Davison scores solid points at Knockhill
A pair of fifth positions cement Aussie in top 10 pointscore
A pair of fifth-place finishes in rounds seven and eight of the British Formula 3 Championship at Knockhill in Scotland has consolidated Australian Will Davison as one of the top rookies in the open-wheeler series.
Davison, 20, started his Alan Docking Racing Dallara/Mugen-Honda from ninth place in each race, and moved up four positions by the end of each event.
The Melbourne-born racer, who now lives in Buckinghamshire in England, now sits equal seventh in the championship following the Knockhill round on 37 points. He is the third-highest British F3 rookie in the championship.
"It was a pretty good result, I can't complain too much," said Davison.
"Considering where we started on the grid, it worked out well, allowing us to get some solid championship points. The car was really good in the races, but in both of them I got held up and couldn't make any more forward progress. That's frustrating, but the cars are all so equal that it's very hard to pass and the track is quite short."
Davison passed a handful of cars in the opening laps of both races, though became stuck behind Ronnie Bremer in race one and championship leader Alan van der Merwe in race two, which forced the Aussie to settle for fifth place in each race.
"In both races the car was pretty good but I just got held up by those two guys in each race and that was all I could do. We were definitely in the top two of three cars in terms of outright car speed, but qualifying at the back half of the top 10 makes it harder to show that on the results sheet.
"Keeping out of trouble and picking up some more championship points was as good as I could have hoped for. I got heaps of wheelspin off the start of each race, but the car was strong under brakes and I could do a lot of overtaking at the tight hairpin, which is the last corner at Knockhill.
"The weather was miserable all weekend, only five degrees Celsius, but, amazingly, it didn't rain for the whole weekend."
Davison will next be in action on May 24-25 in rounds nine and ten of the British F3 Championship, which will be held at his 'home' circuit at Silverstone.
The venue of the British Grand Prix, Silverstone is only 10 minutes away from Davison's home and is where his car is prepared at the Alan Docking Racing workshop, which is situated at the circuit.
"I think we'll be strong at Silverstone. We're racing on the full Grand Prix circuit rather than the national circuit which I raced on last year in the Formula Renault, so the only downside is that I've never raced on the GP layout.
"But I feel the GP circuit will suit me. And because it's only 10 minutes away from home, I get to sleep in my own bed for the weekend!"
Davison has already won a race in this year's British F3 Championship, taking a dominant victory in round five at Croft in Yorkshire a week ago. He follows in the footsteps of countrymen Mark Webber and James Courtney to win in the highly-competitive series.