Kilometre king Davison
The Bathurst distance won’t worry a Melbourne exile one little bit, writes STEPHEN OTTLEY
NEXT month’s Bathurst 1000 will be the longest race most drivers in the field tackle this year. But it will be the sixth 1000km event of 2008 for Melbourne racer Alex Davison.
Davison has spent this year in Germany as a Porsche-backed gun for hire in European sportscar racing.
He has competed in some of the most famous races in the world including the Le Mans 24 Hour, Sebring 12 Hour and Malaysian 12 Hour and raced in the Le Mans Series and FIA GT Championship.
But Bathurst will be his most important this year as he tries to re-establish his V8 career.
‘‘I am happy overseas but by the same token if a good opportunity came up in V8 Supercars I’d look at it closely because I enjoy that type of racing,’’ Davison says.
Impressive performances in last year’s Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 almost earned him a fulltime drive this year, but he was unable to bring sponsorship money to secure a drive with Paul Cruickshank Racing.
The team was impressed enough to lock in Davison for this year’s Bathurst event, alongside regular driver Fabian Coulthard. His international commitments have restricted Davison to only one test day in the PCR Ford Falcon but he is confident he’ll have no trouble getting on the pace.
‘‘I would like to have had some more test days but I’m not expecting that to put us too far behind the eight ball,’’ he says. ‘‘I’m hoping for a top five finish.’’
He believes his international exploits will give him a small advantage on the regular V8 racers.
‘‘All this year I’ve been doing lots of longdistance races and I’ve done heaps of 1000km races,’’ he says.
‘‘It’s such a long race, it’s the longest race at home, but they fly by now like a sprint race to me. But any endurance race is like a sprint race now, anyway. You’re flat-out in the car the whole time.’’
Distance education: Alex Davison, home now to compete at Bathurst, shows his Porsche spice during the Le Mans 24 Hour race.