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Aussie Formula 3 ace aims at getting season back on track AFTER one of the most difficult weekends of his racing career at Castle Combe, Australian Formula 3 ace Will Davison has high hopes for an improvement in results in rounds 13 and 14 of the...

Aussie Formula 3 ace aims at getting season back on track AFTER one of the most difficult weekends of his racing career at Castle Combe, Australian Formula 3 ace Will Davison has high hopes for an improvement in results in rounds 13 and 14 of the British Formula 3 Championship at Oulton Park this wekeend.

The 20-year-old from Melbourne, who has already won a race in the highly-competitive series in his rookie season, tested last week at Snetterton as his Alan Docking Racing team work to improve.

"I haven't done anything too different in my preparation for this weekend," said Davison this week from his Buckinghamshire base in England.

"We're just staying relaxed and go into the weekend with an open mind and make sure we work hard. That's all we can do. We can't get any worse than the last round, that's for sure!

"I'm feeling positive. Certainly, we're looking for a major turn-around in results, but I raced Formula Renault at Oulton Park on the shorter version of the circuit, and there's no doubt it's a cracking circuit. "Oulton Park has heaps of very fast corners so it's a real driver's track. Plenty of the corners have a minimum speed of 100 mph (160 km/h) and are really fast. There's a few chicanes and some fast, flat, flowing corners, where getting a good set-up is important.

"There's a sweeping double right hander that's taken at nearly 130mph (190 km/h) so it's quite a buzz when you get it right. Those quick corners are the ones that are very rewarding for a driver when you get them right.

"In the test at Snetterton we tried around with a lot of different things, so the times weren't reflective of our true speed. We were quick in the morning session but small changes in the weather and the like effect the performance of F3 cars really easily. We'll see where we're situated in the test sessions on Friday before qualifying on Saturday and the races on Sunday."

Davison is the third-highest rookie in this year's British Formula 3 Championship, winning round five of the series at Croft in Yorkshire in May.

He recently spent time home in Australia to launch a brand new investment program, where investors can buy a 'slice' of Davison's future earnings and assist him in his quest to reach the pinnacle of world motorsport - Formula 1.

During the trip home, Davison also announced an arrangement where Australian cricket legend Shane Warne will act as a mentor to the 2001 Australian Formula Ford Champion as he climbs the ladder of professional sport.

Qualifying at Oulton Park will be held on Saturday (Saturday evening Australian time), with two races held on Sunday.

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Series BF3
Drivers Alan Docking , Will Davison