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Davison having to ‘unlearn a lot of the past’

DICK Johnson Racing veteran Will Davison has spoken to the whole new challenge of extracting the best from a Gen3 Supercar.

Davison has been in the Supercars scene since 2004, when he debuted in a Team Dynamik Holden VY Commodore.

However, the techniques that have delivered him plenty of success over the years don’t necessarily apply to the new-for-2023 machinery.

“We sort of need to unlearn a lot of the past,” Davison said.

“There are some carryover principles but we have such a different tool here, not only aerodynamically but mechanically, you sort of need to relearn a lot of things.

“Obviously we need to understand the car so that we know when we go to all these range of circuits coming ahead, we have got a bit of an idea as to what does what, but ultimately we need to be fast and we need to know what characteristics in the car we’re looking for to be able to go fast.

“It’s going to be the story of the year, I think everyone is going to learn as the year goes on but obviously we just want to make sure we get through the first round in reasonable condition.”

DJR experienced gremlins during both of its shakedowns for Car #11 (Anton De Pasquale) and Car #17 before enjoying a far more productive test at Sydney Motorsport Park last week.

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Its pair of Shell V-Power Mustangs were back at Queensland Raceway yesterday for one last pre-season test before Round 1 at Newcastle next week.

The #17 had a run through the gravel at Turn 3 yesterday. Pic: Matthew Paul Photography

“I think Newcastle is going to be a baptism of fire for everyone,” tipped Davison, 40.

“Of course we want to be fast but we’re going to have all sorts of challenges that we need to be mindful of there, so looking forward to that.”

Team 18, Walkinshaw Andretti United, Grove Racing and Tickford Racing (Cars #5 and #56) are testing today at Winton.

Declan Fraser will be back behind the wheel for Tickford after missing the SMP test through illness.

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