Davidson "hates" having double WEC points at Le Mans

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By: Jamie Klein
Jun 7, 2017, 12:12 PM

Toyota driver Anthony Davidson says he would scrap the awarding of double FIA World Endurance Championship points at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima
#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima
Podium LMP1: race winners Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, Toyota Gazoo Racing
#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima
#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima
#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima
Anthony Davidson, Toyota Gazoo Racing in parc ferme
#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima

Drivers are awarded 50 points for a Le Mans win instead of the usual 25 for the rest of the six-hour races that make up the WEC schedule, something which has had a major bearing on deciding the destiny of the title since the series’ inception.

On three out of five occasions since 2012, the winners of Le Mans have gone on to take the crown, while in 2015 – when Porsche’s third car not entered for the full season took the spoils at La Sarthe – the second-placed Porsche crew went on to seal the championship.

Davidson, who won the WEC title in 2014 despite failing to win Le Mans, believes winning the French endurance classic is reward enough in itself without the need to award more points.

“I’m not a fan of double points, and I hate the fact Le Mans is a double points race,” the ex-Super Aguri F1 driver told Motorsport.com. “The accolade and prestige of wining Le Mans is enough.

“I also don’t like the idea of one race being more important than all the others; we work just as hard for all the other races. If I had my way, I would get rid of double points.”

Calendar shake-up

WEC organisers are investigating the possibility of concluding the 2018 campaign with a race longer than the usual six hours, a proposition Davidson says he would be in favour of.

“I’m not against having a longer race,” added the Briton. “At the end of the day it’s endurance racing. I used to do the Sebring 12 Hours back in the day for Peugeot and these kinds of races are cool.

"It’s what sportscar racing is all about, racing into the night.”

Davidson added that he would prefer Silverstone, which has been the WEC curtain-raiser since 2013, to be held in the summer as part of a possible swap with the Circuit of the Americas round, which is currently held in September.

Said the 38-year-old: “The one thing I’d like to see change on the calendar is moving Austin to a time of year that’s cooler, it’s just a nightmare in those kind of conditions!

“If it was my choice, I’d swap those two [COTA and Silverstone] round. Kick off the year in Austin, when it’s cooler, and have Silverstone in August when the weather will be better and more fans will be there.”

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Author Jamie Klein
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