Will Davison dominantly won round five of the British Formula Three Champsionship at Croft circuit with a lights-to-flag victory. The win was his first in the series and gave the Australian driver some much-needed confidence in this early part of the season.
"I just had to keep telling myself to relax," said Davison. "I've got more of an idea where I stand now for the second race and the rest of the season."
Davison had qualified on pole position by a mere 0.041 seconds after coming under late pressure from championship leader Alan van der Merwe during the session. Third on the grid was Rob Austin ahead of Michael Keohane and Ronnie Remer.
Davison held his lead at the start and was able to pull away but van der Merwe got away badly and lost a place to Austin. Van der Merwe tried to limit the damage by blocking Keohane but sent him onto the grass and out of the race. "I was pushed onto the grass on the outside on the way to the first corner" confirmed a disappointed Keohane.
Davison was able to pull out a two second lead on the first lap and he maintained this gap for the five laps. Austin, van der Merwe and Bremer all held station too, each separated from the other by about a second.
Davison then started to pull away and was the fastest driver on the circuit by around half a second on each of the next five laps, managing to pull out a four second lead by lap ten. The trio behind him slowly fell away and were unable to make any impression on each other.
This lead grew to five seconds by the chequered flag and Davison was able to take a comfortable win.