Davison: Clipsal win feels as good as Bathurst

Will Davison on the Clipsal 500 podium

Will Davison on the Clipsal 500 podium

Will Davison says that his victory at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide today feels as good as his 2009 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 triumph.

Davison’s Clipsal victory is the seventh race win of his seven-year V8 Supercars career, and the first since his Bathurst success alongside Garth Tander.

The Trading Post Falcon driver took the lead of today’s race from his former Holden Racing Team team-mate late in the second stint, before going on to win by almost 5s from current team-mate Mark Winterbottom.

The win comes after Davison lost yesterday’s season opener to Jamie Whincup due to running out of fuel on the final lap.

“As a driver, the Clipsal 500 is one of the most rewarding ones you want on your CV,” said Davison of his victory.

“When you have a mistake free race here it’s really great, it’s what the sport’s all about. To finally stand on the top step is very special.

“We’re all gunning for the championship, but we’ve got so many great events on the calendar now, and every race you win is a huge achievement.

“This is my seventh win now, so I’m still pretty new to it. It feels up there with the Bathurst win right now.”

Davison survived two close calls during the race, narrowly avoiding pitlane contact with Shane van Gisbergen at the second pitstops, and locking a right-front tyre on the final corner.

“I was focussed on my release, and I knew he was coming past, but obviously as he did so he slammed the brakes on as he was pulling into his box,” said Davison of the pit incident.

“I quickly got off the throttle, but it was closer than I would of liked.”

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