Will Davison and Riana Crehan hold Perth close to their hearts ahead of Supercars Championship’s WA return

Ben SmithThe West Australian
Will Davison and his wife and Supercars presenter Riana Crehan say Perth has a special place in their heart.
Camera IconWill Davison and his wife and Supercars presenter Riana Crehan say Perth has a special place in their heart. Credit: Andrew Ritchie/The West Australian

A lot has changed in the world since Supercars power couple Will Davison and Riana Crehan set foot in Western Australia for a race weekend.

Since the last Perth Supercars event in 2019, the long-time partners got married just a few months before the pandemic hit, triggering back-to-back seasons without a V8 race in Perth.

Given Supercars presenter Crehan’s Perth roots and Dick Johnson Racing driver Davison’s success out west, the pair are ecstatic to be heading back to Wanneroo Raceway this weekend.

Crehan grew up in Henley Brook, so the prospect of roaming the pitlane at her home track this weekend is an exciting one.

“Last time we were here with the Supercars was 2019 and I selfishly always love coming here for the V8s, because I get to see my family and friends and reminisce about growing up in Perth,” Crehan said.

Will Davison with his wife and Supercars presenter Riana Crehan at Scarborough Beach Andrew Ritchie
Camera IconWill Davison with his wife and Supercars presenter Riana Crehan at Scarborough Beach Andrew Ritchie Credit: Andrew Ritchie/The West Australian

“It’s been a couple of years since we’ve been here and we’ve got a night race this weekend, which is really exciting for us and our fans. I think it’s going to be a fantastic weekend.”

Davison may not have won a race since the 2016 Bathurst 1000, but he has three victories to his name in WA, including a double win in 2012.

After finishing fourth in last season’s championship and recording four second-place finishes to start the year, Davison said he was full of confidence ahead of his return to a track which held fond memories for him.

“You’re only as good as your last race and I’ve had difficulties here as well, but I do enjoy racing here,” he said.

“It’s a great circuit, there’s big undulation there. It’s a very short lap, one of the shorter circuits we go to all year, but it’s an exciting, technical track and always very close.

Will Davison with his wife and Supercars presenter Riana Crehan at Scarborough Beach Andrew Ritchie
Camera IconWill Davison with his wife and Supercars presenter Riana Crehan at Scarborough Beach Andrew Ritchie Credit: Andrew Ritchie/The West Australian

“I’ve had some great memories here, so I’m hoping to create a few more this weekend.”

Crehan is a seasoned professional, but said she had learnt to keep a lid on emotions when it came to watching her long-time partner on race day.

“It’s been probably 15 years that we’ve both been working in the Supercars and obviously I’ve always got one eye I focusing on what he’s doing,” she said.

“But for me, it’s a work weekend and I’m flat out chasing the rest of the cars up and down the pitlane and all the things that are happening.

“I’m nervous for him because I want him to be successful, but aside from that, it’s just part and parcel of the job.”

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