TUSC: James Davison signs with TRG’s Aston Martin program

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After sporadic sports car appearances over the last few years, Australian James Davison will have a full-time ride in the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season.

Davison will be the pro driver in one of TRG’s Aston Martin Vantages in the GT Daytona class, which marks his first full-time ride of any sort since finishing second in the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights Series. Davison tested the Aston at Sebring earlier this month, and raced for TRG in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge at the season finale at Lime Rock Park earlier this year.

This seems to close the door to Davison running a full-time schedule in the IndyCar ranks, although he impressed in two starts with Dale Coyne Racing earlier in 2013. Davison may still run in the month of May, telling Australia’s speedcafe.com that he has an offer on the table for a debut in the 2014 Indianapolis 500.

Toyota victorious in Bahrain on Porsche’s LMP1 swansong

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.

Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.

Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.

Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.

Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.

With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.

Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.

Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.

GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.