Will Davison has won the last ever ‘Holden-versus-Ford’ V8 Supercars race, putting together a dominant run to victory around the streets of Sydney Olympic Park.
Key to the Ford Performance Racing driver’s success was a brave overtaking move on pole-sitter Garth Tander early on in the 74-lap race, and from that point he ran untroubled to the chequered flag.
Tander and team-mate James Courtney looked on course to deliver the Holden Racing Team its best finish of the 2012 season with a double-podium finish. The pair switched positions after the first round of pit stops, but Tander’s hopes came undone when he suffered a puncture which relegated him to a 16th-placed finish.
Courtney would hold onto second place for a while, only to be overhauled by Craig Lowndes, who leapfrogged ahead of the 2010 champion in the final sequence of pit stops.
Thereafter, he staged a brave fight trying to chase down Davison, but the Ford Performance Racing driver had enough in hand to claim his eighth win of the year, ensuring that FPR and TeamVodafone remained the season’s only race-winning teams in 2012.
Lowndes’ result ensured him of second place in the championship standings behind team-mate Jamie Whincup, who fought through from his 24th-placed starting position to finish in fifth place behind Tim Slade.
Lowndes’ only championship rival, Mark Winterbottom, had a disastrous finish to the best season of his career. He was taken out at Turn 1 by James Moffat, and then suffered a mid-race puncture, before he had to serve a pit-lane penalty. He finished a lowly 18th.
After the carnage in yesterday’s boiling conditions, today’s race featured fewer Safety Car interventions and incident.
The race’s two full-course caution periods came early on. The first was triggered by the departing Shane van Gisbergen, who had an insipid final outing in the championship, once again failing to complete a race lap when he retired on the opening lap.
Moments later, the safety car was out again when Greg Murphy and Michael Patrizi collided, leaving the former with race-ending damage in his final outing for the Kelly Racing stable.
The race also saw newly-crowned V8 Development Series champion Scott McLaughlin make a last-minute debut in the main championship. The youngster stood in for the unwell Alexandre Premat in the #33 GRM Holden Commodore after the Frenchman was hospitalised during yesterday’s race with dehydration. McLaughlin drove steadily to finish in 17th place, a lap down on winner Davison.
2012 V8 Supercars Sydney Telstra 500 – Race 1 Final Classification (74 laps):
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Will Davison||Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing||1:57:50.5999|
|2.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||+ 2.5831|
|3.||James Courtney||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||+ 4.5880|
|4.||Tim Slade||Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 8.1940|
|5.||Jamie Whincup||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||+ 24.5296|
|6.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||+ 28.2182|
|7.||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash||+ 37.7028|
|8.||Steve Owen||VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 46.2653|
|9.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 47.7089|
|10.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 48.6611|
|11.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||+ 50.0499|
|12.||Lee Holdsworth||Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 51.4782|
|13.||Taz Douglas||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 55.7044|
|14.||Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing||+ 56.3773|
|15.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 2:07.7787|
|16.||Garth Tander||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||1 lap behind|
|17.||Scott McLaughlin||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||1 lap behind|
|18.||Mark Winterbottom||Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing||1 lap behind|
|19.||Michael Patrizi||Tekno Autosports||1 lap behind|
|20.||Tim Blanchard||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||2 laps behind|
|21.||Dean Fiore||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||5 laps behind|
|22.||James Moffat||Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing||5 laps behind|
|DNF.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||72 laps|
|DNF.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing||34 laps|
|DNF.||Tony D’Alberto||HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing||29 laps|
|DNF.||David Wall||Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing||14 laps|
|DNF.||Greg Murphy||Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing||5 laps|
|DNF.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing||0 laps|