Davison/Salo break Triple Eight streak in Race 23

Sunday 21st October, 2012


Author: Stefan Bartholomaeus ©

Will Davison has led home Jamie Whincup at Surfers Paradise

Will Davison has led home Jamie Whincup at Surfers Paradise

Will Davison and Mika Salo have combined to win Race 23 of the V8 Supercars Championship at the Armor All Gold Coast 600.

A race dominated by strategy and debris Safety Cars ended with Davison holding out Saturday winner Jamie Whincup over a final seven lap sprint to the flag.

The pair were separated by just 0.5s at the end of the 102 laps, with Davison holding on to break TeamVodafone’s 11 race winning streak.

The combined results from the two races see Whincup’s co-driver Sebastien Bourdais win the Dan Wheldon Trophy for the second consecutive year.

The Mark Winterbottom/Will Power FPR Ford finished third ahead of Tim Slade/David Brabham, Garth Tander/Ryan Briscoe, Craig Lowndes/Richard Lyons, Russell Ingall/Peter Dumbreck, Lee Holdsworth/Simon Pagenaud, Shane van Gisbergen/Jeroen Bleekemolen and Fabian Coulthard/Nicolas Minassian.

Davison’s chances looked bleak in the early when Salo locked a front-tyre on just the third lap, leaving the Finn struggling to keep pace behind leaders Bourdais and Marc Lieb.

The Trading Post FPR team’s prayers were answered when the Safety Car (to reset the tyre bundle at Turn 1) appeared on Lap 13, allowing Salo to pit. One of several to take the option, the strategy saw Salo stay in the car for a full 65 laps before handing over to Davison.

TeamVodafone meanwhile ran the conventional strategy of leaving its co-drivers on track until their minimum 34 laps were complete, allowing Bourdais and Whincup to lead much of the going.

Stone Brothers Racing took a third option, calling Brabham in under a Safety Car (for debris) that fell just shy of the co-driver window, leaving the part-timer to complete two full stints in Slade’s car.

The next debris Safety Car on Lap 72 triggered race leader Whincup’s final stop, from which he rejoined behind Slade and Davison. It didn’t take long for the duo to dispose of the Lucky 7 Ford on the restart, but the TeamVodafone driver could do little about his Ford rival, despite having tyres that were some 16 laps fresher.

Winterbottom, whose car ran a similar strategy to Whincup’s, climbed passed Ingall, Tander and Slade following the penultimate restart before settling into third.

Tander, Ingall, Holdsworth and Coulthard all finished in the Top 10 after following the winning car’s strategy, while Van Gisbergen climbed to ninth after running to the more conventional driver windows.

Lowndes’ sixth place, meanwhile, came despite a clutch problem that emerged midrace, forcing the three-time champion to turn his car off during its second pitstop, costing valuable seconds.

The Jonathon Webb/Marc Lieb and James Courtney/Darren Turner Holdens both ran in the top 10 for much of the day before a penalty for excessive kerb hopping and a late incident with Ingall respectively dropped the two cars down the order.

Just 24 cars started the race following yesterday’s carnage and Michael Patrizi’s qualifying accident this morning.

The James Moffat/Peter Kox entry was on the sidelines after suffering a driveline failure at the start, ensuring Moffat would complete no racing laps for the second consecutive day.

Stephane Sarrazin also had an early shower after breaking the Team BOC Holden on the Turn 11 concrete on Lap 19, while Michael Caruso was forced to abandon the #34 Fujitsu Holden in the Turn 4 escape road after being released from his pitstop without a right-rear wheel.

Tim Blanchard and Marco Andretti were the only other retirement – the Jack Daniel’s Racing Holden parked after 69 laps with differential issues.

Whincup now leads Winterbottom by 218 points with just three events and seven races remaining.

See below for the full race result

1W.Davison/M.SaloFord Falcon FG10202:16:06.9161
2J.Whincup/S.BourdaisHolden Commodore VE210202:16:07.4184
3M.Winterbottom/W.PowerFord Falcon FG10202:16:09.1092
4T.Slade/D.BrabhamFord Falcon FG10202:16:11.6744
5G.Tander/R.BriscoeHolden Commodore VE210202:16:13.6366
6C.Lowndes/R.LyonsHolden Commodore VE210202:16:16.8583
7R.Ingall/P.DumbreckHolden Commodore VE210202:16:18.4049
8L.Holdsworth/S.PagenaudFord Falcon FG10202:16:18.5227
9S.Van Gisbergen/Ford Falcon FG10202:16:19.6140
10F.Coulthard/N.MinassianHolden Commodore VE210202:16:19.7651
11R.Kelly/G.RahalHolden Commodore VE210202:16:20.7902
12S.Johnson/M.PapisFord Falcon FG10202:16:20.8178
13D.Reynolds/N.HeidfeldFord Falcon FG10202:16:21.4886
14J.Webb/M.LiebHolden Commodore VE210202:16:23.9291
15D.Wall/J.Campbell-WalterHolden Commodore VE210202:16:24.9199
16T.Douglas/M.ConwayHolden Commodore VE210202:16:28.2945
17J.Courtney/D.TurnerHolden Commodore VE210202:17:22.3403
18S.Owen/B.SaidFord Falcon FG10102:16:50.3348
19D.Fiore/G.MorbidelliFord Falcon FG 9102:16:51.9380
20G.Murphy/J.WilsonHolden Commodore VE2 8802:16:59.6452
DNFT.Blanchard/M.AndrettiHolden Commodore VE2 6901:47:28.0969
DNFM.Caruso/J.HinchcliffeHolden Commodore VE2 34   48:31.0935
DNFStephane SarrazinHolden Commodore VE2 18   27:23.2452
DNFPeter KoxFord Falcon FG

See below for the updated championship points after 23 of 30 races (Top 28 only)

1Jamie Whincup3060
2Mark Winterbottom2842
3Craig Lowndes2815
4Will Davison2503
5Shane Van Gisbergen2182
6Tim Slade2085
7Garth Tander2030
8David Reynolds1746
9James Courtney1725
10Lee Holdsworth1719
11Fabian Coulthard1691
12Russell Ingall1628
13Michael Caruso1517
14Jonathon Webb1515
15Rick Kelly1488
16Jason Bright1438
17Steven Johnson1359
18Todd Kelly1263
19Dean Fiore1147
20Steve Owen1073
21Michael Patrizi1072
22David Wall 949
23Tony D’Alberto 917
24James Moffat 892
25Taz Douglas 852
26Karl Reindler 830
27Alexandre Premat 782
28Greg Murphy 613

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