Alan Davidson believes his 30-year-old Mondiale M89S is as fast as any modern FF1600 car, after a strong turn of pace at his recent BRSCC Avon Tyres National FF1600 appearance at Kirkistown.
Sandwiched by retirements in races one and three, Dawson WAM Northern Irish FF1600 regular Davidson finished a competitive eighth in race two at Kirkistown, despite a spin.
Davidson’s performances were particularly striking given that he was competing in the oldest car on the grid, and the only one to be built before 1993.
Asked what it was like racing in a car considerably older than its opposition, Davidson replied:
“It shows to everybody that you don’t need to buy the new ones. My car’s 1989 and still as fast as any of the other ones.
“I think if we went anywhere with that car and spent a few days setting it up, we could probably be as fast as any of them,” Davidson added in answer to if his car’s performance was track-specific.
Although the car is competitive, age does give Davidson a slight disadvantage.
“Something what seems to let it down is the newer cars seemed to have moved on with the aerodynamics, so in the faster corners I struggle a bit more.
“But everywhere else the car is able to keep up with the best of them.”
Despite two National FF1600 retirements, and a missing fourth gear in qualifying that left him 14th on the grid, it appears the age of the car was not to blame.
“It’s just been misfortune that has brought us down. What can we do, we tried everything, we tried our best!”
In race one he charged into the top 10 twice either side of a spin, but had to retire when contact caused his battery to fall out.
He rose from the back of the grid to fight for fourth in race two before spinning and falling to eighth, while mechanical issues stopped a top four finish in race three.
Last year, he also qualified 14th but managed to finish the opening race in fourth.
Despite the frustration of unreliability over the weekend, Davidson confirmed his intention to race in the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch in October.