TEKNO Autosports driver Will Davison is hopeful that he and his battered Holden VF Commodore will be able to race at next weekend’s WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint round of the Supercars Championship.
The 34-year-old suffered a mild concussion and fracture to a right sided transverse process – a small bony projection attached to a vertebra in his lower back – in a huge 12-car pile-up on the second lap of the first race at the previous Tasmania SuperSprint round.
The race was red-flagged and later declared a non-race, while four of the drivers’ cars involved in the accident took no further part in the weekend.
Replays from multiple cameras have shown that Davison – who started well down the field – was unable to avoid the accident after his right rear wheel was knocked off in earlier contact with Tim Blanchard’s Holden. With no rear brakes, the hapless Davison plowed into the side of Rick Kelly’s Nissan at unabated speed before being rear-ended by the Holden of an unsighted Taz Douglas.
The impact with Kelly, which measured 42G, saw the front of Davison’s #19 Holden completely caved in, prompting fears that the one-car team – which does not presently have a spare chassis – will be forced to write off the tub entirely.
Davison emerged from the wreck unaided but was visibly in distress moments after the accident. An ambulance was brought to the scene and he was taken to Launceston General Hospital for overnight observation and pain management before being released to his home in Queensland on Monday.
Writing in his regular column on Fox Sports’ website, Davison indicated he was hopeful of returning to action at Phillip Island, which hosts the Supercars Championship on April 21-23, if he and his car are up for it.
“I plan to be on the grid at Phillip Island in about 10 days’ time,” he wrote.
“Right now, we are awaiting the verdict on how repairable my Tekno Commodore is after the multi-car shunt in Saturday’s opening Supercars race at Symmons Plains.
“Hopefully it’s fixable and we don’t need to search out a replacement car … either way, sadly, the boys are not going to have much of an Easter. It’s going to be a scramble to get on the grid at Phillip Island.
“I’m still very sore, trying all I can do hopefully to be ready for next week. I won’t realistically know until early next week whether I’m fit enough to drive,” he added.
“Basically I have to rest for a few days, then move into a regimen of light training, nothing too strenuous. My body took a big hit and everything feels tender but again, this will subside over the next few days.”
Should Davison be too unfit to return to driving duties, the team would be expected to field its owner – and Davison’s Bathurst 1000 winning co-driver – Jonathon Webb, in his place.
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