Alexander Davison (born 3 November 1979) in Melbourne, Australia, is an Australian racing driver. He won the 2004 Australian Carrera Cup Championship. As part of the Davison motorsport family, he is the older brother of Will Davison, grandson of Lex Davison and cousin of James Davison. He is currently racing in the Supercars Championship, driving the No. 17 Ford Mustang GT for Dick Johnson Racing.

Junior career

Starting in karts at a young age, he progressed to Formula Ford in 1998 racing a used 1995 Van Diemen RF95.[1] With sponsorship from Wynn's and OAMPS Insurance, Davison upgraded to a year old Van Diemen RF98 for 1999[2] and finished third in one of the most competitive Australian Formula Ford seasons behind champion Greg Ritter. He had tied on points with Steve Owen in second, but on a countback of race wins, lost second place to Owen, who had five wins to Davison's four.[3] After two years of Formula Ford, Davison's eyes turned to Europe.

Sports cars

Manthey Racing

Unable to break into an open-wheel series, Davison found a role with German Sports Car team Manthey Racing. After initially racing Porsche Carrera Cup in the German national series, Davison was promoted to the Porsche Supercup, a pan-European series supporting several legs of the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship and finished sixth, including one victory at Indianapolis. Two more years with Manthey in the German series saw no significant improvement and Davison returned home to Australia during 2003.

Return to Australia

Back in Australia, Davison made some appearances in the 2003 Australian Carrera Cup Championship. After breaking through for a round win at the end of 2003, Davison dominated the 2004 Australian Carrera Cup Championship, taking his first and only major championship title to date. Despite having competed in selected V8 Supercars events in 2004 and 2005, Davison was unable to find a full-time role in V8 Supercars, and returned to the Australian Carrera Cup in 2006, joining Paul Cruickshank Racing. He took the seat of outgoing champion Fabian Coulthard and finished second to Craig Baird in the 2006 season. Into 2007, Davison took over the seat Jim Richards vacated from his own team, as Richards concentrated on other series. Davison again finished runner-up this time to David Reynolds.

Le Mans Series

In 2008, an opportunity to return to Europe beckoned and Davison took up a drive with Team Felbermayr-Proton in the 2008 Le Mans Series season. Despite not winning a single race, Davison and co-driver Marc Lieb finished runner-up in the GT2 class in their Porsche 997 GT3-RSR behind Ferrari F430 GT2 driver Rob Bell. With the same team, Davison also contested the 2008 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, driving with and Wolf Henzler. They finished fifth in class. Some guest drives in the American Le Mans Series also cropped up, though to no significant success.

Carrera Cup comebacks

In 2012, Davison drove the Simjen 'Silver Bullet' in a return to Australian Carrera Cup. Davison won the first round of the season at the Adelaide Street Circuit before eventually finishing third in the championship.

In 2016, Davison once again entered the Australian Carrera Cup Championship full-time, winning two of the first four rounds at Albert Park and Hidden Valley Raceway.[4]

Touring cars

Perkins Motorsport

Davison's Carrera Cup form led to him join the Perkins Motorsport V8 Supercars team for the 2004 endurance races, sharing Tony Longhurst's regular season car with Jamie Whincup. The pair finished a creditable 9th at the 2004 running of the Bathurst 1000.[5] Davison later replaced Longhurst for the final two sprint events of the year when the veteran left the team. This in turn led to a full-time seat with Perkins in 2005 but with results not forthcoming Davison too found himself replaced before season's end.[6]

Stone Brothers Racing

Having returned from his European racing exploits, Davison returned to a full-time V8 Supercar seat with Stone Brothers Racing in 2009.[7] The year was largely disappointing, and he finished the year 17th in the standings, with the highlight being a second-place finish at Hidden Valley thanks to a favourable soft tyre strategy. 2010 saw Davison fail to improve, with a ninth-place finish in the opening race of the season at the Clipsal 500 becoming one of only three top ten finishes for the year. He did, however, achieve his maiden pole position on his return to Hidden Valley, but a potential podium finish was scuppered by an electrical failure. Davison improved to finish 11th in the 2011 season, including his second career podium at the opening race of the year at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.[6] Despite his better season, Davison was replaced by Lee Holdsworth for 2012.[citation needed]

Team 18

After spending 2012 in Carrera Cup, Davison was recalled to V8 Supercars in 2013 to drive for Team 18, a newly formed satellite team operating with Ford Performance Racing equipment.[8] Davison had an above average season, finishing 13th overall, peaking with a third place at the Phillip Island event.[citation needed]

Endurance co-driver

Davison has competed in V8 Supercars as an endurance co-driver on several occasions. In 2006, 2007 and 2012 he raced with Dick Johnson Racing while in 2008 he raced for Paul Cruickshank Racing. On all four occasions, he achieved top ten results at the Bathurst 1000.[5] In 2014 and 2015, Davison entered the endurance races, now combined to form the Enduro Cup, with Erebus Motorsport, who ironically had bought out his former team Stone Brothers Racing.[9] This provided Davison with the opportunity to co-drive with his brother Will Davison and included a 4th-place finish at the 2014 Bathurst 1000. Davison also entered the final sprint round of the 2015 season, the Sydney 500, for Erebus Motorsport as a replacement for Ashley Walsh.[10]

  • 2020*

After James Courtney’s departure from Team Sydney, Alex was drafted in by Jonathon Webb to drive the #19 Local Legends Holden ZB Commodore from the Eastern Creek Round onwards. He would partner Chris Pither (#22) As of 28 November, it is unknown if Davison will remain in his drive for 2021

Personal life

Davison is the son of Australian Formula 2 champion Richard Davison, grandson of four times Australian Grand Prix winner Lex Davison and brother to Will Davison. His uncle Jon Davison, and cousins James Davison and Charlie Davison also are linked with the sport. He has 2 children Luke Davison and Lily Davison and has been married to Melanie Davison since 2010.

Career results

The Ford FG Falcon of Alex Davison at the 2010 Clipsal 500 Adelaide
The Ford FG Falcon of Alex Davison at the 2011 Clipsal 500 Adelaide
Davison contested the 2012 Australian Carrera Cup Championship in this Roma Caravans entry
Season Series Position Car Team
1995 Victorian Junior Kart Championship 1st Richard Davison
1998 Australian Formula Ford Championship 7th Van Diemen RF95 Ford Richard Davison
1999 Australian Formula Ford Championship 3rd Van Diemen RF98 Ford Richard Davison
2000 Porsche Carrera Cup Germany 11th Porsche 996 GT3 Cup Manthey Racing
2001 Porsche Carrera Cup Germany 6th Porsche 996 GT3 Cup Manthey Racing
2002 Porsche Supercup 6th Porsche 996 GT3 Cup Manthey Racing
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany 8th
2003 Porsche Carrera Cup Germany 5th Porsche 996 GT3 Cup Manthey Racing
2004 Australian Carrera Cup Championship 1st Porsche 996 GT3 Cup Greg Murphy Racing
Konica Minolta V8 Supercar Series 36th Holden VX Commodore Perkins Engineering
V8 Supercar Championship Series 38th
2005 V8 Supercar Championship Series 33rd Holden VY Commodore Perkins Engineering
2006 Australian Carrera Cup Championship 2nd Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Paul Cruickshank Racing
V8 Supercar Championship Series 42nd Ford BA Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
2007 Australian Carrera Cup Championship 2nd Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Jim Richards Racing
V8 Supercar Championship Series 36th Ford BF Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
2008 Le Mans Series GT2 Class 2nd Porsche 997 GT3 RSR Team Felbermayr-Proton
American Le Mans Series GT2 Class 26th Porsche 997 GT3 RSR Flying Lizard Motorsports
Farnbacher-Loles Motorsport
2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series 17th Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series 21st Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
2011 International V8 Supercars Championship 11th Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
2012 Australian Carrera Cup Championship 3rd Porsche 997 GT3 Cup McElrea Racing
V8SuperTourer Championship 50th Ford FG Falcon International Motorsport
International V8 Supercars Championship 42nd Dick Johnson Racing
2013 V8SuperTourers Championship 18th Ford FG Falcon MPC Motorsport
International V8 Supercars Championship 13th Charlie Schwerkolt Racing
2014 International V8 Supercars Championship 37th Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Erebus Motorsport
2015 International V8 Supercars Championship 37th Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Erebus Motorsport
2016 Australian Carrera Cup Championship 2nd Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Buik Motorsport
2017 Supercars Championship 49th Holden VF Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport
2018 Supercars Championship 40th Ford FG X Falcon 23Red Racing
European Le Mans Series - LMGTE 7th Porsche 911 RSR Gulf Racing UK
2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMGTE 17th Porsche 911 RSR Gulf Racing UK
2019 Supercars Championship 32nd Ford Mustang GT 23Red Racing
2020 Supercars Championship 23rd Holden ZB Commodore Team Sydney

Bathurst 1000 results

Year Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
2004 Perkins Engineering Holden Commodore VX Australia Jamie Whincup 9th 160
2005 Perkins Engineering Holden Commodore VZ Denmark Allan Simonsen 20th 129
2006 Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon BA Australia Grant Denyer 9th 161
2007 Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon BF Australia Andrew Thompson 8th 161
2008 Paul Cruickshank Racing Ford Falcon BF New Zealand Fabian Coulthard 10th 161
2009 Stone Brothers Racing Ford Falcon FG Australia Shane van Gisbergen 13th 161
2010 Stone Brothers Racing Ford Falcon FG Australia David Brabham 13th 161
2011 Stone Brothers Racing Ford Falcon FG Australia David Brabham 16th 161
2012 Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon FG Australia James Moffat 10th 161
2013 Charlie Schwerkolt Racing Ford Falcon FG Australia John McIntyre 13th 161
2014 Erebus Motorsport Mercedes-Benz E63 W212 Australia Will Davison 4th 161
2015 Erebus Motorsport Mercedes-Benz E63 W212 Australia Will Davison 12th 161
2017 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden Commodore VF Australia Alex Rullo 15th 159
2018 23Red Racing Ford Falcon FG X Australia Will Davison 19th 159
2019 23Red Racing Ford Mustang Mk.6 Australia Will Davison 10th 161
2020 Team Sydney Holden Commodore ZB Australia Jonathon Webb 12th 161

Porsche Supercup results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
HP Racing Team ITA1 ESP AUT MON GER1
5
GBR GER2 NC 0
Carlin HUN
5
BEL ITA2 USA1 USA2
2002 Manthey Racing ITA1
19
ESP
DNS
AUT
Ret
MON
9
GER1
Ret
GBR
4
GER2
7
HUN
2
BEL
6
ITA2
2
USA1
1
USA2
3
6th 117
2003 Walter Lechner Racing ITA1 ESP
6
AUT MON GER1 GBR GER2 HUN BEL ITA2 USA1 USA2 NC 0

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2008 Germany Team Felbermayr-Proton Austria Horst Felbermayr
Germany Wolf Henzler
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR GT2 309 27th 5th
2018 United Kingdom Gulf Racing United Kingdom Mike Wainwright
United Kingdom Ben Barker
Porsche 911 RSR GTE
Am
283 40th 10th

European Le Mans Series results

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rank PTS
2018 Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE LEC
Ret
MNZ
5
7th 10

FIA World Endurance Championship results

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2018–19 Gulf Racing UK LMGTE Am Porsche 911 RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 SPA
7
LMS
10
SIL
6
FUJ SHA SEB SPA LMS 17th 26

* Season still in progress.

References

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  5. ^ a b Greenhalgh, David; Tuckey, Bill (2013). The official history of The Great Race Bathurst : 50 years. St Leonards, New South Wales: Chevron Publishing Group. ISBN 9780980591231.
  6. ^ a b Greenhalgh, David; Howard, Graham; Wilson, Stewart (2011). The official history: Australian Touring Car Championship - 50 Years. St Leonards, New South Wales: Chevron Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-9805912-2-4.
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  8. ^ "Another Davison Joins the FPR Fold". V8 Supercars Australia. 10 December 2012. Archived from the original on 11 December 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Davison/Davison confirmed for Pirtek Enduro Cup". Speedcafe. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
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