Will Davison hung on for a thrilling win at Barbagallo Raceway

Fresh from his win earlier in the day, Will Davison has ensured a Ford Performance Racing clean sweep at Barbagallo Raceway by claiming a thrilling win in the third and final race of the Trading Post Challenge.

The outcome of the race ultimately hinged on an early safety car period that placed major strain on most teams’ strategies, particularly those who had opted to start the race on the hard Dunlop tyre and needed to make the switch to the softer compound rubber during the race.

Those who had started the race on the softer tyres were in the pound seats, gaining early ground on their harder-shod rivals and were then best placed to make use of the safety car, which was brought out on Lap 14 following a collision between Taz Douglas and Tony D’Alberto.

Before this, pole-sitter Jamie Whincup had established an early lead in his TeamVodafone Commodore, running comfortably ahead of fellow soft-tyre runner Winterbottom. The biggest mover in the field was Jason Bright, who rocketed up the order in his Team BOC Commodore to third place, having started in 16th spot.

With the entire field peeling into the pits during the safety car, racing would eventually resume with that top three leading the field at the restart, but now shod on harder tyres and with a chasing softer-shod pack snapping at their heels.

At the front of that queue of soft-tyre runners was Davison and local driver Michael Patrizi, who had climbed up from 11th place in his Tekno Commodore.

It wouldn’t take long for that pair to work their way to the front of the field ahead of Whincup and Winterbottom, while Bright started to be overtaken by other soft-tyre runners further back.

Ultimately, a 33-lap stint on the softer tyres would prove too much for most, and the pendulum then swung back into the hands of Whincup, Winterbottom and Bright, who started to work their way forward again.

Whincup and Winterbottom got by Patrizi and had just six laps of the race to close down and overhaul Davison.

Winterbottom sneaks by Whincup at the final corner to claim second placeWith two laps the go, the pair was right on Davison’s tail, and the Ford driver used every trick in the book to keep them behind in a thrilling climax to the race.

On the final lap and at the final corner, Whincup made one last try, but was outfoxed by Winterbottom, who snuck underneath him to snatch second place – the trio crossed the line covered by less than a second, while a fast-closing Bright finished fourth, less than two seconds behind an ecstatic Davison.

Patrizi hung on to finish a career-best fifth in an outstanding drive, while Craig Lowndes staged an impressive recovery drive – having been badly caught out in the pit stops – to finish sixth.

2012 V8 Supercars Trading Post Perth Challenge – Race 3 Result (50 laps):

Driver Entry / Team Laps Result
1. Will Davison Ford Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing 50 50:38.3093
2. Mark Winterbottom Ford Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing 50 + 0.4947
3. Jamie Whincup Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing 50 + 0.5534
4. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing 50 + 1.9464
5. Michael Patrizi Holden Tekno Autosports 50 + 5.4920
6. Craig Lowndes Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing 50 + 14.4271
7. Fabian Coulthard Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing 50 + 17.2996
8. Tim Slade Ford Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing 50 + 17.4375
9. Michael Caruso Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport 50 + 21.0205
10. Steven Johnson Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing 50 + 21.4483
11. Greg Murphy Holden Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing 50 + 22.6970
12. James Courtney Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team 50 + 25.9236
13. Russell Ingall Holden Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing 50 + 26.7369
14. Garth Tander Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team 50 + 31.2808
15. Dean Fiore Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing 50 + 31.6787
16. Steve Owen Ford VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing 50 + 35.9661
17. Karl Reindler Holden Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing 50 + 36.2146
18. Shane van Gisbergen Ford SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing 50 + 41.0404
19. Rick Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing 50 + 41.3609
20. Jonathon Webb Holden Tekno Autosports 50 + 43.1531
21. Lee Holdsworth Ford Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing 50 + 45.9684
22. James Moffat Ford Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing 50 + 49.1682
23. Todd Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing 50 + 59.2442
24. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport 49 + 1 lap
25. Taz Douglas Holden Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 47 + 3 laps
26. David Reynolds Ford The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash 45 + 5 laps
  Not Classified        
DNF. David Wall Holden Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing 46 46 laps
DNF. Tony D’Alberto Ford HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing 14 14 laps

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