Will Davison says no to double points for winning the Bathurst 1000

AS a two-time winner of the Bathurst 1000, Will Davison knows firsthand how winning the iconic Mount Panorama endurance race can boost a drivers’ standing in the overall Supercars championship.

GREAT FEELING: Will Davison (left) celebrates winning the 2009 Bathurst 1000 with his Holden Racing Team team-mate Garth Tander.

GREAT FEELING: Will Davison (left) celebrates winning the 2009 Bathurst 1000 with his Holden Racing Team team-mate Garth Tander.

But while he has benefited from the points injection which came from Great Race glory in 2009 and 2016 - placing second and fifth respectively in the Supercars championship those years - he is not in favour of doubling the points on offer for the Bathurst 1000.

That is an idea posed by noted Australian motor sport journalist Aaron Noonan on his V8 Sleuth website.

He feels the Bathurst race - which currently offers 300 points to the victor - is worthy of a greater prize given its significance to the series.

“Bathurst is the most important race of the year, it already carries the prestige, media coverage and focus of the industry - I'd like to see the winners awarded more points to reflect this,” Noonan wrote.

“There's no doubt that winning the Bathurst 1000 and claiming the 300 points that come with it is far, far harder and more significant an achievement than a single driver win at Sydney Motorsport Park over 300 kilometres, which is the situation we find ourselves in this season.

“I like the fact there could be more riding on the biggest race of the year.”

However, Davison feels the points allocated to a Bathurst 1000 win should remain as it currently stands.

The man who currently sits 16th in the championship for 23 Red Racing feels standing on the Mount Panorama podium and raising the Peter Brock Trophy is enough of a reward.

“The ultimate prize far outweighs any points,” he tweeted.

“Points [are] just a necessity on the side. Leave it! So many variables in one day could effect a full years work.

“Be interested to see how it may of affected the past championships if it was?”

Winning the Bathurst 1000 and Supercars championship in the same year is something that just eight drivers have managed have managed to do: Mark Skaife (1992, 2001, 2002); Peter Brock (1978, 1980); Allan Moffat (1973, 1977); Dick Johnson (1981, 1989); Jamie Whincup (2008, 2012); Bob Jane (1963); Jim Richards (1991) and Craig Lowndes (1996).

Most recently when Whincup pulled off the feat, the 300 points he earned from winning the Bathurst 1000 alongside Paul Dumbrell were enough to lift him into the championship lead.

He had been ranked third after Sandown, but left Mount Panorama as the series leader and went on to finish the season 339 points clear of Craig Lowndes.