 that has included a drought breaking race win, four pole positions and a current fourth place in the points standings.  

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Amid speculation that DJR has sounded out younger talent, namely Erebus Motorsport’s Will Brown, Davison has made it abundantly clear he wants to stay for a third season at the storied Ford outfit.

“There’s nothing to discuss at this moment, but my relationship is amazing with the team,” Davison told the Castrol Motorsport News Podcast.

“We are a really close group and we’re all just focused on working together now. Obviously, hopefully soon there will be an announcement, or we’ll be able to discuss my future. 

“As of now, I’ve made it clear that I’m certainly going to continue driving. I don’t feel even nearly ready to retire. 

Will Davison won Race 11 at Wanneroo. Pic: Nathan Wong.

“I feel like I’m still getting better, especially this year as I grow with the team. 

“I think it’s pretty important that that continues, particularly going into an important era next year. I certainly don’t want to be going anywhere.”

Davison will on Saturday become just the 10th driver to chalk up 500 Supercars Championship race starts, the first of which came aboard a Team Dynamik Commodore at Winton 18 years ago.

Full-time stints followed at DJR (2006-08), the Holden Racing Team (2009-10), Ford Performance Racing (2011-13), Erebus (2014-15), Tekno (2016-17) and 23Red Racing (2018-2020).

Davison celebrates victory at the 2012 Clipsal 500. Photo: an1images.com / Justin Deeley.

The last of those came to an abrupt end when 23Red shut down amid the COVID-19 pandemic, before a remarkable resurrection that yielded Davison a return to DJR in car #17 last year

“It has been a story of a few ups and downs, uncertainty and whatnot, but I suppose it makes it that bit more rewarding,” reflected the 2009 and ’16 Bathurst 1000 winner. 

“It hasn’t all been smooth sailing, but I take a little bit of pride in that as well, given a few tough times I’ve been able to dig myself out and get myself back into great positions.

“I’m grateful for all the good times and the bad to be honest, because each chapter, although some show more trophies than others, I took something great out of all of them.”

Hear more from Davison about the highs and lows of his career and what he expects from the upcoming Darwin Triple Crown on this week’s Castrol Motorsport News Podcast.

The 500 Club

Craig Lowndes (674)*
Garth Tander (641)*
Russell Ingall (588)
Rick Kelly (580)
Jason Bright (578)
Mark Winterbottom (574)**
Jamie Whincup (554)*
Todd Kelly (541)
James Courtney (509)**
** denotes active full-time driver
* denotes active co-driver

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