David­son joins Adam for ti­tle at­tack

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“I’D LIKE TO THINK WE’RE START­ING WITH THE STRONG­EST 2019 PACK­AGE”

BRI­TISH GT

Bri­tish GT race win­ner Gra­ham David­son has tar­geted the 2019 ti­tle af­ter switch­ing to TF Sport along­side three-time cham­pion Jonny Adam, billing it as an “all-or-noth­ing year”.

The 2017 GT Cup cham­pion stepped up to the cat­e­gory with a Jet­stream Mo­tor­sport As­ton Martin Van­tage this year, and took a first win at Spa along­side Maxime Martin, but suf­fered bad luck and only fin­ished sev­enth in the points.

Af­ter mov­ing to part­ner de­fend­ing cham­pion Adam, who switches from Op­ti­mum Mo­tor­sport back to the team he won the 2016 ti­tle with, David­son is de­ter­mined to make the step to cham­pi­onship con­tender with

As­ton’s new Van­tage GT3.

“The aim is to do a lot of sim­u­la­tor work, a lot of test­ing and to get pole po­si­tions and win races – it’s an all-ornoth­ing year for me,” said David­son.

“I want to give my­self the best pos­si­ble chance – I don’t want to in­crease the bud­get a lit­tle bit to find out that we were run­ner-up, and if I had just put in a bit more test­ing or a bit more sim­u­la­tor time then we might have won.

“I don’t want to leave any­thing to chance, so I will em­ploy the ap­proach that Flick [Haigh, 2018 cham­pion with Adam] did this year and give it ev­ery­thing I can to give me the best chance.

“I’d like to think we’re start­ing on the front foot with the strong­est pack­age.

I’m ready for it, I just wish the sea­son could con­tinue on from the last one!”

David­son and Adam will pi­lot one of As­ton Martin’s lat­est, up-to-date GT3 cars next year. It will be raced in cus­tomer hands

for the first time at the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi next month by TF, along with fel­low Bri­tish GT out­fit Beechdean AMR and the Swiss R-mo­tor­sport squad that will field the As­ton Martin-badged DTM ef­fort next year.

Adam and Ah­mad Al Harthy will reprise the com­bi­na­tion that sealed the 2017 Blanc­pain En­durance Pro-am ti­tle at TF Sport, along with As­ton stal­wart Dar­ren Turner, while Beechdean AMR pa­tron An­drew Howard will share with ’16 BGT team-mate Ross Gunn, ’11 Amer­i­can Le Mans Series cham­pion Chris

Dyson and Emi­rati driver Hu­maid Al Masaood.

Team reg­u­lar Jake Den­nis will share the R-mo­tor­sport car with Marvin Kirch­hofer and an un­con­firmed third driver. The car de­buted at the Nur­bur­gring Nord­schleife in Oc­to­ber, with the en­try for Turner/martin tak­ing pole po­si­tion in VLN.

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