- Seventh place secures fourth place in driver’s championship for James Davison
- Bryan Heitkotter passes nine cars en route to ninth-place finish
San Francisco, Calif. (September 14, 2015) – The season finale for the Pirelli World Challenge saw another strong run for the pair of Always Evolving Nissan NISMO GT-R GT3s, as drivers James Davison and Bryan Heitkotter drove through the field to bank another pair of top-ten results on the season on Sunday afternoon at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, California.
Both Nissan NISMO GT-R GT3s would have to drive through the field after their qualifying session was cut short, as an incident by a competitor brought out a red flag before either car could set a representative time. James Davison, driving the no. 33 Always Evolving / ReplayXD Nissan NISMO GT-R GT3, jumped away from the standing start and made up several positions on the opening lap. By the tie the checkered flew, Davison had wheeled the Nissan to 7th position, which meant he finished the season in fourth position in the driver’s championship.
“It was a phenomenal first season for the Always Evolving team,” said Davison. “We won two races, scored six second places and ended fourth in the championship. Ultimately, losing the points for our win at Barber earlier in the season cost us the championship in our debut season.
“What we can take from this is that our performance throughout the year was Championship- winning material. This obviously places us in a strong position going into 2016 with the next gen Nissan GT-R GT3. I’m proud to be a part of this team and appreciate all their tireless hard work and motivation to win. It goes hand in hand with all involved.”
Heitkotter also made steady progress throughout Sunday’s race. After a frantic start where he made up several positions but was also pushed off the track, Heitkotter drove through the field to finish in ninth position, just behind Davison. It was a final strong run for Heitkotter, who began the year in the GT-A class for amateur drivers but was moved to the GT class after finishing on the overall podium at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
“I wanted to do my best to end the 2015 World Challenge season on a high note,” said Heitkotter. “At the start I made a few positions, then contact pushed me wide of turn three and I lost all the positions I had gained and then some. But the car was otherwise fine and I came back through for a top-10 finish. Big thanks to the guys for never giving up and always giving me a good car to fight with.
“It has been a dream this year to be part of a team as driven and professional as Always Evolving and AIM Autosport. All the guys put together an amazing season – my Nissan GT-R had no faults all year. Always Evolving put together a program that accomplished a lot in its maiden year with Nissan and I couldn’t be more blessed to have been a part of it – especially considering where I came from! I’m going to keep pushing in the off season to be the best I can be for next year.”
Team owner Erik Davis was proud of the accomplishments of his Always Evolving team in this season’s Pirelli World Challenge, which included the team’s first victories in both the GT and the GT-A categories.
“Bringing both of the Nissan NISMO GT-R GT3s home in the top-ten was a fitting way to cap off our first season in Pirelli World Challenge’s top class,” said Davis. “Laguna Seca may have suited some of the other cars better than the Nissans, but James and Bryan both rose to the challenge and did an incredible job.
“I’m so proud of these guys for the way they have performed and represented our brand all year and can’t say enough of our partners at AIM Autosport. To have scored as many victories and podiums we did this year is really incredible, and we are very excited for the 2016 season!
“We will be back bigger and better than ever next year. Always Evolving is about continued growth and continually evolving. Look out for more from Always Evolving and AerNow in the coming weeks and months.”
With thanks to Always Evolving Motorsports: http://alwaysevolvingmotorsport.com