Davidson aims to extend championship lead

Anthony Davidson. Picture: James Beckett.
Anthony Davidson. Picture: James Beckett.

Brackley’s Anthony Davidson will contest this weekend’s 6-Hours of Spa-Francorchamps with the aim of extending his lead at the head of the World Endurance Championship standings before team’s arrive at Le Mans next month for the famous twice round the clock race.

The former Grand Prix driver will share a Toyota TS-040 Hybrid with Sebastien Buemi and Nicolas Lapierre.

He said this week: “Winning at Silverstone was a major boost to the team and a great way to start the season.Toyota had great pace in Britain and we hope we will again be able to show that at Spa, which is also a power circuit.

“Audi experienced problems at Silverstone and Porsche were making their race debut with the new 919-Hybrid, so I believe we can expect some strong opposition this weekend from both of them.

“Saying that, we are in a good position and will be doing everything we can to extend our championship lead ahead of Le Mans.”

The 6-Hours of Spa-Francorchamps is the second round of the 2014 championship and the penultimate event of the year in Europe. After Le Mans, the teams have a long break until August when racing moves to the United States and then then the Far East and Brazil.

Davidson added: “The early part of the season has a very heavy focus on Le Mans.

“The endurance classic is the race everyone wants to win and it is the most important race in the WEC calendar. A good showing from Toyota at Spa this weekend will give a huge confidence boost ahead of testing at Le Mans at the beginning of June.”