Injury forces Davidson to sit out Silverstone race
Peugeot have confirmed that Anthony Davidson will not be fit enough to race at this weekend's Autosport Six Hours of Silverstone.
Just days after telling Autoblog that he hoped to be on the grid for the latest round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, the British driver has been sidelined because he has not sufficiently recovered from a collarbone injury sustained in a cycling accident. His place in the #7 Peugeot 908 alongside Sebastien Bourdais will be taken by Simon Pagenaud.
Although pleased with his driver's recovery, Peugeot Sport Team Manager Pascal Dimitri is reluctant to take any chances with Davidson at Silverstone with the next round at Road Atlanta coming so soon after.
"Anthony has recovered almost 100%," he said. "However, we do not want to risk anything for him, as he needs to recover all his sensations, and for Peugeot in its chase for the ILMC title. We need him to race in Petit Le Mans which is coming right after Silverstone."
Davidson understood the team's decision but was nonetheless upset not to be racing in front of a local crowd.
"Of course I can only be disappointed as it is my home race," he commented. "It is a difficult decision to make but it is a wise one. Now I get more time to recover properly and I can prepare the end of the season in a better way."
Autoblog will be covering the Autosport Six Hours of Silverstone live with the race starting at 1130 on Sunday, 11 September.