DAVISON SET FOR 'HOME RACE' AT BATHURST Jet-setting Australian race driver Alex Davison will contest his home race for 2008 this weekend, the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. Davison, who resides in Germany racing Porsches in ...
DAVISON SET FOR 'HOME RACE' AT BATHURST
Jet-setting Australian race driver Alex Davison will contest his home race for 2008 this weekend, the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
Davison, who resides in Germany racing Porsches in international sportscar competition, will line-up alongside Fabian Coulthard for Glenfords Racing in the V8 Supercar endurance classic.
"I've been pumped about Bathurst for weeks," Davison, who touched down in Australia from Europe on Tuesday morning, said.
"It's the biggest race of the year in Australia and the one we all grow up watching and dreaming of winning.
"Having raced overseas all year, I'm looking forward to racing at home as well; it's been about a year since my last race here."
On Sunday, Australia will become the eighth country Davison has raced in this year and Mount Panorama the 13th circuit he has raced on.
Davison's primary campaign in 2008 was the European Le Mans Series, in which he finished second in the GT2 class with Marc Lieb.
Among his other drives, he tackled the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Sebring 12 Hour, and won on debut in the FIA GT Championship in France last weekend.
While he has raced at some of the world's most-revered circuits, including Le Mans and Spa Francorchamps, Bathurst remains close to Davison's heart.
"The entire year has been fantastic, I've enjoyed doing a lot of racing in different parts of the world and we've had some great results," Davison said.
"I've been fortunate to race at some of the best circuits in the world, but Bathurst remains my favourite.
"For a driver, every circuit has its good and bad points, but Bathurst is on another level, you enjoy every lap you do around the place."
Davison will enter the weekend with plenty of endurance racing experience under his belt.
In addition to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and a pair of 12 Hour races, Davison has already contested five 1000km races this year.
"Over half of my races this year have been 1000 kilometres or longer, which has come in handy for my Bathurst preparation," he said.
"I've spent plenty of time behind the wheel doing long stints, driver changes and experiencing all of the other variables endurance races throw up, so it will almost be second nature to me on Sunday."
While he missed the Phillip Island 500 due to a clash with the final round of the European Le Mans Series and has only tested the Glenfords Falcon once this year, Davison feels he and Coulthard could surprise this weekend.
From four Bathurst 1000 starts, Davison has recorded three Top 10 finishes.
"We've got a really solid package, it's the best V8 Supercar I've ever driven," he said.
"The team has done a great job this year as a single-car team; they've taken a big step forward.
"Not driving the cars all the time, it will take a little while to get into the groove, but I felt comfortable quite quickly when I tested the car.
"It's a long race and anything can happen, but I think we've got the right ingredients to have a good weekend."
Early next week, Davison will return to Europe to contest the final round of the Italian GT Championship on 19 October, his third race meeting in three countries in as many weeks.
The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 kicked off with practice today ahead of Sunday's iconic race, the weekend marking 50 years since Davison's grandfather Lex won the Australian Grand Prix at Bathurst.
Davison was third-fastest in the opening practice session, with the Glenfords Racing Falcon ending the day 16th fastest.