Australian Will Davison continues to fly the Southern Cross in the British Formula 3 Championship after another solid haul of championship points at Oulton Park on the weekend. The 20-year-old from Melbourne ended rounds 13 and 14 of ...
Australian Will Davison continues to fly the Southern Cross in the British Formula 3 Championship after another solid haul of championship points at Oulton Park on the weekend.
The 20-year-old from Melbourne ended rounds 13 and 14 of the tightly-contested championship with a fifth and eighth place result in the two races, improving on his qualifying position in each race.
Davison qualified eighth for race one in his Alan Docking Racing Dallara/Mugen-Honda, eight-tenths of a second off pole-sitter Nelson Piquet Jr, but only four-tenths behind the second quickest driver, Alan van der Merwe.
After passing three cars early in the first race, Davison quickly found himself up in fifth spot, but the Oulton Park layout isn't conducive to plenty of passing, and he spent the remainder of the race stuck behind Brit Jamie Green.
"It's so tight that when I caught Green I just couldn't pass him and it was the same, albeit with Danny Watts, in the second race," said Davison.
"We have never been to the track prior to this weekend in the F3 car and a lot of other teams have tested at Oulton Park since the start of the year, so we were well behind the eight ball in that regard.
"But all in all, it was a good weekend which landed me some more championship points and further experience. The car was quick in the races but once I got stuck behind Green and Watts in the races, I couldn't improve any further."
In the second race, Davison improved one spot over his starting position, racing home to an eighth place finish.
Critical in Davison's quest to return to the podium, the same one he visited victoriously at Croft in May, is an improvement in qualifying speed.
"We didn't quite have the pace of the front-runners, but the team did a good job all weekend. We learnt a lot out of the weekend.
"We need to try some things and go testing to improve on our qualifying performances. You can't win these races if you qualify at the back half of the top 10.
"On the weekend, from the Friday test to qualifying on Saturday, we made the car a lot better. In the second qualifying session we didn't quite get our strategy right in terms of the amount of fuel we had on board and some red flag periods changed it all around, so that left me with one flying lap at the end to do a time."
Such is the tightness of the championship, a solid score in the next rounds of the championship at Rockingham on August 3/4 could vault Davison from the bottom part of the top 10, all the way into fourth spot.
"There are still plenty of races to go and the spread of points between fourth and 10th in the championship is tighter than it's been before. We'll just keep heading to each race and chipping away at it."
Davison still sits as the third highest rookie in this year's British Formula 3 Championship.