Davison: Last 20 laps were an absolute nightmare
Will Davison has labelled the last 20 laps of his winning drive at Symmons Plains today as an ‘absolute nightmare’ as the Ford Performance Racing driver endured a numb right leg while trying to hold out team-mate Mark Winterbottom.
According to Davison, the blood circulation issue has been arising intermittently for some years, but did not have an effect during his victorious weekend at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide four weeks ago.
The former Bathurst winner led every lap of today’s race outside of the pitstop cycle, and managed to hold-out Winterbottom over an intense 35 lap final stint.
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“We’ve worked on trying to get on top of it and we’ve improved the situation no doubt,” said Davison of the problem.
“I got through Clipsal no problems, but it put its ugly head up again in that race.
“The last 20 laps were an absolute nightmare to be honest, I was just trying not to make a mistake.
“It happened here last year, I ran wide with about three to go and then Frosty ran wide and Tander got us both. I was just thinking back to that moment and thinking don’t make that mistake again.
“We’ve obviously go to work on it, I had a fear in the off-season that it would pop-up and cost me a race win and that’s what I was thinking of today.”
Davison says that he is unaware of what is causing the lack of blood circulation, but says he’ll make further adjustments to the seat in his car before tomorrow’s longer 200km race.
“It could be back, it could be a million things that we’ve been looking at and treating,” said Davison.
“We’ll have to see what else we can tweak in the seat – it looks like a bit of a dog’s breakfast because we’ve been chopping and changing it all the time.”
Winterbottom eventually finished second in today’s race, and said that the left-ankle that he broke while water skiing late last year is hurting his starts.
“I just can’t get the car off the line,” said Winterbottom.
“We lost two positions today, so it is costing me, but it will only get better, it won’t get worse.”
Davison now leads the championship standings by 39 points over Jamie Whincup having taken two wins and a second place finish from the first three races.
Winterbottom is a further 39 points adrift in third, with Garth Tander and Craig Lowndes rounding out the top five.