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Snetterton: Will Davison race report

Davison Mounts Fightback at Snetterton Late funding gets Aussie to race but forced to part with Menu Motorsport After finding last minute funds to allow him to race in the weekend's latest rounds of the British Formula 3 Championship at ...

Davison Mounts Fightback at Snetterton

Late funding gets Aussie to race but forced to part with Menu Motorsport

After finding last minute funds to allow him to race in the weekend's latest rounds of the British Formula 3 Championship at Snetterton, Will Davison has been forced to part company with Menu Motorsport and sit on the sidelines.

"It was a pretty ordinary sort of weekend in terms of results," said Davison.

"We all tried our best, but simply could not find the ultimate pace. I went down a different setup path to my team-mate which did not work out for me in qualifying, and he outpaced me for the first time all year.

"I went back to base setup for the race and managed to outpace him. I had to try something as I knew that we had to find some time from somewhere.

"It's all over unfortunately with Menu. I told them we're out before I left the circuit because financially there's no way we can continue. I don't know what I'll do now but I'll certainly be missing the next few F3 races at the very least.

"It's been an up and down year but certainly not for a lack of trying from both myself and the team. I'd love to stay here in England and prove I can regularly finish on the podium. If not, then I'll weigh up all of my options and see what develops from there.

"I'm frustrated it did not work out better. I really like the whole Menu team and they certainly tried hard to make the situation better. I've worked very hard on myself and become a much better driver.

"I'll continue working as hard as I ever have and if another opportunity arises over here, I can guarantee I'll be ready to win again. I've won at this level before and I know I can do it again."

A difficult weekend was the order of the day for the 21-year-old from Melbourne, who drove the wheels off his Dallara/Opel to pass plenty of cars from a lowly qualifying position in two of the races.

The Snetterton weekend featured three races rather than the regular two, with the postponed Silverstone race (put off due to bad weather) also added to the schedule.

With grid positions determined by the qualifying session held at Silverstone, Davison started Saturday's first race in eighth spot and made his customary flying start to rocket up to fifth.

But a clash with Carlin Motorsport driver Clivio Piccione damaged his car and spun him back to the rear of the field. Davison drove back through to a creditable 13th by race's end.

The Australian was again in charging form in the second race, showing true grit to carve his way into the championship points and finish eighth from well outside the top 10.

"I drove as hard as I could in that race. We had pretty good race pace and caught up to my team-mate Fairuz (Fauzy) as well as the pack in front of me. We had the fourth fastest lap of the race."

Another low qualifying position was forced upon Davison for the third race after two punctures in qualifying that meant he couldn't record a completely representative time.

"We really struggled for pace in qualifying," added Davison.

"It's as simple as that and we just could not get the time out of the car. It really left us all scratching our heads."

In the final race Davison again charged and worked his way up to eighth, but was bumped back to 10th after contact with Lucas di Grassi's HiTech car.

"I overtook heaps of cars but it's so hard to come through the field when the cars are so close. I'm happy with the results considering the problems we had over the course of the weekend."

Davison will remain in England in the immediate future to weigh up his options, but admits that returning to Australia is a possibility.

"We'll work through our options over the next few days and see where we end up. There's been some interest from V8 Supercar teams back home in Australia so that's nice to know that my efforts are being noticed but I really want to stay overseas."

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Series BF3
Drivers Will Davison , Clivio Piccione , Lucas di Grassi
Teams Carlin