A reinvigorated Will Davison says he’s ready to end his Supercars win drought and bring back his “killer instinct” at The Bend SuperSprint this weekend.
Davison hasn’t won since clinching his second Bathurst 1000 title almost three years ago but the “born-again” Ford star believes he’s coming into his prime.
The 36-year-old earned his first podium of the season with a runner-up finish at the Ipswich SuperSprint last month and is feeling confident ahead of race 21 in South Australia on Saturday.
Tailem Bend marks Davison’s 200th championship round start. The 23Red Racing driver is eighth in the championship race and said he feels at his most competitive in years.
“I’m really enjoying my racing this season, certainly more than I have the past two or three. I feel reinvigorated and motivated to make sure I can get the absolute best out of myself,” Davison said.
“It’s my first time in four or five years now that I’ve been part of a top team. I’ve been there before and won lots of races and then I’ve gone the polar opposite and been in really small teams and tough situations.
“I’ve learned at both ends of the scale what it’s like to race in Supercars … but I’ve really missed the opportunity to be in a bigger team and I’m really thriving on it.
“I was very happy to be on the podium (in Ipswich) but you’ve got to go racing with a killer instinct and a winning instinct and I’m looking forward to getting that back.”
Davison remains confident his best racing is ahead of him and believes a maiden championship title is within reach before retirement.
“Even after the age of 40 there is still no reason why you can’t be at your prime,” Davison said.
“As long as you’re fit and motivated, that’s what it comes down to. Absolutely over the course of 400-odd races, 200 events, you have ups and downs where it can wear you down and you ride these emotions but you find ways constantly to pick yourself back up.
“I feel a little bit born-again at the moment and I’ve had some moments which all of a sudden give you that confidence back and you do feel like you’re driving as well ever.
“I feel like I’ve got a good opportunity now to get myself back in that championship battle.”
Davison was the first Ford across the line in race two at the inaugural Tailem Bend event last year but still finished 26 seconds off the pace in seventh.
He’s confident of catching the Holden and Nissan guns at the “challenging” track this weekend.
“It was like no other circuit we’d been to the way the cars were handling and some of the characteristics made it a real challenge,” Davison said.
“Our bar has been raised a lot higher this year and I’m confident we’ve made big inroads. We’re certainly ready for anything.”