Whincup snatches Race 1 victory from Davison
Jamie Whincup has stolen victory from Will Davison in a thrilling fuel economy race at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide
A Safety Car period with 33 laps to go set up the dramatic finish, with Davison among many attempting to make it home without a final stop.
While the majority pitted over the closing laps, Davison stayed out in the lead of the race, before eventually being passed by Whincup at Turn 9 on the final lap.
Garth Tander was third having led Davison before making his final stop, while Craig Lowndes recovered from a midrace puncture to finish fourth.
Lee Holdsworth, Fabian Coulthard, Rick Kelly, Todd Kelly, Mark Winterbottom and Steven Johnson rounded out the top 10.
The race was marred by two big accidents at Turn 8, with James Courtney, Taz Douglas and Jason Bright all crashing out at the sweeper on Lap 5. The incident was triggered by a failure on Courtney’s car.
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FPR’s new recruit David Reynolds also found the wall at the same corner later in the day, resulting in the race-defining Safety Car.
Whincup had gone off-sequence early in the race by completing a short first stint, and pitted for the second time five laps before the crucial Safety Car.
Whincup then put in a storming third stint, repeatedly resetting the lap record as he pulled a 12s lead over the pursuing Garth Tander and Davison.
Making his final stop with 12 laps remaining, Whincup went faster again as he hunted down the leaders, eventually leaving the lap record at 1:21.05s.
Tander had led the early laps, but was soon overhauled by pole-sitter Lowndes. The Toll HRT Commodore brushed the Turn 8 exit wall soon after, and was lucky to escape without notable damage.
Jonathon Webb was the hard luck story of the race, with the Tekno Autosports drive backing up his fourth placed qualifying position by running inside the top 10 for the majority of the day. Late-race damage saw the #19 Commodore in for a lengthy pitstop, before eventually being classified 23rd.
Michael Caruso fared little better in 22nd after and early puncture, while Greg Murphy was 24th after breaking a damper midrace.
See below for the full Race 1 result
|1||TeamVodafone||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VE2||78||01:56:34.2914|
|2||Trading Post FPR Ford||Will Davison||Ford Falcon FG||78||01:56:39.8163|
|3||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VE2||78||01:56:55.0784|
|4||TeamVodafone||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VE2||78||01:57:13.5690|
|5||Irwin Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Ford Falcon FG||78||01:57:14.0389|
|6||Lockwood Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VE2||78||01:57:15.1127|
|7||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Holden Commodore VE2||78||01:57:16.0684|
|8||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Holden Commodore VE2||78||01:57:16.8003|
|9||Orrcon Steel FPR Ford||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG||78||01:57:18.8675|
|10||Jim Beam Racing||Steven Johnson||Ford Falcon FG||78||01:57:20.0157|
|11||SP Tools Racing||Shane Van Gisbergen||Ford Falcon FG||78||01:57:21.3316|
|12||Lucky 7 Racing||Tim Slade||Ford Falcon FG||78||01:57:22.0020|
|13||Supercheap Auto Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VE2||78||01:57:26.8003|
|14||Tekno Autosports||Michael Patrizi||Holden Commodore VE2||78||01:57:32.3598|
|15||Team Norton DJR||James Moffat||Ford Falcon FG||78||01:57:34.0494|
|16||Jim Beam Racing||Dean Fiore||Ford Falcon FG||78||01:57:38.0943|
|17||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Alexandre Premat||Holden Commodore VE2||78||01:57:50.6825|
|18||Wilson Security Racing||David Wall||Holden Commodore VE2||77||01:56:39.7479|
|19||V.I.P. Petfoods||Steve Owen||Ford Falcon FG||77||01:56:46.5581|
|20||Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing||Karl Reindler||Holden Commodore VE2||77||01:57:25.1651|
|21||Tony D’Alberto Racing||Tony D’Alberto||Ford Falcon FG||77||01:57:28.8299|
|22||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Michael Caruso||Holden Commodore VE2||77||01:57:39.1991|
|23||Tekno Autosports||Jonathon Webb||Holden Commodore VE2||76||01:56:40.7697|
|24||Pepsi Max Crew||Greg Murphy||Holden Commodore VE2||67||01:56:53.0618|
|DNF||The Bottle-O Racing Team||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG||44||01:06:38.8517|
|DNF||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VE2||4||5:49.2895|
|DNF||Team iSelect||Taz Douglas||Holden Commodore VE2||4||5:50.2093|
|DNF||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VE2||4||5:53.2114|