Davidson targets victory in Bahrain

Anthony Davidson
Anthony Davidson

Brackley’s Anthony Davidson will take a giant step closer to winning the 2014 World Endurance Championship (WEC) with a strong showing in this weekend’s penultimate round in Bahrain.

Davidson will share a Toyota TS-040-Hybrid in this weekend’s 6 Hours of Bahrain with Sebastien Buemi.

The duo hold a 20-point lead at the top of the standings over the Audi Sport trio of Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler.

Speaking this week, Davidson said: “The whole aim for this week is to score another strong result. Points mean prizes and including this weekend there are still two point-scoring races remaining in the 2014 season.

“You can’t take anything for granted in this type of racing so we have to approach the weekend with an open mind.

“Everyone at Toyota is determined to score championship success. We may have missed out on victory at Le Mans in June, but in all other races we seem to have been very competitive against Audi and Porsche. We all feel things are looking quite good for the championship.”

Former Buckingham University student, Marc Gene, is working towards extending his time in the FIA World Endurance Championship for the 2015 season.

Winner of the Le Mans 24-Hour Race in 2009 for Peugeot, Gene has one of the best records at the La Sarthe track of the current crop of Le Mans Prototype drivers. He finished runner-up this year with Audi after he was a late replacement to the squad as he replaced Loic Duval, who was injured during pre-race testing.

Meanwhile, Thornborough’s Danny Watts will race a McLaren MP4-12C GT3 car around the streets of Macau this weekend when he participates in the GT Challenge event at the famous Macau Grand Prix meeting.

Watts has not been seen on-track much this season, but he returns this weekend to compete in one of the most important GT races of the season. The 34-year-old has been recruited by the United Autosports team to drive one of their McLaren cars.

Watts said: “I love racing at Macau. It’s the best track in the world and I really enjoy the challenge it offers. I look forward to racing here every year and I’m hoping I can do a great job for the team.”

Spike Goddard and Nick Cassidy will drive for Brackley’s ThreeBond by T-Sport in the Macau Grand Prix event for Formula 3 cars.

Joining Goddard and Cassidy on the grid will be Esteban Ocon, the 2014 FIA European champion, driving for the SJM Theodore Racing with Prema Power team and Max Verstappen.

Verstappen will race for the Van Amersfoort racing team with Macau his final drive before joining the Bicester-based Toro Rosso team for the 2015 FIA F1 World Championship.

Elsewhere, Jordan Albert kick-started his BRDC F4 Winter Championship campaign at Snetterton last weekend, driving for the Sean Walkinshaw Racing SWR Caterham F1 Driver Development team.

The former Formula Ford 1600 racer, who lives in Silverstone, has been driving in the MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR) organised BRDC F4 Championship this season, and is one of the regular series competitors to elect to compete in the eight-round Winter Series.

The 2014 BRDC F4 Winter Championship is spread across two race meetings at Snetterton and Brands Hatch, and the 18-year-old has made a strong start to his challenge in the winter campaign. Two podium finishes from the opening four rounds at the Snetterton track has placed the youngster in a strong championship position, with four rounds remaining at Brands Hatch next weekend.

Will Palmer, brother of 2014 GP2 Series champion, Jolyon, leads by 12 points over Gaetano Di Mauro.