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Monday, May 27, 2024


WILL Davison required medical treatment after his hopes of back-to-back Sandown pole positions went up in flames this morning.

Davison was the star of the show on Saturday, winning easily from pole position.

Come Qualifying for Race 25 today, Davison was well placed for a shot at another pole before having to abort his second shot at a flying lap when an electrical issue caused smoke to fill the cockpit of his #17 Shell V-Power Mustang.

Some swift work by his crew got him back out for the third and final qualifying session of the weekend, which Davison would top with a record 1:07.2078s.

But it didn’t come without consequences, Davison revealing at the end of the day that he had to visit Supercars medical delegate Dr Carl Le and be put on oxygen.

“I had a weird morning, that’s for sure,” Davison recalled.

“It was a bit of a shock. Obviously the priority was to try to get the car back initially and not cause a red flag.

“It was getting pretty hard to breathe the last minute or so, it was getting quite bad, but I don’t know, you’d rather not breathe than cause a red flag… we got it back and the guys did a great job in a short space to get me back out there.”

Davison after Race 26. Pic: Shell V-Power Racing Team

Starting Race 25 out of 11th position, Davison vaulted up the leaderboard before tumbling down the order (15th place finish) due to a drive-through penalty for a pit stop infringement.

In the later race, he battled Shane van Gisbergen for victory, despite being inadvertently caught up in some friendly fire on Lap 2 that damaged teammate Anton De Pasquale’s car. De Pasquale limped home in 23rd.

All told, Dick Johnson Racing’s up-and-down weekend has seen it drift to 196 points behind Triple Eight Race Engineering in the teams’ championship.

“It’s been a great weekend for the team but it was quite a costly day today on that front,” Davison conceded.

“Anton and I, we work really well together, we race well together, it was just a really unfortunate incident that cost him a lot of points in his race, and obviously a real shame for this morning in the first race.

“I started 11th, I got all the way back to third, had a cracking start, and then we had the unfortunate penalty, so quite a costly day on the points front.

“It could have been a lot better, but that’s all good; we’ll focus on our speed and I’m sure we’ll be taking this battle all the way to the end.”

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