Alex Davison will join his brother Will at Ford Performance Racing after a year on the V8 Supercars Championship sidelines.
A statement released by the factory Ford team confirmed that the 33-year-old will drive the team’s fourth car, the recently-acquired #18 Racing Entitlements Contract owned by former Dick Johnson Racing co-owner Charlie Schwerkolt. It is understood that Davison has signed a one-year deal with the team.
This will be the third bite at the V8 Supercars cherry for the older sibling, who has had a stop-start tin-top career since making his championship debut with Rod Nash Racing in 2005.
His second full-time stint came in 2009 with a three-year deal to drive for Stone Brothers Racing, but that yielded little in the way of results, with just two podium finishes, one pole position en route to a best championship finish of eleventh in his final year with the team.
This year saw Davison return to the Australian Porsche Carrera Cup, in which he finished third overall in the standings.
Unfortunately the significance of Davison’s signing was lost on the sub-editors of today’s Daily Telegraph newspaper, with the Sydney tabloid running a picture of Davison’s former Stone Brothers Racing team-mate, Tim Slade, in their newspaper article announcing the deal. Epic fail!
“Alex is a great talent and one that deserves a drive at the highest level so I am very pleased he will be driving my car next year,” team owner Schwerkolt said in the FPR media release issued today.
“His experience both in V8 Supercars and the Carrera Cup means we can immediately aim to be a contender at the front of the field.”
“It is extremely exciting for me to be racing in V8 Supercars again so I thank Charlie for putting his faith in me and for giving me the opportunity to be part of FPR,” Davison added.
“I put all my efforts this year into getting into Charlie’s seat as it was my number one pick and was highly-sought by a number of drivers given the amount of success the team has had this year.”
Davison will have his first outing in the team’s 2013 Car Of The Future Chassis when FPR conducts a three-car test at Winton Raceway tomorrow.