Davidson to retire from professional racing at 8H Bahrain finale

Anthony Davidson has announced his retirement from professional motorsport with the 8 Hours of Bahrain marking his final race in the WEC.

The current JOTA Sport driver will drive their Oreca 07 LMP2 at the Season 9 finale next weekend.

Davidson notified his retiring intentions via social media when he reflected on his podium at yesterday’s 6 Hours of Bahrain.

“One more to go… which I’ve decided will also be my final race as a professional racing driver.

“It’s been an incredible and unforgettable journey and I thank all those involved along the way.”

His #38 JOTA teammates, Formula E champion Antonio Felix Da Costa, and Roberto Gonzalez, also gave their thoughts on social media.

The #38 trio celebrate their P3 finish at the 6 Hours of Bahrain, 2021 – Credit: © ADRENALMEDIA.COM / Harry Parvin

“So sad to part ways with you man,” said Da Costa.

“Learnt so much with this guy, one of the best technically and so fast. What an amazing career. One more to go mate. Already missing you. Respect.

Gonzalez added: “What a career. Proud of you man.

“I’m so happy I had the chance to share the car with you [for] the last three years.

“Hope for the best for you and your family in the next chapter of your life. Enjoy it mate.”

The 42-year-old’s professional racing career has stretched various commitments over the past 20 years.

The early 2000s featured him winning in single-seater championships like Formula Ford and Formula 3, eventually driving six Formula 1 seasons for Honda amongst other roles as reserve driver.

He is expected to continue his Mercedes-AMG F1 simulator driver role which he has held since 2012.

He has raced in 13 Le Mans races, with the first outing in 2003 in the GTS category.

It was until 2009 until he returned to the French classic for Aston Martin Racing, joining teammates Darren Turner and Jos Verstappen in a LMP1.

After two years with Peugeot, he joined Toyota for the inaugural WEC season in 2012.

A total of six seasons were spent with the Japanese manufacturer accumulating 10 overall wins and the 2014 championship title in the process.

For the 2018-19 Super-Season, he made his LMP2 debut with DragonSpeed followed by two seasons with his current team, JOTA.

His esteemed professional career will conclude with his final WEC race on 6 November.