The V8 Supercars TOLL Holden Racing Team has confirmed that Will Davison won’t be staying on with the squad next season, with this weekend’s Telstra Sydney 500 season-ending event to be his last for the squad.
Davison – a successful pilot in open-wheel racing and a one-time Minardi test driver – joined HRT in 2009 after a previous stint with Dick Johnson Racing, and immediately impressed by finishing second overall in the Drivers’ Championship standings.
But 2010 has proven to be something of a disaster, with the 28-year-old currently lying a lowly 21st in the Drivers’ Championship standings and a best finish this season of fifth in Hamilton.
Far from sacking Davison, HRT actually confirmed it had offered a contract extension to Davison for 2011, but that it was Davison who had decided to move elsewhere.
The outfit will confirm the identity of Davison’s replacement in the next couple of weeks, although it is hotly tipped to be current series leader James Courtney, who will join the incumbent Garth Tander for 2011. Such a move will see Courtney join the squad that gave him his V8 Supercars debut in 2005.
Despite a contract having been signed between Courtney and Dick Johnson Racing for 2011, it is believed that an acrimonious rift has developed between the two parties and prompted Courtney to look elsewhere for employment.
Meanwhile, Davison is rumoured to be heading to Ford Performance Racing for 2011, to take over the seat set to be vacated by Steven Richards.
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