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||Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing||45||1:19:46.1086|
|2.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||45||+ 0.5552|
|3.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||45||+ 5.2011|
|4.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing||45||+ 6.0878|
|5.||Jamie Whincup||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||45||+ 6.4213|
|6.||Mark Winterbottom||Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing||45||+ 6.6887|
|7.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||45||+ 7.4403|
|8.||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash||45||+ 11.1860|
|9.||Lee Holdsworth||Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||45||+ 13.1644|
|10.||Garth Tander||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||45||+ 13.3078|
|11.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||45||+ 16.7776|
|12.||Tim Slade||Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||45||+ 17.1196|
|13.||James Courtney||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||45||+ 17.5787|
|14.||Greg Murphy||Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing||45||+ 18.4873|
|15.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing||45||+ 19.8158|
|16.||James Moffat||Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing||45||+ 26.3905|
|17.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||45||+ 26.5117|
|18.||Taz Douglas||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||45||+ 26.5931|
|19.||Dean Fiore||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||45||+ 26.8057|
|20.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||45||+ 39.4613|
|21.||Steve Owen||VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing||45||+ 1:35.1688|
|22.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||42||+ 3 laps|
|23.||Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing||42||+ 3 laps|
|24.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||42||+ 3 laps|
|25.||Michael Patrizi||Tekno Autosports||41||+ 4 laps|
|DNF.||David Wall||Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing||35||35 laps|
|DNF.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||8||8 laps|
|DNF.||Tony D’Alberto||HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing||3||3 laps|