Next stop: Croft. Davison aims for strong result in British F3 rounds five and six. Australian Formula 3 racer Will Davison heads to Croft this weekend for the fifth and sixth rounds of the British Formula 3 Championship keen to put a tough ...
Next stop: Croft.
Davison aims for strong result in British F3 rounds five and six.
Australian Formula 3 racer Will Davison heads to Croft this weekend for the fifth and sixth rounds of the British Formula 3 Championship keen to put a tough opening four rounds behind him.
The 20-year-old is fresh from a day's testing at the Pembrey circuit in Wales last Friday, where his Alan Docking Racing team focused on solving a problem that has afflicted it in qualifying for the opening rounds - extracting maximum pace out of brand new tyres.
"The test went well but it was wet pretty much all day and then it dried out at the end," said Davison.
"There was only ADR and the Hi-Tech team there and the weather meant that we didn't really get done what we wanted. There's a few more things we will try at the test at Croft on Friday.
"We're definitely looking better for this weekend and things should be back to the way they have been.
"We haven't been in the 'window' in qualifying. It's such a small 'window' in terms of fine-tuning the car that it's amazing how spot-on everything has to be.
"It's been a struggle so far in the qualifying sessions, but at Pembrey we were quick. That's how it felt when I was quick at the tests at Donington and Croft, so that's a positive feeling to take into the weekend.
"We're looking for a huge turn-around, rather than a slight improvement. When we get it right, we should be back to where we were in the pre-season, and that's in the top four or thereabouts."
Davison scored a podium finish at Croft last season, finishing third for Motaworld in the British Formula Renault Championship round. The layout is one that he enjoys.
"Croft's one of my favourite circuits. The car was well hooked-up there in the tests and as long as we get it into that 'window' in qualifying, we can be up the front.
"There's some good medium to fast corners there. I've got it well pictured in my mind of how to get around there and it flows pretty well. Most of it is reasonably quick.
"The circuit finishes with two second-gear hairpins, but besides that, it's third and fourth gear the whole lap. It's all about carrying your speed through the corners."
Despite having a tough two weekends in the first four rounds at Donington and Snetterton, the Australian remains resolute that his 2003 campaign can turn around.
"It's easy to get down after the first two weekends but you've got to be strong at times like this and turn it into a positive. It's only made me more determined to do a good job."
Davison will have three 40-minute sessions and a 30-minute session on Friday to test at Croft before qualifying on Saturday and racing on Sunday.
Following the round, Davison will head to Brands Hatch on Monday, though not with his driving gear. He'll play the role of spectator at the CART Champ Car round at Brands Hatch, which also features the British Touring Car Championship and Formula Renault, the open-wheeler class in which he finished fourth in last year's championship.
"I've never seen Champ Cars live, not even on the Gold Coast, so I'm really looking forward to having a quiet day checking out the CART machines and catching up with some faces in the Formula Renault paddock."