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|