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Will Davison Silverstone race report

Solid Silverstone for Davison in British F3 More championship points for Australian in competitive series Rounds nine and ten of the British Formula 3 Championship have landed Australian racer Will Davison another solid point-scoring weekend, ...

Solid Silverstone for Davison in British F3
More championship points for Australian in competitive series

Rounds nine and ten of the British Formula 3 Championship have landed Australian racer Will Davison another solid point-scoring weekend, with the Alan Docking Racing driver taking fourth and seventh at Silverstone.

The 20-year-old from Melbourne was one of the stars in the first race, run on Sunday at the home of the British F1 Grand Prix. The former Australian Formula Ford Champion made a flying start and passed three cars before the first corner on his way to finishing fourth, despite problems that threatened to cripple his car.

Overcoming great adversity, Davison was forced to race with a dying battery that was sapping the speed out of his Dallara/Mugen-Honda. Nevertheless, he continued on and only just missed out on a podium position.

"The flat battery light was on throughout the race and it really distracted me," said Davison.

"It was getting flatter and flatter as the race went on. It was really slippery out there and very difficult to avoid making mistakes. We didn't get a really good balance on the car all weekend, which makes our results all the better, those things considered."

In the second race, run on Monday, Davison again picked up more solid points, finishing seventh after starting eighth on the grid. However, some over-defensive driving from one of Davison's former Formula Renault rivals, Danny Watts, damaged the Australian's front wing on the first lap.

"I got another really good start but Watts chopped me off on two occasions on the run down to the first corner and that broke both of the end plates on the front wing off. So that meant I had quite a lot of understeer in the fast corners, so there was nothing I could do at all but keep my head down and focus on finishing as strongly as possible."

Davison's Silverstone result moved him up one position in the championship, the Aussie now seventh in the championship and the third-highest rookie in the series.

The British Formula 3 Championship is one of the most competitive open-wheeler categories in the world, and has been the breeding ground for many stars in world motorsport. Formula 1 racers including Australian Mark Webber, Jenson Button and Juan Pablo Montoya are all graduates of the series, as is Brazilian Gil de Ferran, who won the Indianapolis 500 over the weekend.

Rounds 11 and 12 will be run at Castle Combe on June 21/22.

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