Will Davison and Mark Winterbottom have given Ford Performance Racing (FPR) a one-two finish in the second leg of the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.
Davison grabbed the lead from Holden Racing Team's Garth Tander in the second stint in a move that also saw teammate Orrcon Steel FPR driver Winterbottom follow him through into second place. The pair then pulled away over the remaining 31 laps to secure FPR’s first one-two since 2008 and 29-year-old Davison’s first win for the team.
“It feels pretty magic to win today,” said the Tradingpost FPR driver. “My first for the team, the first for my engineer Grant (McPherson) and the first ever for Tradingpost in V8 Supercars so a lot of people are happy today.
“Yesterday I thought I would finally get the monkey off my back, but it wasn't to be so I could not be happier with today's win. It has been a long time coming so I am sure we will enjoy it.
“The car was just amazing in the race. We adjusted it on the run and fuel economy was again our strength which should come in handy as the year progresses. It was great to have Mark finish second as the team really deserve it. This one is for them.”
Davison’s victory, combined with his second place finish in race one yesterday, gives him the lead in the V8 Supercar championship driver standings with 288 points from Tander and Whincup.
Taking third, Tander made it two podium finishes in two days, while TeamVodafone pair Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes could only manage fourth and fifth.
Tander had got the jump on pole-sitter Whincup into the first turn, before Whincup retook the lead with a pass at Turn 9 eight laps in. But trouble struck for the race one winner as he complained of an engine misfire and 37 laps in, he slipped from first to fourth.
Lowndes who had earlier been docked 25 points for an incident involving Jack Daniel’s Racing’s Todd Kelly in Saturday’s opener, struggled for pace in the second half of the race, but managed to make it home on just two stops despite a short first stint.
Shane van Gisbergen (SP Tools Racing), David Reynolds (The Bottle-O Racing Team), Lee Holdsworth (IRWIN Racing), Fabian Coulthard (Lockwood Racing) and Tim Slade (Lucky 7 Racing) rounding out the top 10. Coulthard's drive was made all the more impressive as he had to endure sweltering temperatures of 50 degrees in his cockpit after his cool-suit failed on lap four of the 78-lap race.
With no safety cars required for the race duration, fuel economy was a concern in the closing stages. The only frontrunner to lose out however, was Rick Kelly (Jack Daniels Racing), forced to pit from seventh for a splash of fuel on the penultimate lap, dropping him to 12th at the finish.
Only 26 cars had started the race after Jonathon Webb (Tekno Autosports) and Greg Murphy (Pepsi Max Crew) failed to make the grid. Both cars were badly damaged when Murphy rear-ended Webb at speed in a huge crash during the qualifying session.
It was also a weekend to forget for James Courtney (Holden Racing Team). After failing to finish on Saturday, a broken tailshaft meant he was unable to complete a lap during qualifying. Starting from the rear of the grid for Sunday’s race, he suffered a second tailshaft failure that left him in 25th and 13 laps down.
The V8 Supercars now head to Albert Park for the non-championship event at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in a fortnight’s time. The next championship event will be at Symmons Plains in Tasmania on March 30-April 1.