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Will Davison (born 30 August 1982) is an Australian professional racing driver. He currently drives the No. 23 Ford Mustang GT for 23Red Racing in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. Davison is a two-time winner of the Bathurst 1000, in 2009 and 2016.

Will Davison
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Will Davison at the 2012 Clipsal 500 Adelaide
NationalityAustralia Australian
Born30 August 1982 (1982-08-30) (age 37)
Melbourne, Victoria
Supercars Record
Car number23
Current team23Red Racing
Series championships0
Races428
Race wins19
Podium finishes54
Pole positions17
2019 Championship position7th (914 Points)*

Early careerEdit

Having won the Victorian title in 2000, Davison won the 2001 Australian Formula Ford Championship, competing against future IndyCar driver Will Power and Leanne Ferrier.

Open-wheel careerEdit

European campaignEdit

Taking a common route to Formula One, Davison packed up and moved to Buckinghamshire in England where he competed in the 2002 British Formula Renault Championship, finishing fourth in the series. In 2003 he moved up to the British Formula 3 Championship with Alan Docking Racing but an enforced mid-year change of teams to Menu F3 did not help his campaign. Davison continued with Menu F3 into 2004 but his campaign was cut short for financial reasons.

In 2004 he tested a Minardi Formula One car with fellow Australian Will Power at the Misano World Circuit in Italy, organised by Minardi's Australian team owner, Paul Stoddart.[1]

A1 Grand PrixEdit

During his time between Formula 3 and V8 Supercar seats, Davison drove for A1 Team Australia in the inaugural season of the A1 Grand Prix, where he was once again racing for Alan Docking Racing. During the season he experienced many ups and downs, including being involved in various incidents outside his own control. The positives for the season were two sixth-place finishes in both the Portuguese and Australian feature races.

Touring car careerEdit

Team DynamikEdit

In 2004, Will made his first appearance in Australia's premier touring car series, V8 Supercars, driving a third car for Team Dynamik at Winton. However, it was an inauspicious debut as he only managed to complete a single lap before retiring.[2] He then reappeared in the next round at Oran Park before co-driving with Dale Brede in the endurance events, the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000, with the latter event marking his final appearance of the season.[3]

Dick Johnson RacingEdit

In 2005, Will was not able to find a full-time drive. However, he did appear at Sandown and Bathurst, where he drove for Dick Johnson Racing, co-driving with Steven Johnson in the No. 17 Westpoint Falcon. By mid-November 2005, Davison had been signed as a full-time driver for Dick Johnson Racing, set to pilot the team's No. 18 Falcon in 2006.

For Davison, 2006 was a quiet year as Davison was plagued by technical difficulties. He recorded only modest results, with a fourth place with team-mate Steven Johnson at Sandown being his lone highlight. He finished 19th in the championship. In 2007, Davison continued to drive the No. 18 Falcon under the team's new naming rights sponsor, Jim Beam. In the 2007 endurance races, Davison partnered with Steven Johnson for the third straight year, with the duo scoring a third place at Bathurst.[4] He finished 10th in the championship.

Davison remained at the team to race the No. 18 Falcon in 2008, winning his first championship race and round at Eastern Creek Raceway the second round of 2008. It was the team's first round victory in seven years.[3] Davison also scored a further 2 podiums in the year, one of these with teammate Steven Johnson at the Phillip Island 500. He finished a career-high 5th in championship.

Holden Racing TeamEdit

In 2009, Davison moved to the Holden Racing Team to drive the No. 22 Holden VE Commodore. This was Davison's best year to date; he finished 2nd in the championship after collecting a round win at the Sandown Challenge, a race win at Queensland Raceway and a rare endurance double at the Phillip Island 500 and Bathurst 1000, driving with Garth Tander. This provided Davison with his first Bathurst victory. He also scored several other podiums during the year, and won the Barry Sheene Medal at the post-season awards night.[5]

In 2010, Davison continued with HRT, but technical issues and bad luck plagued him throughout the entire year and he finished the championship in 22nd place.[3] Midway through the season, Davison decided to end his relationship with Holden Racing Team and signed with Ford Performance Racing for 2011 to drive the No. 6 Trading Post FPR Falcon.[6]

Ford Performance RacingEdit

 
The Ford FG Falcon of Will Davison at the 2011 Clipsal 500 Adelaide.

2011 saw Davison regain his form as a front runner, with four pole positions and six podiums. Although unable to break through for a win, he ended the season 7th in the championship.

2012 started on a high note: after 11 starts and 6 wins, including winning the Clipsal 500 Adelaide for the first time, Davison was the leader of the series, albeit involved in a very tight battle for the championship with Jamie Whincup and his FPR teammate Mark Winterbottom. However, after a stroke of bad luck in the endurance races, despite scoring his maiden Bathurst 1000 pole position, Davison only managed to finish fourth overall.

2013 once again ended in disappointment for Davison, with a number of racing incidents transpiring to ruin his championship ambitions causing him to finish third in the standings behind the Triple Eight Racing duo of Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup.

Erebus MotorsportEdit

Davison confirmed in early 2014 that he would be joining Erebus Motorsport on a four-year contract.[7] Driving a Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, he finished 14th in 2014 and 15th in 2015, collecting just one win, at the 2015 Ubet Perth Super Sprint, and six top five results. In both years, Davison drove with his brother Alex in the Enduro Cup, narrowly missing a Bathurst podium in 2014. Financial pressures on the team resulted in Davison being given permission in mid-2015 to negotiate a drive elsewhere.[8]

Tekno AutosportsEdit

 
Will Davison and Jonathon Webb win the 2016 Bathurst 1000 after Jamie Whincup causes a late crash in a dramatic race.

Davison moved to Tekno Autosports in 2016, returning to Holden for the first time since 2010.[9] The move brought Davison near-immediate success, winning the second round of the year, the Tasmania SuperSprint.[10] After a lean patch in the middle of the year, Davison returned to form at the Enduro Cup, finishing third at Sandown with Jonathon Webb. At the Bathurst 1000, Davison achieved an even better result, capitalising on late drama between the race leaders to take his second Bathurst crown, despite not leading any laps.[11]

23Red RacingEdit

At the end of the 2017 season, rumours started spreading that Davison was going to join the newly formed 23Red Racing, owned by Lucas Dumbrell. Then in early December, it was confirmed that Davison would race for 23Red Racing in the 2018 season.

GT careerEdit

Davison has competed multiple times in the Bathurst 12 Hour, with a best result of 3rd in 2014 in an Erebus Motorsport-prepared Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

Personal lifeEdit

His grandfather Lex Davison won the Australian Grand Prix four times and also won the 1957 Australian Drivers' Championship. His father Richard Davison was the winner of the 1980 Australian Formula 2 Championship and his brother Alex Davison has won numerous titles including the 2004 Australian Carrera Cup Championship as well as also competing in Supercars for several years. Continuing the family tradition, cousin James Davison has competed in the IndyCar Series and the Rolex Sports Car Series. His grandmother Diana Davison was one of the first female racing drivers in Australia. His stepgrandfather Tony Gaze was a decorated fighter pilot in World War II and also a Formula One driver.

Davison is engaged to Riana Crehan, a pit reporter for Supercars Media.

Career resultsEdit

Season Series Position Car Team
2000 Australian Formula Ford Championship 6th Stealth Van Diemen RF95 - Ford Will Davison
Victorian Formula Ford Championship 1st
2001 Australian Formula Ford Championship 1st Van Diemen RF01 - Ford Sonic Motor Racing Services
2002 British Formula Renault Championship 4th Tatuus - Renault 2.0 Motaworld Racing
2003 British Formula 3 Championship 8th Dallara F303 Spiess - Opel Alan Docking Racing
Menu F3 Motorsport
2004 British Formula 3 Championship 13th Dallara F303 Spiess - Opel Menu F3 Motorsport
V8 Supercar Championship Series 67th Holden VY Commodore Team Dynamik
2005 V8 Supercar Championship Series 59th Ford BA Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
HPDC V8 Supercar Series 28th Ford AU Falcon
2005/06 A1 Grand Prix 13th Lola A1GP Zytek A1 Team Australia
2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series 19th Ford BA Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series 10th Ford BF Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
Australian GT Championship 20th Aston Martin DBRS9 Abcor
2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series 5th Ford BF Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series 2nd Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team
2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series 22nd Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team
2011 International V8 Supercars Championship 7th Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing
2012 International V8 Supercars Championship 4th Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing
2013 International V8 Supercars Championship 3rd Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing
2014 International V8 Supercars Championship 14th Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Erebus Motorsport
2015 International V8 Supercars Championship 15th Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Erebus Motorsport
2016 International V8 Supercars Championship 5th Holden VF Commodore Tekno Autosports
2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 15th Holden VF Commodore Tekno Autosports
2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 15th Ford FG X Falcon 23Red Racing

Complete Bathurst 1000 resultsEdit

Year Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
2004 Team Dynamik Holden Commodore VY   Dale Brede DNF 49
2005 Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon BA   Steven Johnson 19th 133
2006 Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon BA   Steven Johnson DNF 27
2007 Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon BF   Steven Johnson 3rd 161
2008 Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon BF   Steven Johnson 6th 161
2009 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VE   Garth Tander 1st 161
2010 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VE   David Reynolds DNF 152
2011 Ford Performance Racing Ford Falcon FG   Luke Youlden 18th 161
2012 Ford Performance Racing Ford Falcon FG   John McIntyre 24th 143
2013 Ford Performance Racing Ford Falcon FG   Steve Owen 7th 161
2014 Erebus Motorsport Mercedes-Benz E63 W212   Alex Davison 4th 161
2015 Erebus Motorsport Mercedes-Benz E63 W212   Alex Davison 12th 161
2016 Tekno Autosports Holden Commodore VF   Jonathon Webb 1st 161
2017 Tekno Autosports Holden Commodore VF   Jonathon Webb 14th 159
2018 23Red Racing Ford Falcon FG X   Alex Davison 19th 159
2019 23Red Racing Ford Mustang Mk.6   Alex Davison 10th 161

Complete A1 Grand Prix resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2005–06 A1 Team Australia GBR
SPR
GBR
FEA
GER
SPR
GER
FEA
POR
SPR

RET
POR
FEA

6
AUS
SPR

11
AUS
FEA

6
MYS
SPR

RET
MYS
FEA

11
UAE
SPR

21
UAE
FEA

10
RSA
SPR

9
RSA
FEA

RET
IDN
SPR
IDN
FEA
MEX
SPR
MEX
FEA
USA
SPR
USA
FEA
CHN
SPR
CHN
FEA
13th 51

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Minardi Misano test notes 2004-11-23". Motorsport.com. 29 November 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Result". Natsoft Race Results. Retrieved 2 September 2014.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c Greenhalgh, David; Howard, Graham; Wilson, Stewart (2011). The official history: Australian Touring Car Championship - 50 Years. St Leonards, New South Wales: Chevron Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-9805912-2-4.
  4. ^ Greenhalgh, David; Tuckey, Bill (2013). The official history of The Great Race Bathurst : 50 years. St Leonards, New South Wales: Chevron Publishing Group. ISBN 9780980591231.
  5. ^ Jackson, Ed (7 December 2009). "V8 Supercar driver Will Davison takes out the 2009 Barry Sheene Medal". foxsports. Australian Associated Press. Archived from the original on 21 June 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Davison confirms HRT departure". Australian Associated Press. abc.net.au. 25 November 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Will Davison joins Erebus Motorsport for 2014 V8 Supercars season". Fox Sports. foxsports.com.au. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Tekno announces multi year Davison deal". Speedcafe. 23 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Davison Joins Tekno". V8Supercars.com.au. 23 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  10. ^ Bartholomaeus, Stefan (3 April 2016). "Davison wins after late drama at Symmons". Speedcafe. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  11. ^ Bartholomaeus, Stefan (9 October 2016). "Davison/Webb win controversial Bathurst 1000". Speedcafe. Retrieved 10 October 2016.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Craig Lowndes
Jamie Whincup
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
2009
(with Garth Tander)
Succeeded by
Craig Lowndes
Mark Skaife
Preceded by
Craig Lowndes
Steven Richards
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
2016
(with Jonathon Webb)
Succeeded by
David Reynolds
Luke Youlden
Preceded by
Jamie Whincup
Winner of the Clipsal 500
2012
Succeeded by
Shane van Gisbergen
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jamie Whincup
Barry Sheene Medal
2009
Succeeded by
James Courtney