Davison and Youlden have pole for tomorrow's L&H 500

A race win in the first of today’s two grid-determining sprint races has been enough to give the Ford Performance Racing driver pairing of Will Davison and Luke Youlden pole position for tomorrow’s L&H 500 at Phillip Island.

Davison claimed victory in the opening sprint race, while Youlden’s 14th-placed fiish was enough to ensure that the driving pairing’s points’ tally would grant them the all important starting position. The share the front row with TOLL Holden Racing Team drivers Garth Tander and Nick Percat.

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Sprint Race 1

In what was a seemingly comfortable display of driving, Will Davison led from start to finish in the first 14-lap sprint race.

Will Davison cruised to victory in Race 1Davison held off Triple 8 Racing’s Andrew Thompson – co-driver for championship leader Jamie Whincup – in the early stages of the race, until Thompson was passed by Garth Tander at mid-distance.

Tander ran out of laps to mount a challenge on Davison’s lead, eventually finishing 2.6 seconds adrift. Thompson claimed third, ahead of the Kelly Racing cars of David Reynolds and Todd Kelly.

V8 Supercars L&H 500 Sprint Race 1 Final Classification (14 laps):

Driver Entry / Team Result
1. Will Davison Ford Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing 22:40.9887
2. Garth Tander Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team + 2.6975
3. Andrew Thompson Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing + 5.2703
4. David Reynolds Holden Stratco Racing / Kelly Racing + 6.1456
5. Todd Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing + 6.9091
6. Craig Lowndes Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing + 7.9256
7. Steve Owen Holden VIP Petfoods / Paul Morris Motorsport + 11.9997
8. Michael Caruso Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 13.4414
9. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing + 13.9934
10. Fabian Coulthard Holden Bundaberg Racing / Walkinsaw Racing + 15.0256
11. Lee Holdsworth Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 15.3930
12. Tim Slade Ford Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing + 18.0130
13. Jonathon Webb Ford Mother Energy Racing Team / Tekno + 19.0301
14. Jason Bargwanna Holden Jana Living Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 19.0988
15. Dean Fiore Ford Triple F Racing + 21.2973
16. Steven Johnson Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 25.0086
17. Alex Davison Ford Irwin / Stone Brothers Racing + 27.1664
18. Cameron McConville Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team + 57.0469
19. John McIntyre Ford SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing + 1:01.5715
20. Dean Canto Ford The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash + 1:02.1761
21. Steven Richards Ford Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing + 1:02.6798
22. Owen Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing + 1:05.6104
23. Alan Simonsen Holden Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing + 1:13.2400
24. James Moffatt Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 1:14.5025
25. Jack Perkins Holden Supercheap Auto / Paul Morris Motorsport + 1:14.8171
26. Taz Douglas Ford Wilson Security / Tony D’Alberto Racing + 1:17.7826
27. Nathan Pretty Holden Gulf Western Oil / Lucas Dumbrell + 1:23.4095
28. Karl Reindler Holden Fair Dinkum Sheds / Brad Jones Racing + 1:24.3829

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Sprint Race 2

Stone Brothers Racing Ford driver Shane van Gisbergen claimed victory in the second and final grid-deciding race ahead of tomorrow’s ultimate L&H 500.

With his co-driver John McIntyre having made his car’s compulsory pit stop in the first sprint race, all van Gisbergen needed to do was to bide his time while his rivals who needed to pit peeled off into pit lane.

Shane van Gisbergen claimed victory in Race 2 But the New Zealander made sure of a maximum result by making an outstanding start from the front row to leapfrog pole-sitter Jamie Whincup when the 14-lap race got underway.

While Whincup hung on gamely, his inevitable pit stop would send him plummeting down the order, while those drivers whose co-drivers had stopped in the first sprint race were able to move up the order.

Paul Dumbrell claimed second place at the end of the quick race, just managing to fend off the advances of Greg Murphy and Mark Winterbottom for the place, while James Courtney and Rick Kelly were also in close company.

Whiel Whincup would climb up to 12th place by the end of the race, Luke Youlden’s 15th-placed finish proved just enough for the Ford Performance Racing pairing of Davison / Youlden will start from pole for tomorrow’s race.

V8 Supercars L&H 500 Sprint Race 2 Final Classification (14 laps):

Driver Entry / Team Result
1. Shane van Gisbergen Ford SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing 22:34.0272
2. Paul Dumbrell Ford The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash + 9.1748
3. Greg Murphy Holden Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing + 9.4509
4. Mark Winterbottom Ford Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing + 9.7472
5. James Courtney Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team + 10.8913
6. Rick Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing + 12.0070
7. Warren Luff Holden Gulf Western Oil / Lucas Dumbrell + 19.2735
8. Russell Ingall Holden Supercheap Auto / Paul Morris Motorsport + 22.4581
9. Dale Wood Ford Wilson Security / Tony D’Alberto Racing + 24.2177
10. Matt Halliday Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 28.5322
11. David Wall Holden Fair Dinkum Sheds / Brad Jones Racing + 38.9072
12. Jamie Whincup Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing + 42.4875
13. Mark Skaife Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing + 50.1712
14. Nick Percat Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team + 52.4192
15. Luke Youlden Ford Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing + 56.2777
16. Greg Ritter Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 1:02.9108
17. Craig Baird Holden Bundaberg Racing / Walkinshaw Racing + 1:04.4449
18. Marcus Marshall Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 1:06.6828
19. Tim Blanchard Holden Stratco Racing / Kelly Racing + 1:07.5137
20. David Russell Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing + 1:11.4324
21. Daniel Gaunt Ford Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing + 1:15.8808
22. Michael Patrizi Ford Triple F Racing + 1:17.1434
23. Paul Morris Holden VIP Petfoods / Paul Morris Motorsport + 1:19.7650
24. David Besnard Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 1:21.3174
25. Richard Lyons Ford Mother Energy Racing Team / Tekno + 1:26.7615
26. David Brabham Ford Irwin / Stone Brothers Racing + 1:26.8770
27. Shane Price Holden Jana Living Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 1:27.1311
28. Andrew Jones Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing + 1:33.0470

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V8 Supercars L&H 500 Final Grid:

Driver / Co-Driver Entry / Team
1. Will Davison / Luke Youlden Ford Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing
2. Garth Tander / Nick Percat Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team
3. Shane van Gisbergen / John McIntyre Ford SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing
4. Jamie Whincup / Andrew Thompson Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing
5. Paul Dumbrell / Dean Canto Ford The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash
6. Craig Lowndes / Mark Skaife Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing
7. David Reynolds / Tim Blanchard Holden Stratco Racing / Kelly Racing
8. Greg Murphy / Allan Simonsen Holden Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing
9. Mark Winterbottom / Steve Richards Ford Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing
10. James Courtney / Cameron McConville Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team
11. Todd Kelly / David Russell Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing
12. Rick Kelly / Owen Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing
13. Michael Caruso / Marcus Marshall Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport
14. Fabian Coulthard / Craig Baird Holden Bundaberg Racing / Walkinsaw Racing
15. Steve Owen / Paul Morris Holden VIP Petfoods / Paul Morris Motorsport
16. Lee Holdsworth / Greg Ritter Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport
17. Warren Luff / Nathan Pretty Holden Gulf Western Oil / Lucas Dumbrell
18. Russell Ingall / Jack Perkins Holden Supercheap Auto / Paul Morris Motorsport
19. Dale Wood / Taz Douglas Ford Wilson Security / Tony D’Alberto Racing
20. James Moffat / Matt Halliday Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing
21. Tim Slade / Daniel Gaunt Ford Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing
22. Jason Bright / Andrew Jones Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing
23. Dean Fiore / Michael Patrizi Ford Triple F Racing
24. Jonathan Webb / Richard Lyons Ford Mother Energy Racing Team / Tekno
25. Karl Reindler / David Wall Holden Fair Dinkum Sheds / Brad Jones Racing
26. Steven Johnson / David Besnard Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing
27. Jason Bargwanna / Shane Price Holden Jana Living Racing / Brad Jones Racing
28. Alex Davison / David Brabham Ford Irwin / Stone Brothers Racing

[Image via V8 Supercars]

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