Jamie Davies is one of the UK’s foremost professional racing drivers.
Davies from Yeovil, Somerset, started racing, like so many successful professionals, at the age of 14 by winning the 1988 South West Karting Championship. His career rapidly developed during the following years with notable achievements in the British Junior and Junior Open Karting Championships, and the Formula Vauxhall Lotus Series.
Having been awarded the prestigious ‘McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year’ title in 1994, 1995 marked a significant turning point for Jamie when he competed in the British Formula Three Championship. His competitors that year included Ralph Firman and Marc Gene and the McLaren F1 team saw Jamie’s potential rapidly developing and invited him to test with them.
1997 and 1998 witnessed many notable successes. Competitors included Juan Pablo Montoya and Tom Kristensen. 1998 also provided Davies with his first experience of the Le Mans 24 Hours competing for the American Panoz team. Drives in the Daytona 24 Hours and 12 Hours of Sebring capped a significant milestone year for the now 24 year old.
1999 and 2000 saw Davies continuing to achieve significant success in the FIA Formula 3000 Championship with a notable second place in Monaco competing against Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber and Justin Wilson, amongst others.
2001 saw a return to Le Mans with Panoz before the newly formed Veloqx Motorsport acquired the services of Jamie for the 2002 British GT Championship. Driving a Ferrari 360 N/GT, Davies achieved numerous wins for his team competing against the works TVR entries. The highlight of 2002 proved to be his Championship victory during the very last round of the series, a race that captured the attention of the motorsport media unlike any other that year.
A move to the highly competitive FIA GT Championship with Veloqx the following year, campaigning their Ferraris with the support of the British Importer as Team Maranello Concessionaires, saw Davies once again impress all with his ability against the semi-works teams from Porsche. 2003 also marked Jamie’s first win in class at Le Mans in a Ferrari 550 GTS Maranello, again run by Veloqx. This year was brought to a close on a ‘high’ with a second win on the famous French circuit – the Le Mans 1,000Km – in a Veloqx Ferrari.
Jamie’s career developed exponentially from the turn of the millennium with 2004 marking progression into the ultimate sportscar category – Prototypes. Veloqx’s newly formed relationship with Audi Sport guaranteed Davies a seat in the most successful sports racing car of the modern era – the Audi R8. Successes have included a pole position and fastest lap in Le Mans and securing the Le Mans Endurance Series Championship title during the final round at Spa Francorchamps. These achievements mark a continuation of Jamie’s remarkable career, having won races in every single category he’s competed in.
2005 Jamie was racing as a Pirelli works driver but not in one Championship
for the whole season. Pirelli put him in different cars in different
championships. Jamie drove the Maserati MC12 for the Vitaphone Racing
Team in the 24 hours of Spa and set the fastest time in the race. He
also drove the Ferrari 550 for BMS Scuderia Italia in the LMES Championship
at the Nürburgring and finished 2nd in the GT1 class. At the end
of the year Jamie drove another Maserati MC12 but this time for JMB Racing
in Bahrain in the FIA GT Championship and finished 2nd in the race also
with the fastest race lap. These different drives have shown Pirelli
that Jamie can be fast in all kinds of cars and Championships and it
was the first step for another year working for Pirelli.
In 2006 Jamie was again working for Pirelli as a works driver, this
time racing a full season in the FIA GT Championship. Driving a Maserati
MC12 for the Vitaphone Racing Team. Jamie won 2 races (Adria and Dijon),
one 2nd place and three 3rd places and finished 5th overall in the Championship.
Jamie set again the fastest lap in the 24 hours of Spa.
He was awarded from the London Car Club with “The Closed Car Performance
Trophy 2006” for being the “Most successful International closed
car competitor”. Jamie received a letter with congratulations and a medal
from the London Car Club. It is the third time that the London Car Club gives
an award to Jamie. He also drove the 12 hours of Sebring in a Saleen for Team
Konrad Motorsport and tested the Aston Martin DBR9 for Aston Martin Racing BMS