Will Davison has claimed victory and the championship lead

Will Davison has bounced back in style after his late retirement in yesterday’s opening race to win today’s final race of the V8 Supercars Phillip Island 300, a result that also gives him back the lead in the Drivers’ Championship standings.

If yesterday’s race was thought of as action-packed, then today’s longer, 200-kilometre race was doubly so. There were no less than four separate safety car interruptions, which opened up a host of strategic options for the drivers and teams. Most elected to go with the conventional two-stop strategy, while a handful opted for the risker single-stop ‘economy run’.

One driver who made this work was Jason Bright, who drove impeccably to finish third, being passed late in the race by a fast-charging Craig Lowndes, who was recovering from an embarrassing stall from pole position as the race got underway.

The TeamVodafone driver tumbled down the order to ninth by the end of the opening lap as he spluttered off the line.

But the safety car interruptions helped his cause enormously with each field compression, and he closed right up to the back of Davison on the 45th and final lap.

Despite clearly being quicker than Davison, Lowndes was unable to find a way by, finishing right behind the Ford driver as the chequered flag was unfurled.


2012 V8 Supercars Phillip Island 300 – Race 2 Result (32 laps):

Driver Entry / Team Laps Result
1. Will Davison Ford Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing 45 1:19:46.1086
2. Craig Lowndes Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing 45 + 0.5552
3. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing 45 + 5.2011
4. Shane van Gisbergen Ford SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing 45 + 6.0878
5. Jamie Whincup Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing 45 + 6.4213
6. Mark Winterbottom Ford Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing 45 + 6.6887
7. Jonathon Webb Holden Tekno Autosports 45 + 7.4403
8. David Reynolds Ford The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash 45 + 11.1860
9. Lee Holdsworth Ford Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing 45 + 13.1644
10. Garth Tander Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team 45 + 13.3078
11. Todd Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing 45 + 16.7776
12. Tim Slade Ford Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing 45 + 17.1196
13. James Courtney Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team 45 + 17.5787
14. Greg Murphy Holden Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing 45 + 18.4873
15. Russell Ingall Holden Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing 45 + 19.8158
16. James Moffat Ford Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing 45 + 26.3905
17. Steven Johnson Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing 45 + 26.5117
18. Taz Douglas Holden Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 45 + 26.5931
19. Dean Fiore Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing 45 + 26.8057
20. Michael Caruso Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport 45 + 39.4613
21. Steve Owen Ford VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing 45 + 1:35.1688
22. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport 42 + 3 laps
23. Karl Reindler Holden Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing 42 + 3 laps
24. Fabian Coulthard Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing 42 + 3 laps
25. Michael Patrizi Holden Tekno Autosports 41 + 4 laps
  Not Classified        
DNF. David Wall Holden Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing 35 35 laps
DNF. Rick Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing 8 8 laps
DNF. Tony D’Alberto Ford HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing 3 3 laps

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