Injured Davidson 'confident' of making Silverstone race
Peugeot Sport driver Anthony Davidson hopes to take his place on the grid for the Autosport Six Hours of Silverstone this weekend in spite of a run-in with a BMX bike that left him nursing a broken collarbone.
The former F1 driver faces a race against time in an effort to be fit for the endurance race which is the fourth event in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and comes hot on the heels of his victory at the last race at Imola in July. Peugeot currently lead the team standings in the series.
Autoblog caught up with Davidson at the Chelsea AutoLegends Show in London where he was mixing it with some old school sportscar machinery to ask him about the upcoming race.
Autoblog: Anthony, I understand that you've been recovering from a fairly nasty bike accident. How are you feeling, what's your recovery been like and are you going to make it in time for next weekend?
Anthony Davidson: I had a bit of a crash on my racer bike doing some innocent training over the summer break. A kid on a BMX bike, believe it or not, t-boned me at quite high speed.
He took me off the bike, breaking my collarbone, so it hasn't been the best summer for me.
Rehab is going well; I'm fully focused on being fit in time for Silverstone, that's the next big race. I'm fairly confident I'm going to make it, but you never know until you get into the car, so I can't be 100% sure.
The last race in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup was at Imola in July. The Peugeot 908 HDi finished a lap clear of the rival Audi R18s. Do you think you gave the Audis a bit of a trouncing and how do you think you'll do at Silverstone?
We did have on paper a dominant win; we got fastest lap, pole position and went on to win the race. We even lapped our rivals in the process. It was a perfect, perfect weekend and a one-two finish for Peugeot.
We were very happy with the job we did there, but in reality, it was a bit closer than what it looked like from the results. Our competition ran into trouble with their brakes and Imola is a heavy braking circuit.
For the first two stints of the race, it looked like it was going to be very closely fought throughout.Then, we started to edge away once we realised we could keep pushing the car 100% and Audi clearly couldn't. This was good on our side, but we understood that we had capitalised on Audi's technical weakness. But it's all part and parcel of endurance racing.
You finished the Le Mans 24 Hours race in fourth place. Peugeot were seen as all-dominant for the race, so how disappointed were you with the result and how do you feel about Peugeot leading the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup?
Leading the championship as we are doing at the moment, it's a very good thing obviously. Hopefully, we can be in the same position this time next year and it's great to be leading the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, as we won it last year.
Whether it can make up for the disappointment of not managing to win in Le Mans, I don't know, but we've had some good races along the way and we've shown the strength of the car. There has been some great competition between Peugeot and Audi this year, maybe next year we'll be joined by some more manufacturers.
It was disappointing not to win at Le Mans; we're certainly going to work hard to rectify this next year.
We're here at Chelsea Auto Legends; are you a fan of historic racing in general and have you had a chance to drive any old Group C cars?
I'm a big fan of the history of the sport, definitely and this is a great show. It's a shame about the rain and seeing all these beautiful cars getting wet. It has a touch of the Goodwoods about it and that's nice. It has a nice relaxed feel about it. I'm enjoying myself and I hope to have a look around later.
Unfortunately, I've never had the chance to drive a classic Group C car. I've driven old F1 cars but it's something to look forward to in the future. Hopefully one day it's something I'll get the chance to do.
For tickets and more information on the Autosport Six Hours of Silverstone, visit the Silverstone website. You can also follow Anthony Davidson's progress in the race live on Autoblog.