Will Davison reunited with former British F3 car at team BRM Test! MALLALA, (Thursday, 17th February, 2005.) During the first half of the ultra competitive British Formula 3 championship in 2004, Australian Will Davison drove a Menu Motorsport...
Will Davison reunited with former British F3 car at team BRM Test!
MALLALA, (Thursday, 17th February, 2005.) During the first half of the ultra competitive British Formula 3 championship in 2004, Australian Will Davison drove a Menu Motorsport Dallara F304 Speiss Opel to many strong results that eventually lead to the 22-year-old Australian being granted a test with the Minardi Formula 1 team.
Today at Mallala raceway, 50 kilometres north of Adelaide and tens of thousands of kilometres from his last F3 race, Davison was reunited with the car at team BRM's opening test session for the 2005 racing season -- the only major difference being, aside from the slightly better weather, that the car is now in the hands of young Victorian Michael Trimble for an attack on the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 crown.
The ironic thing is, this isn't the first time Trimble has driven an ex Will Davison car -- He made his 2003 Formula Ford Debut in the same Sonic Racing car that Davison clinched the Australian Championship in before heading overseas.
"I don't know what it is," said Trimble "But I always seem to end up in Will's old cars. It's a fantastic thing to drive, and I can't wait to get on the track this season in Formula 3 racing."
Davison said he had fond memories of his time racing in the cutthroat UK scene, and of the car he drove.
"Racing over there may have seemed tough at the time, but when I look back on it I realise it was such a fantastic experience," he said.
"We achieved some pretty good results with this (now Trimble's) car at Menu Motorsport. I have to admit that it's kind of weird seeing it here at Mallala raceway, when half way through last year I was racing it in British F3!"
And despite stepping into Touring Cars for at least the next two years, Davison said that he still feels he has a chance to succeed in open wheel racing.
"I am very happy to be with Team Dynamik in the V8 Supercar series -- it's really a great opportunity for me to race with a good team in a tough championship. But I have some great links overseas, and open wheel racing is my, like many other drivers, passion, so of course I'd love to get back into one at some stage."
The international connection is still strong with Trimble's car though -- former British open wheel team owner Marcus Koch will engineer the Melbournian throughout the 2005-racing season.
And one thing is for certain: both will be attempting to re create the pace the car had with Will Davison behind the wheel in that 2004 British F3 season.