Aussie flies in races after lowly qualifying performance Australian international Will Davison has shown once again that he has the grit and character to make it at the very top of motor sport after another trying weekend in the latest two...
Aussie flies in races after lowly qualifying performance
Australian international Will Davison has shown once again that he has the grit and character to make it at the very top of motor sport after another trying weekend in the latest two rounds of the British Formula 3 Championship at Rockingham.
The Alan Docking Racing driver had to fight back from lowly qualifying performances after qualifying 17th for each race, but such was his speed and fight in the opening race that he simply charged through the field to finish an amazing ninth, passing seven cars on the first lap alone!
"I was so determined to fight my way through the field," said Davison.
"I just gave 110 percent, like I always do, and was absolutely focused. It was the craziest first lap I've had in my whole racing career! I got a good start and went from 17th to 10th in the first lap. I passed a few down the outside into the first chicane but got hung out a few corners later and lost a few spots. So I just got on with the job and passed them back."
Davison caught eighth-placed Billy Asaro and just missed out on taking another position, though his gain of eight spots was impressive, nevertheless.
In the second race, a heavy hit at the first chicane damaged Davison's Dallara, sending him into retirement having already charged his way up on the back of the top 10.
"The car didn't have the speed in the race but it was OK. The second race was going really well and I was up to 11th on the first lap but there were big dramas behind the Safety Car shortly after.
"Stefano Fabi's gearbox seized just as we were heading back to the start line for a restart and you can't pass under yellow flags, so we were stuck behind him and cars from the back of the pack came flying past.
"I was chasing hard after that and just hit the right kerb at the first chicane, which is a fast, 130mph (190 km/h) corner and landed really, really, hard. I took off and all I could see was sky! It landed with a massive crunch and ripped the wing off and that was that.
"Up until the Safety Car it was going really well. We could have been in the top 10 again but that's what happens when you start deep in the pack. The on-going lack of pace in qualifying sets weekends up to work out like this."
As a measure of Davison's dominance within the ADR team, he out-qualified his team-mate, the highly-rated American Scott Speed, by half a second for the first race and nearly a full second for the other. Speed is backed by energy drink company Red Bull and part of a multi-million dollar program to help place an American driver in Formula 1.
Davison heads to Holland this weekend to take part in the Marlboro Masters, a Formula 3 blue ribbon event held at the site of the former Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort, before returning to England a week later for the next British round at Thruxton.