Continuing our mini series of V8SC season highlights (you can find part two here), our third highlight of the season is Will Davison's shock victory for Erebus Motorsport at the UEBT Perth SuperSprint back in May. We're rolling the clock back a long way on this one, but Davison's drive from seventh on the grid, and his pass on Lowndes to deny the Triple Eight driver his 100th V8SC victory will live long in the memories of Erebus and Davison himself. With Davison on his way to replace SVG at Tekno Autosports in 2016, and Erebus considering a switch away from Mercedes race nine of the 2015 season could well be the last Mercedes victory in V8SC for some time.
Following on from Tasmania, where an aggrieved Davison lost out on a late podium to Courtney, Erebus showed strong pace all weekend at Barbagallo and Davison held his nerve in the final few laps to cross the line five seconds ahead of Lowndes, who would go on to claim his 100th race victory at the Skycity Triple Crown a few weeks later. 2015 represented an otherwise lean year for Erebus, who have largely failed to build on their debut season with the Mercedes package back in 2013. With team boss Klimenko seriously considering whether they can take the Mercedes package any further, the relative lack off success the Mercedes squad have had since their purchase of Stone Brothers Racing at the start of 2013 highlights the competitiveness of the modern V8SC midfield.
Davison and Erebus suffered a miserable end to their campaign after a series of relatively strong results over the middle part of the season culminating in a triple points scoring finish at the Ipswich SuperSprint for the number nine Mercedes, whilst counterpart Alex Walsh endured a comparably miserable 2015 with just the solitary top ten finish to his name way back at the Clipsal 500 in March.
Davison thrilled the Barbagallo crowd by chasing down Lowndes in the final laps at Perth
Difficulties aside, as Davison moves back to Holden for next season, the arrival of David Reynolds brings another high quality driver to Erebus, and as demonstrated this season, given the right machinery Reynolds can be a major player in the championship lottery. Now, we’re not suggesting that Erebus are going to take V8SC by storm next season, however if, as rumored they make a switch to Holden or Ford over the winter, the combination of a competitive driver and a strong package could well bring many more strong points scoring finishes, and even podiums in 2016.
With just two V8SC wins to their name to date, Davison’s win at Perth will forever be part of the history of Erebus Motorsport in V8SC, and his victory is more than worthy of a place in any fan’s list of season highlights.
Stay tuned for our fourth and final season highlight tomorrow afternoon!
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