02 Mar 2018
Adelaide500.com.au caught up with the newest team on the block ahead of Saturday's big race, with former winner Will Davison spearheading the Milwaukee Racing outfit in 2018.
By Matthew Agius
IT’S a weekend of learning for Milwaukee Racing, but driver Will Davison is feeling positive about a fresh start with a new team.
Undoubtedly, Davison’s early form – three top 10 results across practice and qualifying – would be encouraging for the team, which only came into being after the 2018 season with the emergence of ‘23Red Racing’.
Davison brings a diverse resume and a respected racing pedigree into the last garage in pitlane.
With stints at the factory Ford and Holden teams, established stables like Dick Johnson Racing, and most recently Erebus and Tekno, Davison has enjoyed a swathe of strong performances, including two Bathurst victories, two top-three championship finishes and a former winner at the Adelaide 500.
For the 35-year-old Melburnian, it's simply the chance to stay in pitlane that has him excited about the year ahead, and bullish about the Milwaukee Falcon’s prospects.
“The journey is still going, I love the sport, I’ve got a lot I want to do and give,” Davison told Adelaide500.com.au.
“I’ve got a lot of experience having been with the biggest teams and now to be with a small team, I feel I can give a lot.
“You need a lot of things to come together to have a successful team, but the chemistry is here – I’ve got a good feeling about what we can do here.”
While Friday speed will be encouraging for the team, Davison admits there will be plenty of work to come for the fledgling outfit.
Born from Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport with Munday buying a 60% share in the team, the switch from Holdens to an ex-Tickford FGX Falcon, presents a new challenge.
But Davison is at least familiar with the car, having driven for Tickford back in 2013.
“We’re going to do a lot of learning this weekend, but fortunately we’ve got a proven quantity – a car that’s straight from Prodrive, same spec as them, and we’ve got a technical alliance with them as well,” Davison said.
“So we’re not flying completely solo, even though we’re a single-car team, we’ve got assistance from a team that I’m very familiar with, with a car that’s reasonably similar to when I drove in 2013 in my last year with that team.”
Keeping an open mind heading into the Adelaide 500, Davison expects his focus to be on gelling with the new team, but he’s also hopeful of a positive result.
“The goal set [this weekend] is to work efficiently, minimise mistakes, enjoy ourselves and run through the motions,” Davison said.
“The first race weekend with this crew, with this structure, so you don’t want it to be full of mistakes.
“It’s a weekend of firsts, so there’s not fast forwarding, shortcutting.
“Having said that, a lot of us have got experience so anything’s possible this weekend."
Davison has qualified seventh fastest for Saturday's top 10 shootout, which will get underway at 11:55am.
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