Will Davison takes race two of the Tradingpost Perth Challenge Photo credit: Ford Performance Racing

Will Davison takes race two of the Tradingpost Perth Challenge Photo credit: Ford Performance Racing

Will Davison has won the second race of the Tradingpost Perth Challenge at the Barbagallo Raceway, ahead of pole-sitter Jamie Whincup and FPR teammate Mark Winterbottom.

Davison, starting third on the grid was the only front-runner to start the 50 lap race on the soft tyres and just one of four drivers in the 28-strong field to start the race on the faster compound. The gamble paid off and Davison overtook teammate Winterbottom for second by the end of the first lap. Two laps later he pounced for the lead overtaking his TeamVodafone rival on the inside, building a six second lead before the midrace pitstop. Whincup made the switch to softs when he pitted on lap 25 and chipped away at Davison’s lead but the Tradingpost FPR driver held the lead to the chequered flag.

Race one winner Winterbottom harried Whincup after the pitstops, but the Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon fell away as the laps took a toll on his soft tyres.

“They were  coming at me and I was just hoping that their softs would start dropping off,” said Davison.

“The car was super consistent and it worked a treat, I’m stoked.”

“We’ve found at times that when there’s more soft tyre running the track goes a bit slippery which makes it worse on the hard tyres, but my car certainly hung in there beautifully.”

“It was a nervewracking race but I just kept my cool. After yesterday this is such a good way to bounce back.”

A late surge from Fabian Coulthard saw the Lockwood Racing driver charge to fourth ahead of IRWIN Racing's Lee Holdsworth. Craig Lowndes took the second TeamVodafone car from 14th on the grid to sixth with Tim Slade (Lucky 7 Racing), Jason Bright (TeamBOC), David Reynolds (The Bottle-O Racing Team) and Garth Tander (Holden Racing Team) rounded out the top ten.

Davison’s fourth win of the year trimmed Whincup’s series lead from 51 to 43 ahead of the Perth round finale.

Whincup will again start from pole after topping the double qualifying sessions.

Race 8 result:

1 Will Davison Trading Post FPR Ford Ford Falcon FG 50 49:02.2171
2 Jamie Whincup TeamVodafone Holden Commodore VE2 50 49:05.1374
3 Mark Winterbottom Orrcon Steel FPR Ford Ford Falcon FG 50 49:12.3754
4 Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing Holden Commodore VE2 50 49:14.9221
5 Lee Holdsworth Irwin Racing Ford Falcon FG 50 49:18.2907
6 Craig Lowndes TeamVodafone Holden Commodore VE2 50 49:21.8292
7 Tim Slade Lucky 7 Racing Ford Falcon FG 50 49:22.4849
8 Jason Bright Team BOC Holden Commodore VE2 50 49:24.1211
9 David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team Ford Falcon FG 50 49:27.7227
10 Garth Tander Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VE2 50 49:32.5616
11 Shane Van Gisbergen SP Tools Racing Ford Falcon FG 50 49:40.7005
12 Michael Caruso Fujitsu Racing GRM Holden Commodore VE2 50 49:41.7383
13 James Courtney Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VE2 50 49:42.4989
14 Michael Patrizi Tekno Autosports Holden Commodore VE2 50 49:47.1744
15 Tony D'Alberto Tony D'Alberto Racing Ford Falcon FG 50 49:48.0661
16 Greg Murphy Pepsi Max Crew Holden Commodore VE2 50 49:48.4962
17 Russell Ingall Supercheap Auto Racing Holden Commodore VE2 50 49:51.1054
18 Dean Fiore Jim Beam Racing Ford Falcon FG 50 49:53.4428
19 Steven Johnson Jim Beam Racing Ford Falcon FG 50 49:57.7646
20 Rick Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore VE2 50 49:58.0783
21 Jonathon Webb Tekno Autosports Holden Commodore VE2 49 49:03.7883
22 Todd Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore VE2 49 49:08.8792
23 Karl Reindler Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Holden Commodore VE2 49 49:08.9218
24 James Moffat Team Norton DJR Ford Falcon FG 49 49:10.5559
25 David Wall Wilson Security Racing Holden Commodore VE2 49 49:14.2767
26 Taz Douglas Team iSelect Holden Commodore VE2 49 49:18.8173
27 Steve Owen VIP Petfoods Ford Falcon FG 48 49:28.6544
28 Alexandre Premat Fujitsu Racing GRM Holden Commodore VE2 47 49:47.8984