Kilo­me­tre king Dav­i­son

The Bathurst dis­tance won’t worry a Mel­bourne ex­ile one lit­tle bit, writes STEPHEN OTTLEY

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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.

Alex Dav­i­son

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