NEW Erebus Motorsport recruit Will Davison insists teammate Lee Holdsworth is a "ripper bloke" despite the pair's explosive history.
They stood toe to toe, shouting at each other and engaging in some push and shove, after a V8 Supercars race in Abu Dhabi in early 2011.
This year they will unite and pour their efforts into trying to help the AMG Mercedes-Benz team become a force to be reckoned with, after it finished bottom in its competition debut last season.
Back in February 2011, Holdsworth confronted Davison in the pit-lane and demanded an apology for a collision that ruined his race.
After not getting what he wanted, Holdsworth then fumed at Davison before almost pushing him to the ground.
In 2014 though, they will only be pushing each other to new heights, with the first race of the season-opening Clipsal 500 in Adelaide program scheduled for tomorrow.
"Lee's a ripper guy - he's extremely nice," Davison told APN.
"We laughed that incident off and got over it 12 hours later. That's motorsport and we all understand those kinds of things happen in racing.
"We've raced against each other for a good seven or eight years and we get along well."
Davison is also happy at his new surroundings following a contract dispute at Ford Performance Racing last year, being squeezed out of that team to join an outfit that is still developing.
"There are no hard feelings. I had to make the best decision for me," he said.
"I was at FPR for a few years so I'm getting a fresh start now and it's something I'm really excited about."
Davison, who won the Clipsal in 2012, admitted Erebus fans would need to be patient this year before the second-year team could challenge the first and second-placed duo overall from last season, Red Bull Racing's Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes.
Victory this season would see Whincup join the late Ian "Pete" Geoghegan as the only drivers to have won four consecutive Touring Car/V8 Supercars championships.
Whincup is also aiming to become the first driver to have won six titles.
Season 2014 will also see the return of Volvo to the championship for the first time since 1986 when Kiwi Robbie Francevic won the title in a Volvo 240 Turbo.
The Clipsal 500 will hot up today with practice and qualifying sessions, with races one and two scheduled for tomorrow.
The third race will be a 78-lap event on Sunday, to be preceded by qualifying and the top-10 shootout.
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