Will Davison will race for the TEKNO Autosports team in next year’s V8 Supercars Championship season after negotiating an early release from his multi-year contract with Erebus Motorsport.
“In a mutual agreement between both parties, Davison will fulfil his existing contract to the team for the remainder of this year’s championship before moving on at the end of the year,” an Erebus Motorsport statement confirmed.
The 33-year-old is the latest mover in a very active ‘silly season’ period for the championship, with the news of his switch coming as something of a surprise given he was halfway through what was planned to be a multi-million-dollar four-year stint with Erebus Motorsport.
Instead, he departs for the single-car TEKNO Autosports team to take over the seat that will be left vacant by Shane van Gisbergen, who moves to an expanded three-car line-up with reigning champions Triple Eight Race Engineering.
Davison has garnered something of a reputation as a seat-swapper – TEKNO will be the fifth different outfit he will race for in nine years – having had stints with Dick Johnson Racing (2006-8), the Holden Racing Team (2009-10), Ford Performance Racing (2011-13) and Erebus Motorsport (2014-15).
His best championship result to-date was finishing as runner-up in the standings in 2009, winning that year’s Bathurst 1000.
Davison has cut a rather unhappy figure in the paddock for much of the season as his Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG continued to lack outright pace, although the year has featured a few highlights with the most notable being victory in the Feature Race at Barbagallo Raceway.
Shortly after the news of Davison’s exit was confirmed, TEKNO followed suit a few hours later to confirm his appointment for the 2016 season.
“We are delighted to have a driver of the calibre of Will Davison join us and we’re excited about the competitive potential of this new combination,” the team’s general manager, Steve Hallam, said in a brief statement.
Erebus Motorsport – which has been the subject of much speculation over its financial state – is understood to be aiming to continue as a two-car operation into 2016, with team owner Betty Klimenko said to be targeting a proven race-winner to spearhead its driving line-up next year.
One possible candidate for the seat is Bottle-O Racing driver David Reynolds, who is currently out-of-contract and unlikely to be re-signed by the Prodrive Racing stable.
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