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Motor Sport News - - Historics - WITH JOHN DAV­I­SON

He’s from a rac­ing fam­ily

“I grew up with my dad Barry driv­ing three-wheeled Mor­gans and rac­ing them. But I did a dif­fer­ent com­pet­i­tive sport and did clay pi­geon shoot­ing to world and Olympic level, so I had no time for rac­ing.”

He started rac­ing four years ago “I talked to my dad about do­ing some events with him, which we did at Don­ing­ton Park four years ago in his Lo­tus Elite. That was the first time I’d ever been in a car on a track, which was all a bit sur­pris­ing. We won our class and I got hooked from there, so we got the Lo­tus Elan 26R from Sean Walker.”

It has been a good sea­son

“It’s taken me a while to learn how to drive prop­erly and I’ve had some help along the way. I’ve done a num­ber of races with Ed Mor­ris and had some help from Eu­gene O’brien and I’ve steadily im­proved. In the first Guards Tro­phy race this sea­son we were sec­ond and in ev­ery other race we won our class. Then at Oul­ton I was com­fort­ably ahead and we had the oil pump fall off the en­gine and I spun on my own oil. At Sil­ver­stone last week­end we had ma­jor elec­tri­cal dra­mas.”

He’s got two Elans “I’ve got a Road Sports Elan as well, which we raced last year. That car won with Nick Adams many years ago and we’ve had a steady year with that. We’ve had some close races with Peter Shaw and Kevin Kivlochan, which is just a lot of fun. That’s why I do it.”

Dad will be back next sea­son “We’ll have a think about what was fun this year and we’ll prob­a­bly do that next year. My dad is go­ing to race the Road Sports Elan and we’re pre­par­ing an­other Road Sports car so we can both race at the same time, which will be pretty cool. My son, who is 11, is nor­mally at ev­ery race and he loves it as well so it is a fam­ily thing. I’m teach­ing my daugh­ter to shoot be­cause she wants to go the Olympics.”

Rac­ing is re­lax­ation “I have a busi­ness that takes up a lot of time, work­ing with com­pa­nies that get into trou­ble across Europe. We help them to turn around and it is quite stress­ful at times and in­volves a lot of travel, so rac­ing is a very nice way to re­lax.”

Dav­i­son has rac­ing fam­ily

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