Davison reclaims series lead with win at Phillip Island

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Eric Mauk

Will Davison rebounded from a rough ride on Saturday at Phillip Island, dominating the Sunday V8 Supercar feature race to score his sixth series win of the year. Davison assumed the lead for good on the 24th of the day’s 45 laps and outlasted Craig Lowndes and Jason Bright for the victory.

The win, coupled with fifth- and sixth-place finishes respectively for title frontrunners Jamie Whincup and Mark Winterbottom, allowed Davison to re-take the series points lead after 11 events. Davison’s sixth win of the year and third in the last four events, boosted the Ford Performance Racing driver from third to first in the queue with a 10-point lead over defending series champion Whincup.

Davison pitted under an early caution as did many of the race leaders, and then waited behind Jason Bright as the former open-wheel driver stretched his fuel to meet a one-stop strategy. Bright pitted on Lap 23, ceding the lead to Davison, who immediately stretched his advantage to more than three seconds as he set up for his final stop. The strategy allowed Davison to get his service and still get back on course ahead of Bright and Whincup, giving the Ford pilot an advantage we would not relinquish.

Will Davison
Will Davison

Photo by: Edge Photographics

Meanwhile Lowndes was pounding through the field as he tried to make up for a stall on the grid that forced him to give up the pole position and start from Pit Lane. He got by Bright for second with four laps to go on the 12-turn Phillip Island course, but could not get close enough to challenge Davison.

“Long stints around here aren't easy and the tyres go away with lots of sliding," said Davison, When I saw Lowndes get by Bright I was pretty nervous. I was down last night, I didn't enjoy yesterday. I'm stoked with this one today."

Davison has been involved in a crash with then-points leader Whincup in Saturday’s race that took both cars out of the race, allowing race winner Mark Winterbottom to come to within 10 points of the series lead. Winterbottom finished sixth in Sunday’s feature, one spot behind Whincup.

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