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Will Davison Croft race report

Aussie stars at Croft; takes first win on UK soil for round five. Aussie racing young gun Will Davison has stamped his authority as a genuine contender for the British Formula 3 Championship after he blitzed the field and took his first win in...

Aussie stars at Croft; takes first win on UK soil for round five.

Aussie racing young gun Will Davison has stamped his authority as a genuine contender for the British Formula 3 Championship after he blitzed the field and took his first win in the highly-competitive series at Croft overnight.

Starting from pole position in round five of the title, the 20-year-old simply blew his opposition off the track to score an easy five second victory, his first on UK soil.

Considering the toughness of the series, any win in the British F3 series shows a true sign of a driver's true potential to move to the pinnacle of the sport, Formula One.

Driving for expat Aussie team owner Alan Docking, Davison got the jump off the grid over fellow front-row starter Alan van der Merwe and simply drove away from the more experienced South African.

Despite his lead being reduced when he encountered lapped traffic, Davison remained calm and still took a dominant victory.

"It was really great," said Davison, fresh from the podium presentation.

"We did it in convincing fashion, the car was awesome and I got out in front and it all just flowed from there. It's such a great feeling. I've felt relaxed all weekend and the car was doing it easy.

"When you're winning it feels easy but when you're in 10th it feels so hard and I've experienced both of those emotions in the last few weeks. I'd rather stay with the winning feeling!"

In round six of the title (only a matter of hours after taking his first F3 win), Davison started alongside van der Merwe on the front row of the grid and was running in a strong second before unfortunate circumstances forced him to retire.

An earlier accident involving backmarkers had left debris on the circuit, which Davison clipped on a latter lap, damaging his Dallara/Mugen-Honda's suspension enough to force him to the pits and into retirement.

"I knew the start was important in the second race and I was really looking forward to the challenge of putting some pressure on van der Merwe, who got off the line in the lead. We had the pace on everyone else, but it wasn't meant to be.

"I hit a track marker cone that had been moved out onto the racing line by an incident back in the pack and I hit it at the start of the second lap, which broke the end plate on the front wing and damaged the suspension. I couldn't see it because I was right up behind van der Merwe's gearbox until it was too late.

"I hung out for another lap and was going to then pit anyway, but with less downforce at the front, I just went a bit wide and damaged the suspension more against the tyre wall in the turn two chicane.

"That's the way it goes, but we've proved that ADR is certainly a force this year and I feel very pleased with the weekend. A pole position and a win as well as the positive things to take away from race two are great motivation for the rest of the season."

After a difficult first four rounds where cars problems resulted in lowly qualifying performances, the 2001 Australian Formula Ford Champion proved his doubters wrong over the weekend, and at the same time also proved that his pre-season testing pace was no fluke.

The British series is one of the highest rating feeder categories for future Formula 1 stars. Jaguar's Aussie ace Mark Webber is among those to have graduated to Grand Prix racing having spent time in British F3, driving for Docking's team in 1997.

The next two rounds of the series will be held at Knockhill in Scotland this weekend.

-www.grandprix.com.au

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Series BF3
Drivers Mark Webber , Alan Docking , Will Davison , Alan van der Merwe