Davidson wins in China to edge closer to world title

Anthony Davidson
Anthony Davidson

Brackley’s Anthony Davidson has taken a step nearer to winning the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship after scoring his fourth victory of the season in China on Sunday.

Sharing a Toyota T040-hybrid with Sebastien Buemi, Davidson showed his class during the 6 Hours of Shanghai race to take victory and move himself and Buemi 42 points clear at the top of the Drivers’ Standings ahead of Benoit Treluyer, Andre Lotterer and Tom Kristensen.

Davidson and Buemi enjoyed a distinct pace advantage throughout the race to finish clear of team-mates, Alexander Wurz, Stephane Sarrazin and Kazuki Nakajima.

Romian Dumas and Neel Jani were third for Porsche.

Afterwards, Davidson said: “The whole team did a great job. We played out the right strategy and made solid pit stops. Everyone kept calm and focused on getting the result.

“We showed we had the fastest car in Fuji during the Japanese race, and we have done that again here in Shanghai. Porsche had the edge in qualifying, but race pace is much different.

“We didn’t want to take too many risks, particularly in traffic, so really it was quite a quiet race for me. Seb did all the work at the start and all I did was keep the car going.

“To get a result like this at this stage of the season is excellent, and all we need to do is repeat this at the last two events of the season. That is the aim of the whole team.”