The pair of Garth Tander and Will Davison dominated the Norton 360 Sandown Challenge with Davison taking the chequered flag in race 1 on Saturday and backing up teammate Tander as the pair crossed the line in a 1, 2 finish. Garth Tander...
The pair of Garth Tander and Will Davison dominated the Norton 360 Sandown Challenge with Davison taking the chequered flag in race 1 on Saturday and backing up teammate Tander as the pair crossed the line in a 1, 2 finish.
Davison dominated qualifying and started from pole position for the 100 kilometre race on Saturday only to have Jamie Whincup in the Team Vodafone Falcon beat him off the line, however Davison who was on his home track didn't give up that easily and managed to pass his former flat mate on the back part of the Sandown circuit and hung onto the lead for his first victory since switching to the number one Holden Team.
Today, Davison had to follow in Tander's footsteps, as he qualified on the front row and with the exception of a number of safety car periods and well thought out pit stops, he lead from start to finish. Although Davison was several seconds behind Tander in the latter stages of the 65 lap race, Tander eased off to allow Davison to join him in a 1, 2 finish as they crossed the line.
Davison's first and second placings over the weekend has cut into the points lead of defending and series leader Whincup, who hung on to grab 3rd spot after finishing 6th in Saturday's race. Whincup's teammate, Craig Lowndes who grabbed a podium position on Saturday finished 5th after clawing his way back through the field.
Despite Tander's win, the weekend belonged to Davison, who's family have a long history and connection to Sandown, although some of the memories are not the most pleasant with his grandfather being killed here. Will's brother Alex is settling into his career in V8 Supercars after several seasons in the Porsche Cup series and finished 17th driving the Irwin Racing Ford.
With only the Queensland round to go before the enduro races at Phillip Island and Bathurst, Davison realises now that it is time to roll his sleeves up and put the pressure on Whincup if he is ever going to be a threat for the Championship. Being only 117 points back in the standings Davison showed over the weekend that he is a serious contender for the title.