Will Davison has ended a 28-month-long winless streak today, leading team-mate Mark Winterbottom home to claim a Ford Performance Racing 1-2 on the streets of Adelaide in today’s second leg of the Clipsal 500 season-opener for the V8 Supercars Championship.
If anything, the result was a redemption for the cruel blow handed out to Davison yesterday, when he was denied victory on the final lap of the race after the team’s gamble on a two-stop race strategy backfired when the three-stopping Jamie Whincup nipped through to claim victory.
With FPR having one of the best fuel consumption records on the grid, the team was able to reverse its fortunes with a straightforward win from Garth Tander, who had finished in third place in yesterday’s first race. The dominant Triple 8 Racing Holdens of Whincup and team-mate Craig Lowndes had to settle for fourth and fifth places, respectively.
But his reign at the front would prove short-lived, with Whincup forcing his way past the HRT driver on the eighth lap of the race.
Whincup was unable to eke out enough of an advantage, and he lost the race lead before half-distance when he reported that his car was suffering a momentary misfire. Tander took the lead without a second’s hesitation, and the FPR duo of Davison and Winterbottom nipped through as well.
The overnight set-up changes to the FPR cars had clearly done the trick, which allowed Davison and Winterbottom to pile pressure on Tander. On lap 47, Davison took the lead, and Winterbottom followed him through to bump Tander down to third.
And that’s the way the order ran, with Whincup keeping enough pace in hand to bring his car across the line in fourth, followed by team-mate Lowndes and Stone Brothers Ford driver Shane van Gisbergen, who completed the top-six.
Incredibly, the race ran lights-to-flag without a single safety car interruption, and this caused plenty of concern up and down the pit-lane as teams tried to run the 78-lap race on just two tyre and fuel stops.
It was also a race of surprisingly low attrition, with James Moffat being the race’s only retiree, courtesy of a power steering failure. James Courtney’s wretched weekend continued when he suffered a repeat of the driveshaft failure that saw him fail to register a qualifying time this morning; he would finish as the last runner after a lengthy pit stop to investigate the issue.
The circus now heads to Melbourne where it will be the lead support category during the Australian Grand Prix. Its races will not count towards the championship standings, which Davison currently leads from Whincup and Tander.
2012 V8 Supercars Clipsal 500 Adelaide – Race 2 Final Standings (78 laps):
|Driver||Entry / Team||Laps||Result|
|1.||Will Davison||Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing||78||1:48:31.423|
|2.||Mark Winterbottom||Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing||78||+ 4.845|
|3.||Garth Tander||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||78||+ 9.090|
|4.||Jamie Whincup||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||78||+ 21.175|
|5.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||78||+ 26.335|
|6.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing||78||+ 27.477|
|7.||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash||78||+ 35.859|
|8.||Lee Holdsworth||Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||78||+ 44.316|
|9.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||78||+ 54.339|
|10.||Tim Slade||Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||78||+ 54.404|
|11.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||78||+ 54.781|
|12.||Tony D’Alberto||Tony D’Alberto Racing||78||+ 1:05.310|
|13.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing||78||+ 1:19.877|
|14.||Steve Owen||VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing||77||+ 1 lap|
|15.||Michael Patrizi||Tekno Autosports||77||+ 1 lap|
|16.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||77||+ 1 lap|
|17.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||77||+ 1 lap|
|18.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||77||+ 1 lap|
|19.||Dean Fiore||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||77||+ 1 lap|
|20.||Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing||77||+ 1 lap|
|21.||David Wall||Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing||77||+ 1 lap|
|22.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||77||+ 1 lap|
|23.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||77||+ 1 lap|
|24.||Taz Douglas||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||77||+ 1 lap|
|25.||James Courtney||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||65||+ 13 laps|
|DNF.||James Moffat||Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing||16||+ 59.758|
|DNS.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||did not start|
|DNS.||Greg Murphy||Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing||did not start|
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