Will Davison and co-driver Steve Owen have pole position for the Sandown 500

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 Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing 23:19.2166
2. Jamie Whincup Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering + 5.6534
3. Craig Lowndes Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering + 6.2144
4. Mark Winterbottom Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 8.5295
6. Chaz Mostert Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 9.0362
6. David Reynolds Ford Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 9.3283
7. James Courtney Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 9.8601
8. Tim Slade AMG Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 10.2364
9. Scott McLaughlin Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 14.8995
10. Todd Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 17.0720
11. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing + 17.6417
12. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 18.3745
13. Garth Tander Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 18.6760
14. Shane van Gisbergen Holden VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports + 19.2487
15. Fabian Coulthard Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 23.2755
16. Russell Ingall Holden SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR + 28.8479
17. Tony D’Alberto Holden HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing + 29.0968
18. David Wall Holden Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 29.8171
19. Lee Holdsworth AMG IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 30.6143
20. James Moffat Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 31.7412
21. Rick Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 32.1141
22. Tim Blanchard Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 32.5073
23. Jonathon Webb Holden Darrell Lea Racing / Tekno Autosports + 33.8746
24. Michael Caruso Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 33.9821
25. Maro Engel AMG SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 34.0917
26. Scott Pye Holden EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 43.1879
27. Alex Davison Ford Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 1 lap
  Not Classified      
DNF. Dean Fiore Holden Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 0 laps

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