ALEX DAVISON WINS MALAYSIAN 12 HOUR Australian Alex Davison won last weekend's Merdeka Millenium Endurance race in Malaysia Davison will race with Glenfords Racing in this year's V8 Supercar Bathurst 1000 Alex Davison took the first win of...
ALEX DAVISON WINS MALAYSIAN 12 HOUR
Australian Alex Davison won last weekend's Merdeka Millenium Endurance race in Malaysia
Davison will race with Glenfords Racing in this year's V8 Supercar Bathurst 1000
Alex Davison took the first win of his 2008 international sportscar campaign on Saturday, 30 August, winning the Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race in Malaysia, before returning to Australia for his first V8 Supercar test of the year.
Driving with Team Porsche Club Singapore Racing, Davison and team-mates Darryl O'Young and Weng Sun Mok won the 12 Hour race at Sepang International Circuit, home of the Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix.
"I had a lot of fun and winning the race is a great feeling," Davison said.
"Winning was our aim coming here, so I'm happy for the team and pleased to be able to help them achieve that.
"It's their big race for the year and they put in a really big effort."
Davison set the fastest time in qualifying aboard the team's Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, helping secure pole position.
The 2004 Australian Carrera Cup Champion, currently residing in Germany and racing in the European Le Mans Series, quickly built a 10-second lead in the opening laps.
Traffic was factor in the field of over 70 cars, with faster cars having to constantly negotiate lapped entries.
Despite a fuel pickup problem which meant the team had to make double their scheduled number of pitstops, the Team Porsche Singapore Club Racing entry remained a force throughout the race, eventually winning by four laps.
"In the early laps, we pulled out a good lead, but then we started finding traffic and it stabilised for the rest of the opening stint," he said.
"Traffic was a big factor all day, there was a 30-second speed differential with some of the other cars.
"There was someone to lap on pretty much every corner of every lap.
"We had a problem with the fuel pickup which meant we had to pit for fuel every 30 minutes, rather than about every 70 minutes.
"We weren't sure how that would work out, but we were able to keep running at a strong pace and it all came together in the end."
After the race, Davison returned to Australia for his first V8 Supercar test of the year with Glenfords Racing yesterday, Monday.
The Queensland Raceway hitout was Davison's first drive of the team's ex-Triple Eight Falcon which he will share with Fabian Coulthard in October's Bathurst 1000.
"I'm pleased with how the test went," Davison, who has scored Top 10 results at Bathurst in the last two years, said.
"From the outset, I felt comfortable in the car and by the end of the day my laptimes were comparable with Fabian's.
"It's a great package and Fabian and the team have been doing a good job this year, I'm looking forward to going to Bathurst."
Davison will return to Europe later this week ahead of the final round of the European Le Mans Series at Silverstone, England, on 12-14 September.
Driving for Team Felbermayr-Proton, Davison and team-mate Marc Lieb sit second in the GT2 class standings, just three points shy of the lead entering the 1000km race.