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Mar 22, 2013

DAVIES MAKING QUICK TRANSITION TO V8 POWER AT SHANNONS NATIONALS

Formula Ford graduate Shae Davies has made a quick switch from Porsche Power to V8 Touring Car grunt today as the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals kicked off at Sydney Motorsport Park.

The Queensland youngster stepped into Carrera Cup for the first time this season and impressed in the first two rounds of the year – but will dovetail his Porsche commitments with a season driving with Fernandez Racing in the Kumho Tyres V8 Touring Cars this year.

The growing V8 series is one of the drawcards of the Shannons Nationals, and helps kick off the 2013 season this weekend in a big program at the Western Sydney circuit.

The Kerrick Sports Sedan Series, Saloon Cars, Radical Australia Cup, PRB Racing Series and Australian Superkarts also feature this weekend, with admission just $20 at the gate on Sunday.

Though timing (or a lack thereof) throughout Friday practice remains inclusive, Davis professed himself pleased with his V8 debut today, driving an ex-Ford Performance Racing Falcon.

“It was a great day but very challenging to come to grips with the car. It’s a very different thing to the Carrera Cup car I have been driving but at the end of the day, I’m really happy,” he said.

“The cars are totally different and the biggest thing I have had to get used to is the ability to change settings – like Roll bars – as you go, which you can’t do in the Porsche.

“The V8 has a much harder power delivery and less turn – it drives completely differently.

“Thankfully I think I’ve adapted quite well and I’m very, very happy with the day.”

Davies – who finished fourth in last year’s Australian Formula Ford Championship and currently sits seventh in Porsche Carrera Cup – said his aims in the V8 Touring Car were simply to create an impact.

“It is a learning year, but I am also in a position where I want to show what I am capable of and propel my career,” he explained.

“My aim is to win the title. If I can do that and show well in Carrera Cup this year hopefully it can open some opportunity in the sport and I can progress my career.

“The team and car have been great so far and the series is really good.. it’s a competitive field. It should be a great year.”

Though not all cars (including Davies’ entry) ran timing transponders today, Justin Garioch was quickest of those who did in his #23 Ford Falcon.

A record field has entered the Kumho Series round this weekend with a host of cars featuring new liveries that hail back to the original schemes’ their cars ran in their previous V8 Supercar life.

The Kerrick Sports Sedans also thundered into action today, Audi driver Darren Hossack topping Alfa ace Tony Ricciardello across three practice sessions in warm and humid Sydney conditions.

The Radical Australia Cup, Dial Before You Dig Saloon Cars, PRB Racing Series and Australian Superkarts also practiced today.

Qualifying and racing commences tomorrow, ahead of Sunday’s big day of racing – to be streamed live via the Shannons Nationals website and the series new Nationals TV online service.

Spectators will be welcome to attend with admission free on Saturday, and only $20 on Sunday.

For more information head to www.thenationals.com.au