Problem solved and Davison back on track. Aussie F3 star ready for Snetterton Australian international racer Will Davison is aiming at showing his speedy pre-season testing form in rounds three and four of the British Formula 3 Championship at...
Problem solved and Davison back on track.
Aussie F3 star ready for Snetterton
Australian international racer Will Davison is aiming at showing his speedy pre-season testing form in rounds three and four of the British Formula 3 Championship at Snetterton this weekend.
Major car problems that severely slowed the Alan Docking Racing driver in the first two rounds at Donington a fortnight ago have been sorted by the team, after a problem was discovered with the ride height settings of his Dallara/Mugen-Honda.
Having finished ninth and 12th from 15th and 19th grid positions respectively at Donington, Davison was unable to get within 1.5s of the time that had placed him second quickest in the official test at the same circuit only a matter of weeks earlier.
The weekend prompted team chief Alan Docking to take full responsibility for the car's problems after something had gone amiss in the car's rebuild process after testing. Closer inspection revealed that the reference point from where the team were measuring the car's front ride height had been compacted, the suspected result of Davison having an 'off' during testing at Rockingham on March 11.
This hadn't been picked up by the team and had been progressively deteriorating with constant pounding over kerbing at subsequent tests. This resulted in the front ride height being inadvertently made lower and lower as the front floor from where the ride height measurement was taken was being compacted up and affected the height and rake of the car, two very sensitive areas in Formula 3 cars.
However, Davison was back to his usual form at a two-day test at Pembrey (a circuit he had never driven on before) in Wales last week, where he was second overall in each day's testing and fastest in both afternoon sessions, proving that he is certainly a major contender this weekend and ready to bounce back.
With the problem solved, the Buckinghamshire-based Victorian is confident that he is back on track and ready for a strong result this weekend, especially after being joined this week in England by his Australian trainer Anthony Klarica, who has been instrumental in Davison's physical fitness and mental preparation.
"We'll be bouncing back for sure," said the grandson of four-time Australian Grand Prix winner, the late Lex Davison.
"We're really fired up after the disappointment of the first round. The Pembrey test was great, where we were back up to speed with all of the cars that were quick at Donington, including Carlin Motorsport, whose cars won both races.
"The team have worked very hard and have stripped the car down at the workshop and are bolting in a fresh engine. ADR won there last year, so that's another encouraging sign."
Davison will have a three-hour practice session at Snetterton on Good Friday, before qualifying is held for the two rounds on Saturday and racing on Easter Sunday.
"I'm not setting any expectations, just going to have fun and focus and am very determined to get the season back on track."