Australian driver Alex Davison has secured second in class in his debut European Le Mans Series campaign, following the final round at Silverstone, England, last weekend. Driving with Team Felbermayr-Proton, Davison and team-mate Marc...
Australian driver Alex Davison has secured second in class in his debut European Le Mans Series campaign, following the final round at Silverstone, England, last weekend.
Driving with Team Felbermayr-Proton, Davison and team-mate Marc Lieb headed to the season finale sitting second in the GT2 standings, three points behind Rob Bell's Ferrari F430.
After qualifying fourth, the pair were running second and within reach of Bell and co-driver Jamie Melo before an untimely Safety Car period saw them go a lap down on the Ferrari.
Davison and Lieb continued to push through the remainder of the 1000km race, taking their Porsche 911 GT3 RSR to second place.
"It was a similar outcome to the other races," Davison said.
"Our pace was good and we were hanging in there with the Ferrari, but a Safety Car came out between ourselves and the leader and we lost a lap on them.
"It's just the way endurance racing goes sometimes, it's frustrating but there's nothing you can do about it.
"If not for the Safety Car it would have been close.
"The Ferrari was a little bit quicker as they run development tyres compared to our customer tyres, but they needed an extra fuel stop which would have put us in a good position."
The result was Davison and Lieb's fourth second-place GT2 finish in the five-round series and wraps up second for the championship behind Bell.
"Overall, it's been a good season, I've enjoyed racing in the series and working with Team Felbermayr," he said.
"It would have been good to take the fight right up to the Ferrari, but there wasn't anything more the team, Marc or I could have done with the tyre situation.
"We finished second in four of the five rounds, and were in the box seat to win at Monza before we had a suspension problem, so we're happy with how we've performed."
Davison's next race will be Round Eight of the FIA GT Championship at Nogaro in France on 3-5 October.
In his debut in the sportscar championship, the Australian will line-up alongside Richard Westbrook in Prospeed Competition's Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the GT2 class.
"Emmanuel Collard will be racing at Petit Le Mans in America, so I've been asked to fill in and drive with Richard," Davison said.
"The car is more or less the same as what I've been driving all year, and Prospeed has recorded some strong results so far this season, I'm looking forward to it."
The following weekend, 9-12 October, he will return to Australia to contest the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar race with Glenfords Racing.