FAI has a rich motorsport heritage and has enjoyed sponsorship of some incredibly talented individuals on the track. Somebody that FAI recognised as a strong character and performer years ago was Chaz Davies, a gifted motorcycle racer that has seen fantastic career progression from the start in 1999 when he debuted on a Minimoto.
In this year’s season, Chaz rocketed to a brilliant advantage after achieving several podium spots and the first 2017 race win for Ducati early in the season. Being the only real threat to provisional leader Jonathan Rea, Chaz has displayed a mix of raw talent and aggression, achieving a double race win in the latest round hosted at Imola, Italy.
Chaz posted the best provisional time during Fridays free-practice sessions and made a decisive step forward during FP2 to take about one second off his best times and improving the previous lap record (set by him in 2016) by almost half a second.
After showing its competitiveness during Fridays free-practice sessions, the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team enjoyed a day to remember in front of its fans at Imola. In Race 1, FAI sponsored Chaz once again proved to be the man to beat on the Italian track, winning (with a new circuit record) the third consecutive race at the Enzo and Dino Ferrari circuit after scoring a double in 2016.
The Welshman, who secured pole position in the morning while showing an unmatched pace, never looked back after the start and finished with a seven-second advantage over his rivals when, with six laps to go, the race was red-flagged and eventually declared to be over with the results based on the positions from the previous lap.
After winning Race 1 in a dominant fashion, Chaz Davies did the double at Imola (Italy), granting the Ducati team its fourth success in a row at its “home race” in the WorldSBK Championship. The Welshman, who took pole position on Saturday, had to work his way up the field from ninth position, based on the new grid regulations for Race 2. Davies progressively climbed his way up the ranks, closing the gap from provisional leader Sykes and went on to take the lead on lap 8, eventually pulling away to win with a four-second advantage on his rivals.
After five rounds, Davies (161 points) is second in the championship. The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team will resume action for the sixth round of the 2017 WorldSBK Championship, scheduled for 26-28th May at Donington.
Chaz Davies will be signing autographs for visitors to the FAI stand at both Autopromotec, Bologna (18A20) on the 24th May and Automechanika Birmingham (19D30) on the 6th June from 12pm – 2pm. FAI will also be showcasing three new product ranges: Torsional Vibration Dampers, Oil Control Valves and Oil Sump pans to reinforce their existing market leading product ranges.