The Tekno Autosports Commodore will continue to be backed by Australian chocolate company Darrell Lea for the 2016 season.
Despite plenty of paddock chatter that Darrell Lea – owned and run by long-time motor racing man Tony Quinn – would walk after Shane van Gisbergen left the Tekno team, it was confirmed today that the brand will in fact stay put.
That means new recruit Will Davison will suit up in colours very similar to what the team ran in 2015.
“We’re very pleased to renew our association with Darrell Lea and the Quinn family,” said Tenno’s general manager Steve Hallam.
“It’s always a pleasure working with an organisation that is as passionate about motorsport as we are.
“A lot of our partners have elected to renew with us, which shows their confidence in what we can do.
“We’re really looking forward to getting started in 2016, particularly with Will Davison as our driver.
“Will’s pedigree is evident for all to see. He has a great racing history and it goes without saying he’s going to do well.”
No bold predictions
Despite having excellent customer equipment from Triple Eight, a well-oiled engineering, and a front-running driver in Davison, the team is steering clear of making bold predictions on the eve of the season-opener in Adelaide.
We want to win races. It’s that simple,” Hallam added.
“That’s why we go racing. But I never talk about championships.
“If you start to become outcome focused at this end of the year, you’re going to lose. You take it one race at a time. I don’t care whether it’s a cliché or not, it’s a fact.”
Davison echoed those sentiments, but did admit that he enjoyed his first outing in the Tekno Commodore at Queensland Raceway recently.
“It’s a really, really nice car to drive,” Davison said. “It gives you plenty of confidence.
“Obviously you always want more time in a new car. One day is never quite going to be enough for your first race but that’s just the way it goes, even so I settled in pretty quick.
“I’m just really excited to get more of a feel with the car and hopefully have a lot of success throughout this season.
“I’m not making any bold statements going into my first race, but anything is possible. I’ll be giving it 110 per cent.
“Priority number one is just a nice clean weekend and making sure we show some solid pace and string a couple of good races together, which would be a great result.”