Will Davison claimed a narrow win from FPR team-mate Mark Winterbottom at the first race of the Falken Tasmania Challenge

Will Davison and Mark Winterbottom have helped Ford Performance Racing claim its second race 1-2 in as many races after the works drivers raced nose-to-tail in today’s first race at the Falken Tasmania Challenge at Symmons Plains Raceway.

Starting on the front row, Davison managed to get the jump on pole-sitting team-mate Winterbottom as the race got underway, and quickly built himself a small lead while Winterbottom was engaged in an early race battle with Jamie Whincup.

Whincup managed to squeeze by Winterbottom on the opening lap after a bit of panel-rubbing action between the two, but the compulsory pit-stop saw the positions between the pair reversed when ‘Frosty’ pitted on Lap 23.

Davison pitted a lap later, and despite a slower pit stop, he managed to rejoin in an effective lead, just ahead of Winterbottom, who proceeded to harry his team-mate for the lead over the remaining 25 laps.

Davison’s cause was not helped when he started to lose feeling in his right foot – a medical issue he has been suffering intermittently for some time – but he managed to hold on for his second win in as many championship races.

Whincup and van Gisbergen disputed the final podium position, with the TeamVodafone driver eventually easing out a four-second margin over the New Zealander.

Fifth place went to Whincup’s team-mate Craig Lowndes, who had to twice overtake David Reynolds during the race – once before the pit stops, and then again when Reynolds emerged ahead as they exited the pits.

The top-ten places were completed by Garth Tander (Holden Racing Team), Tim Slade (Stone Brothers Racing), Lee Holdsworth (Stone Brothers Racing) and Todd Kelly (Kelly Racing).

Taz Douglas (Lucas Dumbrell Holden) managed to run inside the top-ten for much of the race, but lost three positions in the closing laps, fading to twelfth.

The luckless Jonathon Webb had another potential top-ten result go begging, this time being forced to retire his Tekno Holden with brake problems after he overshot the Turn 4 hairpin on several occasions during the race.

Davison’s win means he extends his championship lead to 39 points over Whincup, with Winterbottom a further 39 points behind in third.

Tomorrow’s action will see the drivers tackle a longer 84-lap race, preceded by another twenty-minute qualifying session.

2012 V8 Supercars Falken Tasmania Challenge – Race 1 Result (59 laps):

Driver Entry / Team Laps Result
1. Will Davison Ford Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing 59 52:30.5845
2. Mark Winterbottom Ford Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing 59 + 0.6395
3. Jamie Whincup Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing 59 + 9.1028
4. Shane van Gisbergen Ford SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing 59 + 13.3803
5. Craig Lowndes Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing 59 + 13.7788
6. David Reynolds Ford The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash 59 + 18.8631
7. Garth Tander Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team 59 + 20.2176
8. Tim Slade Ford Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing 59 + 20.4327
9. Lee Holdsworth Ford Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing 59 + 27.3373
10. Todd Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing 59 + 31.1626
11. Steven Johnson Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing 59 + 36.5306
12. Taz Douglas Holden Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 59 + 37.1313
13. Steve Owen Ford VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing 59 + 39.0861
14. James Moffat Ford Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing 59 + 39.5981
15. Michael Caruso Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport 59 + 40.3658
16. Fabian Coulthard Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing 59 + 48.8080
17. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport 59 + 51.8426
18. James Courtney Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team 58 + 1 lap
19. Rick Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing 58 + 1 lap
20. Michael Patrizi Holden Tekno Autosports 58 + 1 lap
21. David Russell Holden Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing 58 + 1 lap
22. Dean Fiore Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing 58 + 1 lap
23. Karl Reindler Holden Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing 58 + 1 lap
24. Russell Ingall Holden Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing 57 + 2 laps
25. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing 51 + 8 laps
26. Tony D’Alberto Ford Tony D’Alberto Racing 49 + 10 laps
DNF. Jonathon Webb Holden Tekno Autosports 26 Brakes
DNF. David Wall Holden Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing 20 Mechanical

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