Will Davison is desperate to break his podium drought at the Beaurepaires Supercars Melbourne 400 after producing promising early season form.
The 36-year-old has not recorded a Supercars podium finish since the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, which he won alongside Jonathon Webb in 2016.
A total of 67 races without a top three result have followed, leaving Davison eager to break the drought in Melbourne.
And Davison has every reason to be optimistic, finishing fourth and fifth in the two races at the season-opening Superloop Adelaide 500.
Speaking ahead of Friday’s Race 1, which he will start from the second row of the grid after qualifying fourth fastest, Davison told the Supercars official website: “To be competitive again here after Adelaide is great – and you instantly become a bit disappointed with sixth or seventh.
“It takes a little while to get back to that mentality and psyche again. I used to have it – I would be shattered with podiums back in the day. I’m building back to that.
“We’ve got to be consistently there and thereabouts, grab some top fives and then start searching for podiums and wins.
“I think we’re getting closer – we’re getting a sniff of (a podium finish), so obviously soon I’m going to be disappointed if we’re not there.
“We’re still building towards it and getting close … hopefully soon we’ll be getting that long-awaited podium, which is obviously something we’re super, super keen for.
“It’s what it’s all about at the end of the day and I can’t wait to give Phil (Munday, team owner) that result.”
Milwaukee Racing’s Davison – a two-time Bathurst winner - added that despite the drought, he remained confident in his ability.
“You’ve just got to remind yourself not to lose faith in your ability,” he said.
“I’ve never lost confidence in myself – I just know now I’ve got the right environment and the right crew and everything around us as a team.
“I know I can do the job. I’ve proven that many years in this sport and I’m pretty motivated to get the runs on the board.”
Friday’s Race 1 follows two more qualifying sessions, for Race 3 and 4.
Supercars Championship leader Scott McLaughlin will start from pole position in Friday’s main race.