Davison shines with points finish at difficult Donington. Aussie overcomes car problems to finish in top 10. Australian racer Will Davison has scored valuable championship points with two gritty drives in his debut in the British Formula 3 ...
Davison shines with points finish at difficult Donington.
Aussie overcomes car problems to finish in top 10.
Australian racer Will Davison has scored valuable championship points with two gritty drives in his debut in the British Formula 3 Championship at a sunny Donington Park overnight.
After suffering in qualifying with a car which had been virtually undriveable and therefore having had to start from lowly grid positions (15th in race one and 19th in race two), Davison showed the speed that he has displayed frequently in pre-season testing, working his way through to ninth by the end of race one.
In race two, the 20-year-old Australian was in sparkling form, taking his Alan Docking Racing Dallara/Mugen-Honda from 19th on the grid to 11th place by the end of the 20-lap event, in a category where passing is very difficult.
Davison made what can only be described as a superb start, passing six cars off the grid and moved as high as 11th in the field before engaging in a tight tussle with American Richard Antinucci, the nephew of former Indy 500 winner Eddie Cheever. The Australian finished 11th at race's end.
"It was a very tough day which is not indicative of our true capabilities," said Davison.
"But we moved forward and made the car better after it was totally undriveable during qualifying.
"If I'd been that slow in testing then you'd understand what was happening, but we haven't changed the car since we tested there (Donington). Something weird has happened but we're not sure what.
"We salvaged some points but it was one of those rare, rare, weekends where things just don't turn out. I haven't had very many of them in my career so we'll put it behind us and focus on the next tests and races.
"It was so bad in qualifying that it got to the stage that Scott (Speed, Davison's highly-rated team-mate) and I thought there was something broken on the cars. It's a positive that, in equal cars, I was seven-tenths quicker than Scott all weekend and that's an important positive to take from the weekend.
"Certainly it was character-building but I just kept my head down and moved to ninth in the first race and in the second race I was 11th for most of the event. I got a great start and passed seven cars on the first lap.
"That put me in a train of cars with experienced F3 racers, and I was able to match them, which we knew we could do. If we had been further up the grid without the dramas of Saturday, we would have been around fifth or sixth on speed alone."
While it was a tough weekend for the former Australian Formula Ford Champion, Davison remains confident that the Donington weekend was merely 'one of those weekends' and he and the ADR team will be able to show their true speed at round two at Snetterton in two weeks time.
"We have a few days testing this week so we'll get stuck into working hard and putting ourselves back up the order where we rightfully belong."