Brawn GP reserve driver Anthony Davidson says he cannot wait to get back racing at this weekend's Spa 24 Hours, after inking a deal to drive a Nissan GT-R.
The former Super Aguri driver has been working hard to keep himself in line for a return to F1, and will team up with Darren Turner and Michael Krumm for an assault on the Belgian classic. Although Davidson concedes that he is not heading there gunning for overall victory, he thinks reaching the checkered flag and using the opportunity to stay race sharp will be good enough to make him happy with his weekend's performance.
"It was a deal that I was working on really early this year to try and get in place," Davidson told AUTOSPORT. "Obviously with a lack of testing in F1 now, I'm keen to keep behind wheel as often as I can, and I think it is important to keep up driving this year. It should be a good experience. It really is important to keep racing as much as possible. To get through as a driver for 24 hours without making any mistakes is really, really hard work – and it does keep you sharp.
"Myself, and all the people I work with, are keen for me to keep racing, and I for one, after finally getting into racing properly with Super Aguri a few years ago, realized I've got to keep it up. And there is no better way than endurance events because you are racing against top drivers, and professional guys, who have often been in F1 themselves."
Davidson has not raced in the Spa 24 Hours before, but has experience of the track from F1.
"It is a circuit I love and, after doing Le Mans this year, I know that racing at a top level in a 24 hours event is extremely tough," he explained. "I liken it to an entire race weekend, mentally. I think basically if I can come away with a finish and having had no reliability problems that will be a good result.
"The car is in early development for an assault next year on the World GT Championship, and that is something I've also got my eye on. Obviously, great manufacturers are getting in already and wherever manufactures are, it means there will be serious racing.
"I am obviously keen to stay in F1 as long as I can, and the potential of the new teams coming along gives me new hope that I can get back on the grid. But I am also a realist at the end of the day and I know there is a lot more than talent that gets you a drive in F1. I'm just happy to be racing at a top level still this season, and still associated with the Brawn team."