Paired with former IndyCar driver Nicolas Minassian, the duo proved dominant in the factory Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 car after polesitter Allan McNish retired his Audi after just 30 minutes into the race. Incredibly, this marked the first technical retirement since Audi introduced the R10 turbodiesel on its debut at Sebring … in 2006 …!
McNish led for the opening nine laps until Davidson forced his way into the lead at Abbey, and the Scot then retired on lap 17 with a differential failure, leaving the #7 Peugeot to cruise to a victory that was never in doubt.
Davidson drove impeccably – including two impressive double-stints – and the pace of the factory car was enough to ensure that the ORECA Peugeot that finished second was never close enough to be a threat to the main French car.
For ORECA, however, there was still some stealing of the limelight by dint of one-time Minardi driver Stephane Sarrazin clinching his second Le Mans Series title.
Behind the two Peugeots, Timo Bernhard and Rinaldo Capello finished third in the other factory Audi, but the car was simply never on the pace of the two ahead of it.
There was a sprinkling of other former F1 pilots in the field, with former Minardi driver Gianmaria Bruni partnering Jaime Melo in the Ferrari to win the GT2 class. In the same class, Giancarlo Fisichella and Jean Alesi drove another Ferrari, but finished well behind.
Also contesting the event was former Sauber driver Jean-Christophe Boullion, who finished 37th overall after a troubled race in the LMP1 class.
2010 AUTOSPORT Silverstone 1000km Final Classification: