An already incredible year for British racing drivers on the international stage continued when Anthony Davidson won the FIA World Endurance Championship (WRC) title at the season finale in Bahrain on Saturday (15 November).
Thirty-five-year-old Davidson – plus Toyota team-mate Sebastien Buemi – sealed the title with 11th place at the Bahrain International Circuit. Fellow Briton Mike Conway took victory in the sister car, shared with Alex Wurz and Stephane Sarrazin.
In total Davidson has taken four wins from seven races so far this season, with one round still to go. He succeeds Scot and sportscar legend Allan McNish – now retired – as World Endurance Champion.
Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said: “This year just keeps getting better and better for British motor racing talent on the international stage. We have had world and European kart champions, single-seater champions and now another sportscar world champion. We congratulate Anthony on this latest success and hope that he inspires our next generation of young drivers to reach similar heights.”
Hailing from Hemel Hempstead, Davidson’s career began in karts. A move to junior single-seater racing yielded immediate title success in Formula Ford and, having also starred in Formula 3, he reached Formula 1 as a test driver with the BAR Honda team in 2001. He later made his grand prix debut with Minardi and completed the 2008 season with Super Aguri. His subsequent switch to sportscar racing brought success at the Le Mans 24 Hours, with podiums in 2013 and 2014, and now the World Endurance Championship title.