On the back of co-driver Steve Owen’s hard charge to second place in today’s earlier Qualifying Sprint Race, Will Davison has gone one better in the second sprint race leg to give the pair pole position for Sunday’s Sandown 500.
After Owen had ensured a front-row start for the Ford Performance Racing driver, Davison did the rest, blasting clear of pole-sitter Jamie Whincup as the race got underway before cruising to a 5.6-second win.
Whincup led home teammate Craig Lowndes – who is targeting his fourth ‘500’ win on the trot – to complete the podium in what was a very pedestrian race, compared to the exciting and rather ill-disciplined opener staged by the series regulars’ co-drivers.
Mark Winterbottom was one of a handful of drivers to work his way forward. With co-driver Steven Richards managing to atone for ‘Frosty’s’ disappointing twelfth-placed qualifying effort by finishing sixth in the opener, the FPR driver gained two further positions to net fourth, passing Chaz Mostert on the penultimate lap.
Winterbottom’s FPR stablemate David Reynolds finished in sixth place to give the Blue Oval four of the top-six places, while James Courtney, Tim Slade, Scott McLaughlin and Todd Kelly rounded out the top ten positions.
The one moment of major drama came at the start with Garth Tander completely fluffing his start, falling from fourth to sixteenth by the opening corner. His slow-starting Holden triggered a bit of biff-and-barge in the lower midfield, with Nissan duo Michael Caruso and Rick Kelly triggering spins for Maro Engel and Dean Fiore at Turn 1 in a four-wide squeeze for track position.
Alex Davison took damage in the melee and had to pit for repairs, while Fiore was an instant retiree and will share the back row of tomorrow’s starting grid with the Ford driver.
The action resumes tomorrow with a twenty-minute warm-up that precedes the 500-kilometre, 161-lap main event race. Davison and Owen will have their work cut out to be the first pairing since the 1996 event to win from pole position.
2013 V8 Supercars Sandown 500 – Sprint Race 2 Final Classification (20 laps):
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Will Davison||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||23:19.2166|
|2.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 5.6534|
|3.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 6.2144|
|4.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 8.5295|
|6.||Chaz Mostert||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 9.0362|
|6.||David Reynolds||Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 9.3283|
|7.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 9.8601|
|8.||Tim Slade||Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 10.2364|
|9.||Scott McLaughlin||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 14.8995|
|10.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 17.0720|
|11.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 17.6417|
|12.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 18.3745|
|13.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 18.6760|
|14.||Shane van Gisbergen||VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports||+ 19.2487|
|15.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 23.2755|
|16.||Russell Ingall||SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR||+ 28.8479|
|17.||Tony D’Alberto||HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 29.0968|
|18.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 29.8171|
|19.||Lee Holdsworth||IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 30.6143|
|20.||James Moffat||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 31.7412|
|21.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 32.1141|
|22.||Tim Blanchard||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 32.5073|
|23.||Jonathon Webb||Darrell Lea Racing / Tekno Autosports||+ 33.8746|
|24.||Michael Caruso||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 33.9821|
|25.||Maro Engel||SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 34.0917|
|26.||Scott Pye||EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 43.1879|
|27.||Alex Davison||Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 1 lap|
|DNF.||Dean Fiore||Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||0 laps|