Young Gold Coast racing driver Shae Davies is steadily ticking off his goals on the way to a full-time professional career in V8 Supercars.
A three-year plan is designed to put Davies behind the wheel for a full V8 season in 2015.
Having contested the Australian Porsche Carrera Cup, Kumho Tyres V8 Touring Car Series and New Zealand V8 SuperTourer Enduro Series in 2013, this year the talented 23-year-old is aboard the latest Porsche 991 GT3 Cup car with leading team McElrea Racing for a second Carrera Cup season.
He’s also hoping to secure a seat in the V8 Supercar Enduro Cup series, including the Bathurst 1000, at the end of the year.
Davies’ new Porsche has entered battle in a colourful and aggressive livery combining matte black, fluorescent red and green, white and blue.
He has retained major backing from Nuveau Constructions and Davbridge Constructions and will this year welcome the support of St George Bank, Phase8 and DKM Accountants.
The McElrea Racing-led No Second Chance initiative raising awareness for road safety and anti-violence will also be promoted on the car’s bonnet.
Davies announced his arrival in Porsche racing last season with a run of strong performances, highlighted by three podium round finishes, a maiden outright race win at Winton and the Pro class round victory at the inaugural Porsche Rennsport event at Sydney Motorsport Park.
The reigning Kumho Tyres V8 Touring Car Series champion believes he has never been better prepared for a racing season following a series of test days and a rigorous training regime with leading motorsport fitness expert Phil Young of GP Human Performance.
Ensuring he is completely immersed in the task of Porsche racing, Davies is now also a full-time, contracted employee of McElrea Racing.
When he is not racing, Davies can be found working in the team’s Yatala raceshop or coaching drivers on McElrea Racing Driver Development (MRDD) track days.
“The learning period is behind me and now it is my full intent to ruffle the feathers of those who have led the charge in PCCA in recent years, such as Bairdo (Craig Baird) and Steven Richards,” says Shae.
“Race wins and the championship are absolutely the goal and my McElrea Racing team and I could not be better prepared for a big year.
“Testing in the new 991 has gone very well and I am feeling very comfortable in the new car. It suits my driving style and I feel physically and mentally primed to attack the season.
“Working full-time with the team has also greatly assisted my preparation and given me a first-hand appreciation of the tireless and skilled effort the boys put into my racecar and those of my teammates.”