Ford Performance Racing's (FPR) Will Davison believes he will be a contender for the 2012 V8 Supercars title, looking to an early maiden win with the team to mount his first step in the challenge.
Davison stated his intentions as the wraps were taken off the livery that he will run on his #6 Tradingpost FPR Ford challenger.
The former Bathurst winner, who finished seventh in last year's championship says that having the same team-mate and the same chassis and engineer (Grant McPherson) he enjoyed such a return to form with in the latter part of last season, gives him confidence heading into the new season.
“I have never been more optimistic heading into a race season as I genuinely believe in our ability to be contenders from the first race of the year,” Davison said.
“We worked very hard last year to improve our ability to have a car that is strong no matter what tyres we use or what sort of circuit we race on. I plan to put all that effort into winning races. Once we get our first I have a feeling we can keep the ball rolling.
“I always enjoy pulling the covers off a new car at the start of the season and the new livery looks great. The car really stands out. It looks cool.”
FPR Team Principal Tim Edwards believes the stability and continuity around Davison will help him thrive in the upcoming season.
“Will enjoyed a great first year with us and I know nobody was more annoyed than himself that he wasn't able to win a race,” Edwards said.
“He performs at his best when he has the support of everyone around him and after he established those relationships last year we saw his form get better and better.
“Once he records his first win I can honestly see him becoming a regular fixture at the head of the field.”
Davison and the Tradingpost FPR Falcon hit the track for the first time in the official pre-season test at the Sandown Raceway in Melbourne on 11 February.