Davidson has Le Mans in mind

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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Toyota's Anthony Davidson starts the defense of his world endurance title at Silverstone this weekend with Le Mans on his mind.

The 24 Hours at the Circuit de la Sarthe in western France on June 13-14 is the jewel of the championship, a classic test that has mauled many a driver over the years and that every sportscar racer wants to win.

"We had a big fight on our hands last year all the way through (the championship)," the 35-year-old Briton told Reuters in an interview ahead of Sunday's Six Hours of Silverstone season-opener.

"We didn't win Le Mans -- that was our main target for the season and we didn't achieve that. So that remains the same for this year.

"I think it's going to be hard to defend the championship and possibly even harder to win Le Mans. But it should be a great fight."

Davidson won last year's endurance championship with Switzerland's Sebastien Buemi but finished only third at Le Mans after a heavy crash on a wet track early on in the race with Frenchman Nicolas Lapierre at the wheel.

In the 2013 race, Davidson finished second while in 2012 he had a massive crash that saw the car take off at the Mulsanne corner and left the Briton in hospital with two broken vertebrae.

The experience has in no way dimmed the former Formula One driver's enthusiasm or determination.   Continued...

 
Formula One driver Anthony Davidson of Britain gestures inside his Super Aguri racing car during a training session at Catalunya's racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, May 2, 2007. REUTERS/Albert Gea