Long time Porsche racer Alex Davison joined some of the elite names of international motorsport when he became the first Australian to win the coveted 2008 ‘Porsche Cup’ as the most successful private Porsche racer in the world.
Davison, the 2004 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Champion, based himself in Europe during 2008 where he scored impressive results in a myriad of Porsche GT race cars and GT Championships throughout Europe and the USA.
The 29 year old was a ‘gun for hire’ for numerous Porsche GT teams throughout 2008, with highlights including: a GT2 win in Nogaro (Italy), second place in the American Le Mans Series 12 Hours of Sebring (USA), second place in the five-round (1,000 kms each) GT2 class of the European Le Mans Series and fifth place in the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hour race.
He joins past Porsche champions including Bob Wollek, Klaus Ludwig, Jochen Mass, Bernd Schneider, Henri Pescarolo and Price Cobb as winners of the annual Porsche award inaugurated in 1970.
Davison received his award at the Porsche Motorsports Night in Germany last weekend, an annual event celebrating the Porsche racing champions of the 2008 season.
Davison’s prize is the keys to a brand new Porsche 911 Turbo – valued at more than $350,000.
“It’s been an amazing year when I think about it,” said Davison. “Winning the Porsche Cup was the last thing on my mind when the season started. I just wanted to be able to drive well and do a good job for whichever team I was racing for.
“It’s been difficult to jump from team to team, and car to car, and sometimes continent to continent, but being a professional racing car driver means you have to adapt to these sorts of circumstances and be consistently good all the time. I guess I was able to achieve that.
“And to be the first Australian to win this international award is pretty special. There are some serious names that have won the Porsche Cup, so it’s not easy to come to terms with the fact you’ve won an award that has also been won by famous guys such as (Jochen) Mass and (Klaus) Ludwig and (Bob) Wollek.”
Davison has been a regular Porsche racer since 2000, competing in Porsche Supercup, Porsche Carrera Cup and various overseas GT Championships.
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