V8 Supercars Australia Championship
Davison Survives To Claim Second Race Win
WILL Davison has hung on to claim another race win in a nail-biting finish to the Tradingpost Perth Challenge.
Davison, on degarding soft tyres, held out a last lap charge from hard tyre-shod rivals Jamie Whincup and teammate Mark Winterbottom to chalk up his second race win of the day.
"What a race... I thought we were done there with that safety car, I thought how on earth am I going to do this?" said Davison, referring to the 35 laps he raced on his set of softs.
This is my sponsor's home event so to get two wins today, I couldn't be happier after yesterday.
"I looked after them as well as I could, but those last five laps ... I reckon I had nothing but canvas on the tyres!"
"This is my sponsor's home event so to get two wins today, I couldn't be happier after yesterday."
Mark Winterbottom made a bold move on Whincup at the final turn to snatch second- a battle that continued after the chequered flag- and record a 1-2 finish for Ford Performance Racing.
"I thought Jamie and Will were going to have a crack up around the top so I went as wide as I could, and we banged doors," said Winterbottom.
"That's probably the best finish we've ever had in Perth so it's been a great weekend."
The race was thrown into chaos when a safety car for a sandtrapped Taz Douglas on lap 14 picked up the wrong TeamVodafone car.
This shuffled the order and relegated effective race leaders Lowndes and van Gisbergen well down the middle of the order. Lowndes recovered to finish 6th while van Gisbergen's tyre troubles saw him finish 18th.
Jason Bright finished fourth, ahead of local West Aussie Michael Patrizi - his best race result of the year.
Fabian Coulthard was seventh, followed by Tim Slade, Michael Caruso and Steve Johnson.