Alex Davison is an Australian racing driver who currently competes with Porsche cars in different GT competitions – FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series or Australian Carrera Cup. His greatest success so far is the championship title in the Australian Porsche Carrera Cup in 2004.
Alex is a brother of Supercars driver Will Davison and he also serves as his endurance co-driver. Their best resultat Bathurst 1000 was the fourth place in 2014.
Karting champion early in a career
Born in November 1979 in Melbourne, Victoria, as a grandson of famous Australian racer and Grand Prix winner Lex Davison, Alex was interested in racing from an early age and he raced in karting competitions as a teenager. His greatest success was a title of the Victorian Junior champion in 1995.
In 1998, he progressed to formula racing, making a debut in the Australian Formula Ford. He finished seventh in the points with one podium. In 1999, he was among the front-runners, scoring four wins and finishing tied in the points with second-placed Steve Owen, losing a title to Greg Ritter by just two points.
Starting a GT racing career in Europe in 2000
Unable to continue a career in the open-wheel racing, Alex moved to Europe in 2000 and enter the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany. After two seasons in German Porsche one-make series, he was promoted to the Porsche Supercup in 2002.
The highlight of the season was a victory in the American round at Indianapolis. He added three more podiums to his account and finished sixth in the points. In the same year, he also contested in the German Carrera Cup, scoring one win and finishing 8th in the points.
Return to Australia in 2003, Carrera Cup champion in 2004
Davison spent one more season in the German Carrera Cup in 2003, also recording appearances in the Porsche Supercup and American Le Mans Series. In the same year, he returned to Australia and won all three races in season's finale of the Australian Carrera Cup at Eastern Creek Raceway.
In 2004, he spent a full season in the Australian Carrera Cup with Greg Murphy Racing, scoring sixteen wins in the #77 Porsche and taking the championship title in front of racing legend Jim Richards.
V8 Supercars debut in 2004
While racing in the Carrera Cup, Davison also made a V8 Supercars Championship debut in 2004, joining Perkins Motorsport as an endurance co-driver to Jamie Whincup in the #7 Holden. They finished ninth at Bathurst 1000. Davison later replaced Tony Longhurst for the final two sprint events at Symmons Plains and Eastern Creek when the veteran left the team.
Perkins Motorsport retained Davison for the 2005 season in the #7 Holden. He recorded starts in eight rounds but he was replaced before season's end. At Bathurst 1000, he was sharing a car with Allan Simonsen, finishing in 20th place.
Australian Carrera cup vice-champion in 2006 and 2007
Not having a full-time seat in Supercars for 2006, Davison returned to the Australian Carrera Cup with Paul Cruickshank Racing. Driving the #21 car to nine wins, he finished second in the championship, losing a tithe to Craig Baird.
In 2007, Davison took over the seat from Jim Richards in his team, driving the #2 Porsche to seven victories and finishing again as a runner-up. The champion was David Reynolds.
In 2006 and 2007, Davison served as an endurance co-driver for Dick Johnson Racing in Supercars Championship. Sharing a car with Grant Denyer and Andrew Thompson, he was ninth (in 2006) and eighth (in 2007) at Bathurst 1000.
Podium at Sebring 12h, runner-up in the 2008 Le Mans Series
In 2008, Davison opened a season at Sebring 12 Hours with Flying Lizard Motorsports, finishing second in GT2 class, and then joined Team Felbermayr-Proton in the Europe-based Le Mans Series. Sharing the #77 Porsche 997 GT3 RSR with Marc Lieb, he finished as a runner-up in the GT2 class.
With the same team, Davison made a debut at 24 Hours of Le Mans. He was sharing a car with Horst Felbermayr Sr. and Wolf Henzler, finishing fifth in GT2 class. Davison recorded one more good result in his guest appearance in the FIA GT Championship, taking class victory at Nogaro together with Richard Westbrook in Prospeed's Porsche.
Three Supercars seasons with Stone Brothers Racing
Alex Davison made one more switch in his career in 2009, returning to Australia and joining Stone Brothers Racing as a full-time driver in the V8 Supercars Championship. The season in the seat of the #4 Ford Falcon was pretty disappointing, with just one podium and 17th place in the final standings.
The season 2010 was even worse and he finished just 21st in the points. Davison improved his performance in 2011, scoring a podium at Yas Marina Circuit and finishing 11th in the points. During three seasons with Stone Brothers Racing, his co-drivers at Bathurst 1000 were Shane van Gisbergen (2009, 13th) and David Brabham (2010, 13th; 2011, 16th).
Third place in the 2012 Carrera Cup
In 2012, Davison left Stone Brothers Racing and made one more full-time return to Australian Carrera Cup. Driving the #7 Porsche for McElrea Racing, he was a race winner four times and finished third in the points, behind Craig Baird and Jonny Reid.
In the 2012 Supercars season, he rejoined Dick Johnson Racing as a co-driver to James Moffat, finishing 10th at Bathurst 1000.
2013 Supercars season with Charlie Schwerkolt Racing
Davison's streak of return continued in 2013 when he returned to the Supercars Championship on a full-time basis. He joined Charlie Schwerkolt Racing, a newly formed satellite team operating with Ford Performance Racing's #18 Ford Falcon.
Scoring just one podium in the penultimate round at Phillip Island, he finished 13th in the final standings. At Bathurst 1000, he was 13th with John McIntyre. It was Alex Davison's last full season in the Supercars.
Endurance co-driver to his brother Will since 2014
In 2014, Davison had no full-time job, competing occasionally in GT races and serving as an endurance co-driver to his brother Will Davison, who raced in the Supercars Championship with Erebus Motorsport's #9 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. They narrowly missed a podium at Bathurst 1000, finishing in the fourth place.
Alex Davison and Will Davison raced together again in 2015 and then in 2018. In 2015, they were 12th at Bathurst in a Mercedes. In 2018, they raced in 23Red Racing's #230 Ford Falcon, finishing 19th at Bathurst.
Porsche Carrera Cup runner-up one more time in 2016
Davison had one more full-time return to the Australian Porsche Carrera Cup in 2016, driving the #25 car for Buik Motorsport. He won seven races, finishing second in the championship for the third time in a career. The champion was Matt Campbell.
In 2017, Alex Davison recorded nine Supercars with Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport's Holden and spent a full season in the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia with Ashley Seward Motorsport. Driving the #888 Porsche, he finished third in the points.
Double FIA WEC/ELMS programme with Gulf Racing
In 2018, Alex Davison opened a new chapter of his career by joining the British team Gulf Racing to drive their #86 Porsche 911 RSR both in the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series. His partners are Mike Wainwright and Ben Barker. In his second attempt at 24 Hours of Le Mans, Davison finished 10th in GTE Am class.
Besides his commitments with Gulf Racing in 2018, he joined his brother Will in Supercars endurance events and made few starts with Porsches in Australia, finishing 4th at Bathurst 12 Hour and scoring three podiums in the Australian Carrera Cup.