Commentator Riana Crehan and Will Davison celebrate their finish at Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast.
Commentator Riana Crehan and Will Davison celebrate their finish at Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast. Twitter

Will Davison's enduring race finish ahead of Sandown

FROM one endurance event to another, Supercars driver Will Davison has turned his attention to the Sandown 500 after completing Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast on Sunday.

Davison and wife Riana Crehan, who is a television motorsport commentator, both completed their first half-iron distances races, which encompassed a 1.9km swim, 90km ride and a 21.1km run.

"Epic experience, challenging but so rewarding,” Davison said after the finish.

He completed the course in 5:01:34, which saw him finish 56th in the men's 35-39 age group after a 29min 57sec swim, 2hr 36min ride and a 1hr 48min half marathon.

Getting to the finish was a monumental challenge for Crehan. Struggling with bursitis, a tear in her right hip which led to a dodgy knee, it was a long journey after getting off the bike.

"21km is so effing long when you can't run,” she said on Twitter.

"Tears, lots of swearing and plenty of conversations with myself.”

Crehan finished the swim in 33min 56sec, she took 2hr 55min for the ride and battled for 2hr 34min during the run which saw her cross the line in 6hr 13min.

She was 49th in the women's 30-34 division, and 1093rd from more than 1600 individual competitors.

Both will now turn their attention to an epic weekend of motor racing at Sandown.

Another practice session will be staged today before qualifying. In the afternoon a pair of single-driver sprint races will be contested over 20 laps.

The result of the qualifying session sets the grid for the co-driver sprint race, which in turn sets the starting order for the primary driver heat.

The finishing order of the primary driver encounter sets the grid for Sunday's 161-lap 500km race. There will be full television coverage of the race from noon today, and from 11.15am on Sunday.

The Sandown 500 is known as a 'Retro Round', with a view to bringing back the look and feel of the touring car eras of the '60s, '70s and '80s.


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