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Extra support for Davies on familiar territory

Extra support for Davies on familiar territory

Extra support for Davies on familiar territory

Chaz Davies heads to Valencia this week buoyed by a major show of support on home shores. The 16-year-old's growing reputation in Great Britain was endorsed by a telephone competition to win two paddock passes to meet him at the final round of the 2003 season, which was swamped by over 2,500 callers. The lucky winners will travel to Spain on Thursday and enjoy all the action at the Gran Premio Marlboro de la Comunitat Valenciana along with 120,000 other fanatical Grand Prix enthusiasts.

"It is nice to know at least somebody out there will be supporting me because the support for the Spanish guys will obviously be huge," commented Davies, who is looking to overthrow local favourites Joan Olive and Hector Faubel in the championship. "I really want to finish twelfth in the championship and maybe my best chance of that is if it rains. I need to pull eight points back on Olive and I know he doesn't go well in the wet, but the way things have gone over the last few races in the dry I think I have a chance in any condition."

Despite his tender years and only two full seasons in Grand Prix, Davies has extra experience at Valencia thanks to his days in the Spanish Championship and he will be looking to put that to good use this weekend. "This is one of the few tracks on the calendar where I can really say I know my way around and although I have had a few crashes there I like it quite a lot. This season has been very positive for me, especially over the second half when I have scored points in almost every race, so I hope to finish it on a high this weekend."

250cc, 2003

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