Having lost his lead in the V8 Supercars championship to main rival Jamie Whincup, Will Davison has bounced back to claim his fourth win of the season, claiming victory in the second race of the three-race Trading Post Challenge at Barbagallo Raceway.
Whincup took over the title lead after Davison was caught up in the first-lap accident in yesterday’s race, which was won by Davison’s Ford Performance Racing team-mate Mark Winterbottom.
With most of the frontrunners opting to start the race on Dunlop’s harder tyres, Davison (starting from third place) went for a reversal of this strategy, and used the superior grip afforded to him to move into the lead by the end of the third lap.
He quickly set about building a lead over Davison, and controlled the pace until he made his compulsory pit stop at half-distance.
Once Whincup had switched to the soft tyres, he started to close back up to Davison, but the Ford driver always had the race under control, crossing the line 2.9 seconds clear of his main championship rival.
Whincup’s second place came under a brief attack by Winterbottom in the sister FPR entry, but ‘Frosty’ was unable to make his tyres last, and had to drop back to ensure he finished third.
Fourth place went to Fabian Coulthard, with the Brad Jones Racing driver making a late charge to claim fourth place, passing Lee Holdsworth on the penultimate lap.
With Holdsworth demoted to fifth, the top-ten places were completed by Craig Lowndes, Tim Slade, Jason Bright, David Reynolds (despite a jump-start pit-lane penalty) and Garth Tander.
2012 V8 Supercars Trading Post Perth Challenge – Race 2 Result (50 laps):
|Driver||Entry / Team||Laps||Result|
|1.||Will Davison||Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing||50||49:02.2171|
|2.||Jamie Whincup||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||50||+ 2.9203|
|3.||Mark Winterbottom||Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing||50||+ 10.1583|
|4.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||50||+ 12.7050|
|5.||Lee Holdsworth||Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||50||+ 16.0736|
|6.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||50||+ 19.6121|
|7.||Tim Slade||Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||50||+ 20.2678|
|8.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||50||+ 21.9040|
|9.||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash||50||+ 25.5056|
|10.||Garth Tander||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||50||+ 30.3445|
|11.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing||50||+ 38.4834|
|12.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||50||+ 39.5212|
|13.||James Courtney||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||50||+ 40.2818|
|14.||Michael Patrizi||Tekno Autosports||50||+ 44.9573|
|15.||Tony D’Alberto||HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing||50||+ 45.8490|
|16.||Greg Murphy||Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing||50||+ 46.2791|
|17.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing||50||+ 48.8883|
|18.||Dean Fiore||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||50||+ 51.2257|
|19.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||50||+ 55.5475|
|20.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||50||+ 55.8612|
|21.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||49||+ 1 lap|
|22.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||49||+ 1 lap|
|23.||Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing||49||+ 1 lap|
|24.||James Moffat||Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing||49||+ 1 lap|
|25.||David Wall||Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing||49||+ 1 lap|
|26.||Taz Douglas||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||49||+ 1 lap|
|27.||Steve Owen||VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing||48||+ 2 laps|
|28.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||47||+ 3 laps|