Alex Davison will drive for Ford Performance Racing customer team Charlie Schwerkolt Racing in the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship.
Davison joins younger brother Will Davison, Mark Winterbottom and David Reynolds as the factory Ford team expands its operations to four cars and will drive the FPR-prepared #18 Charlie Schwerkolt Racing Falcon.
Davison returns to the series after a year spent racing in Carrera Cup Australia where he finished third overall. It will be his third crack at a full-time V8 career, having driven a Perkins Engineering-prepared Commodore for Rod Nash Racing in 2005 and then a further three seasons with Stone Brothers Racing in the #4 IRWIN Falcon between 2009 and 2011.
Davison is excited by the prospect of what the new era of V8 Supercars could hold.
“It is extremely exciting for me to be racing in V8 Supercars again so I thank Charlie for putting his faith in me and for giving me the opportunity to be part of FPR,” Davison said.
“I put all my efforts this year into getting into Charlie’s seat as it was my number one pick and was highly-sought by a number of drivers given the amount of success the team has had this year.
“The Car of the Future angle makes next year all the more exciting and the fact FPR are further ahead than just about anyone else with their preparations gives me a great deal of confidence.
“I am going into the test with a very open mind. I’ve heard what Will thinks of the new car but for me it is a chance to get some laps in before the break and also a chance to meet the team before we start working together properly in January.”
Team owner Charlie Schwerkolt says Davison’s mix of speed and experience will make him a regular front-runner now he is in a factory team.
“Alex is a great talent and one that deserves a drive at the highest level so I am very pleased he will be driving my car next year,” Schwerkolt said.
“His experience both in V8 Supercars and the Carrera Cup means we can immediately aim to be a contender at the front of the field.
“FPR’s Car of the Future program is very advanced and alongside the team’s three very talented drivers I think my car, with Alex in it, ensures all four factory Fords will be in the mix from the first race.”
Alex Davison will get his first outing in the 2013-spec car this week with a test-day at Winton.