James Davison will tackle the 2022 Monaco Historic Grand Prix in a Hill GH1-Cosworth. Photo: Penske Entertainment, Joe Skibinski

AMERICAN-BASED Aussie James Davison will step behind the wheel of a 1970s Hill Formula 1 car at May’s Monaco Historic Grand Prix.

The six-time Indianapolis 500 starter will drive a Hill GH1-Cosworth owned by American enthusiast Brad Hoyt at the event, which will be held on May 13-15, two weeks prior to the actual Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix.

Davison revealed the information on this week’s episode of the V8 Sleuth Podcast Powered by Repco.

“I’ll be racing against some profile guys, but these Historic races are just about getting to the finish and looking after the equipment,” Davison told V8 Sleuth this week.

“It’s going to be fun and not overly stressful, so I’m looking forward to enjoying the experience.”

It’s not the first time Davison has raced in Historic Grand Prix machinery. 

He raced a Lotus 81 at the Masters Historic Formula 1 support event at the 2019 British Grand Prix at Silverstone and also raced a 1978 Arrows at the 2016 United States Grand Prix and an ex-David Purley LEC at the following Mexican Grand Prix.

The Hill GH1 he will drive in Monaco is GH1 chassis 3 and has an existing Australian link.

It was raced by a range of drivers including Aussies Vern Schuppan (who raced it in Sweden in ’75) and Alan Jones who, according to, raced it at Zandvoort, Paul Ricard, Silverstone and the Nurburgring that year.

Jones finished fifth at the Nurburgring in the car, his first points-scoring finish in a Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix.

Watch some of the action from the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix Historic event for 1973-1976 cars here:

With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.