V8 Supercars driver Will Davison from the Erebus Motorsport V8 at the practice run of the Castrol Townsville 500, Friday, July 4, 2014.
V8 Supercars driver Will Davison from the Erebus Motorsport V8 at the practice run of the Castrol Townsville 500, Friday, July 4, 2014. AAP Image - Edge Photographics, Mark Horsburgh

300-race veteran has will to win title

ON the eve of his 300th V8 Supercars race, Will Davison says he is just as excited as he was before making his debut in Adelaide a decade ago.

Now driving a Mercedes AMG E63 for Erebus Motorsport, the 32-year-old (pictured) said he hoped his best years were still ahead of him.

"I'm still in the moment and feel as motivated as the first day I did a V8 Supercar race at Clipsal," he said.

"I still feel like I've got another 300 in me. I'm certainly proud that I've come this far. I've achieved a fair few things I'm proud of but I've certainly got a lot of other things I want to tick off the list."

One of those things is winning a championship, his closest effort being a runner-up finish behind Jamie Whincup in 2009, when the six-time champ was at Ford.

While he also won Bathurst that year, Davison said his best chance to claim the title was actually in 2012 when he finished fourth.

"That year I had nine pole positions, eight race wins, 19 podiums - but I was fourth because a couple of the big races ... Bathurst, Sandown and one of the Gold Coast races we didn't score points. We just lost 500 points, and I was leading races at that time," he said.

Davison, who won in Adelaide in 2012 and will sport WD300 number plates at this weekend's 2015 season-opener in recognition of his milestone, says the key to success in the Clipsal 500 was "controlled aggression".

Three practice sessions and two qualifying races will be held today.



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