Round 10, Snetterton Saturday 8th July After two straight victories, Anthony Davidson (GB) hoped to make it a hat-trick of wins in the Formula Ford Zetec Championship in his BIC sponsored Haywood Racing Mygale. However, in the latest round at...
Round 10, Snetterton
Saturday 8th July
After two straight victories, Anthony Davidson (GB) hoped to make it a hat-trick of wins in the Formula Ford Zetec Championship in his BIC sponsored Haywood Racing Mygale. However, in the latest round at Snetterton on Saturday a broken driveshaft forced him out of the race and unable to add to his tally of championship points.
It was the culmination of a difficult weekend for the 21-year old. He slipped from fastest in wet qualifying to 6th on the grid when his last and best lap was ruined by traffic. Also, the night racing format of this event did not suit his Mygale, which performs better in hot conditions.
The lights turned to green at 7.50pm to start the race and Anthony immediately jumped to 4th place, taking Robert Bell and championship leader, James Courtney before the first corner. Entering the chicane at the end of the lap he passed Peter Gray to cross the line in 3rd place.
Despite his demon opening lap all was not well: "I had a great first lap but I was under no illusions. My car was not handling well and appeared to be lacking straight-line speed," Anthony said after the race.
He still managed to close in on championship rival Mark Taylor, who was chasing leader Robert Dahlgren. Even sitting in the tow of the car in front on the long Snetterton straights he was unable to get by. Page 2/Anthony Davidson
As the battle for 2nd place raged, James Courtney was able to close in on Anthony and eventually used his superior speed on the straights to cruise past. "As Courtney attacked Taylor I was able to close in. When Courtney passed him I eventually I got through into third place. With our performance I would have been happy to take that result."
But it was to be short lived. Taylor drove back past Anthony on the pit straight just one lap later. Then disaster struck as a driveshaft broke forcing Anthony into immediate retirement, out of the race and with no points from the event.
"It is very disappointing. I'm still 3rd in the championship but have lost ground to Courtney and Taylor. There are four meetings to go and still lots of points to be won. I am confident for the next race, at Donington Park. It is a drivers track and I think we'll go well," said a philosophical Davidson.