V8 Supercar hero started in go-karts
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
ANY young go-kart racer in Gladstone could do worse for a role model than Team Dynamik V8 supercar driver Will Davison.
Davison is one of several V8 supercar drivers, including Garth Tander, Steve Ellery, Garth Walden and Paul Weel who will race karts at the Gladstone Kart Club next Saturday to help raise funds for the APN Tsunami Appeal.
The 22-year-old Davison was born with racing in his blood as the grandson of four-time Australian Grand Prix winner Lex Davison and the son of former Formula 2 champion Richard Davison.
As a result, he was quick to take up kart racing at the earliest opportunity, a move which has ultimately led him to signing a two-year deal with Adelaide-based Team Dynamik and, last year, enjoy the thrill of test driving for the Mindardi Formula One team.
'As a young kid you don't know much about racing other than what you see on TV but kart racing teaches you the wheel-to-wheel racing and the skill which tune you up to be a race driver,' Davison said yesterday.
Davison said racing was a difficult career in which to plan ahead and he often did not know what the next step would be. Instead he said he concentrated on performing well in every class he contested and let the results decide his fate.
'I've always given 110 per cent in whatever I do. It's hard to look ahead in this game and since 2000, when I started racing Formula Ford, it has been like a blur.
'I learned a massive amount about racing and about myself in Europe but then jumped at the chance to compete in Australia's premier car racing by signing for two years with Dynamik and hope to carve out a career in Australia.'
The former national Formula Ford champion made his V8 supercar debut last year with Team Dynamik after returning from Europe where he had competed in British Formula Renault and Formula 3 competition with considerable success.
Davison, who described test driving a Minardi as an 'incredible experience'' and who harbours a burning desire to eventually line up on the grid in an F1 Grand Prix, was looking forward to next Saturday's event.
'We'll be racing for sheep stations,' Davison laughed.
'We'll put on a show. We're all competitive buggers but it's all in good fun and it's for a very good cause.'