WITH one leg of two complete, Gold Coast racer Shae Davies believes he is ready to take the challenge of competing in two of Australia’s biggest racing championships this year.
Davies finished 10th overall in his Dunlop V8 Supercars Series debut at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide last week, finishing 10th in each of the two races in his no. 90 Davbridge Constructions Ford Falcon prepared by Matt Stone Racing.
Next week he will return to the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Championship as he embarks on dual campaigns in both categories this year – the Australian Grand Prix event to be leg two of March’s ‘Davies Double’.
Davies will contest the entire Dunlop V8 Supercar Series and five of the eight scheduled Carrera Cup rounds in a bumper season that will require him to adapt from car to car each weekend.
The first two weekends are likely to be the toughest however the 24-year-old says he is up to the task.
“It’s a very exciting thing to be able to do both categories this year and I think it will help me become a better driver overall,” Davies said.
“The best drivers in the world all have the ability to jump from one car to something completely different and be competitive straight away. It’s a skill that team owners look for and I think by combining V8 Supercar and Porsche Carrera Cup this year I’ll be able to build that skill set."
“Both cars are very different to drive and different in the ways they achieve their speed – but in the end they both have four wheels, an engine and a steering wheel and the key is to unlock how to get speed out of both of them.”
Davies is embarking on his debut season in the Dunlop series this year, however isn’t without experience in the 1.3-tonne, 600hp V8s - he won the 2013 V8 Touring Car title driving a BA Falcon and says the DVS car is an evolution of what he is already experienced in.
“It’s a step forward, no doubt, but the driving style is the same,” he explained.
“It’s about understanding what this car needs from me to get a lap time, understanding the Dunlop tyre and working with the team to learn throughout the year. To finish 10th in both races at Clipsal, and have run higher than that in the first race, was a positive start.”
By comparison, Davies charged to fourth outright in last year’s Carrera Cup championship and outscored everyone in the field during the second half of the season.
He says jumping back into the lighter, less powerful but just-as-fast Porsche will be like coming home.
“I’ve raced in Carrera Cup for two seasons now so I’m very familiar with the cars. In the second half of last season we were the fastest out there and finished the season really well so I’m looking forward to heading to Albert Park to pick up where we left off last year.
“The aim is to win as many races as we can in the Porsche this year and compete at the front of what is a very strong field.”
The ‘Davies Double’ this year is part of a plan the Queenslander has in place to work his way towards an endurance drive in this year’s Pirtek Endurance Cup – the trio of V8 Supercar endurance races at Sandown, Bathurst and the Gold Coast.
“It’s no secret that is the goal,” he said.
“A majority of the key co-drivers for the enduros come out of the Dunlop series and Carrera Cup. That’s where the competition is. I’m not afraid to get into both series and show that I am capable, consistent and fast enough for a V8 Supercar team to get me on board for the enduros this September and October. That is the goal for 2015.”
Check out www.shaedavies.com.au for more information about Shae’s 2015 racing campaign.
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