After nearly a year away from the team, James Davison has been reunited with TRG at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, in what’s been a busy weekend for the Australian driver.
Davison is not only taking part in Sunday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race in the team’s Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3, but is also leading TRG’s new venture into the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America series.
Sportscar365 caught up with Davison to get his thoughts on his double duty this weekend, as well as the burgeoning single-make series, which has seen a full-season commitment this year from the Kevin Buckler-owned squad.
What are your thoughts heading into the weekend?
“It’s another fantastic opportunity to get involved in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo series, which is obviously a booming formula in sports car racing.
“It’s a very appealing brand in Lamborghini, and they do everything five-star with their presentation, all of their apparel, and their corporate facilities.
“I feel we’ve got unfinished business on the IMSA side. We’ve always had good performance, just never been able to bank a race win due to whatever can take a race win away from you in motorsport it seems like we’ve come across.
“You’ve got to be in it to win it. Brandon [Davis, IMSA co-driver] and I are going to make a great team. Him and I get along great, he’s a great driver, and I just can’t wait to get stuck in and secure some good results.”
How has it been acclimating to the Lamborghini, and what have your first impressions been of the car?
“My previous sports cars that I’ve raced have all been front-engined cars. So I’ve gotten into a very low center of gravity, rear-engined race car.
“Generally I’m used to cars that understeer more and have poorer traction. Now I’m dealing with a car that’s very pointy, and has phenomenal traction, so kind of the opposite.
“I have a lot of experience, so I feel like I’ve been able to adapt to it well enough, but as a team, TRG, myself, and Derek [De Boer, Super Trofeo co-driver] are all learning the car this weekend.
“We’re taking big swings at the setup session to session, even going into qualifying, because we need to try some things.
“We’re already competitive but the goal is to always try and win and be the quickest.”
Has it been difficult jumping back and forth between the cars?
“To be honest, no because I’ve gone from doing double duty in the GTD Aston and the CTSC [Aston Martin] GT4 car in the past.
“In one car you’re left foot braking with paddle shift with no ABS, the other car you’re right foot braking with an H-pattern gearbox and with ABS.
“Honestly it took me three corners of the out lap to get used to it again, so it’ll be no major issue.”
How important is it for a team like TRG to be expanding into another series, like Super Trofeo?
“Before it’s probably fair to say they were limiting their trade by sticking with the Aston Martin brand.
“But as we’ve seen, this single-make series just like Porsche Carrera Cup or Ferrari Challenge worldwide, this is probably the newest series to really boom.
“Having a car in there is absolutely a great way to go. It’s a great marketing tool for TRG having Lamborghini with all of its Hollywood appeal in America. So I’m really excited.”
Is this just a one-off for you in both of these races?
“Right now it’s just a one-off, and like so many things in motorsport if you get a good result, it helps the cause with sponsors and partners and co-drivers and so on wanting to be a part a winning team.
“The best I can do is try and win in both series and what happens from there will be what it will be.”