Davison shows series leader fresh set of wheels

Ford’s Will Davison trumped local hero and series leader Scott McLaughlin to set the pace in the opening Supercars practice session at the Auckland Supersprint.

Kicking off the last round before the Supercars endurance season begins, Davison edged his 23Red Racing Mustang ahead of McLaughlin with a flying lap at the very end of the session at Pukekohe Raceway.

DJR Team Penske star McLaughlin came in second in changeable conditions as Holden trio Shane van Gisbergen, David Reynolds and Scott Pye rounded out the top five.

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Scott McLaughlin had to settle for second best in opening practice.Source:News Corp Australia

Garry Rogers Motorsport’s Richie Stanaway was a casualty of slick conditions early in the session when he skidded off the track and slammed the side of his Holden into the wall at the final turn.

Davison, who sits ninth in the championship standings, said the conditions has made driving testing early in the session.

“I just tried to be patient … we don’t have that many slicks today, so I didn’t want to take anything out of them in those greasy conditions,” Davison said.

“But I knew if it just stopped raining for a minute you had to be out there to try and get one lap.

“We timed it perfectly. We got that one flyer at the end there and I’m not going to read anything into it too much, but definitely the balance of the car felt good.”

Davison said resurfacing of the Pukekohe racetrack between turns one and four has been noticeable with improved grip.

Will Davison has set the pace in Auckland.Source:News Corp Australia

“The second lap, I could feel it was dry and you could feel it was quite a bit of grip there, so I leant on it reasonably hard then without being 100 per cent sure if it was still damp,” Davison said.

“Definitely a lot of grip through that phase, turn four you can feel the car hopping a little bit at turn four so that the lateral grip and the drive off was pretty cool, that was a lot of fun.”

There is a second Supercars practice session on Friday afternoon.

McLaughlin is aiming for a piece of Supercars history at Pukekohe this weekend, needing just one more win to eclipse Holden great Craig Lowndes’ record of 16 wins in a single season.

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