Will Davison leads FPR one-two in Adelaide
Will Davison has led a Ford Performance Racing one-two in today’s second leg of the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide
Davison took the lead from Garth Tander late in the second stint in a move that also saw the Orrcon Falcon sneak into second place.
Tander went on to finish third, with Jamie Whincup, Craig Lowndes, Shane van Gisbergen, David Reynolds, Lee Holdsworth, Fabian Coulthard and Tim Slade rounding out the top 10.
The race went Safety Car free-for its entire 78 lap duration, once again placing an emphasis on fuel economy.
Tander led early after a strong start, before Whincup took over the front-running eight laps in.
Whincup’s race would take a turn for the worse early in the second stint, where an engine misfire forced the TeamVodafone Commodore to let Tander, Davison and Winterbottom through. Whincup eventually finished 21s down on race winner Davison in fourth.
Craig Lowndes also lacked pace in the second half of the race as he conserved fuel, eventually finishing fifth. Yesterday’s pole sitter did well to make it home on just two stops having been switched from a three-stopper following Whincup’s issue.
It was a tough afternoon for Jack Daniel’s Racing, with Rick Kelly 11th after being forced to pit for a splash of fuel on Lap 76 of 78 while running seventh. Team-mate Todd Kelly fared even worse in 23rd after losing time with a jammed left-rear wheel nut in his second stop that saw a single left-rear tyre complete a total of three stints on car #7.
Michael Caruso also suffered an early delay with a spin at Turn 4 on the opening lap, eventually finishing one place ahead of Todd Kelly in 22nd.
David Wall was an equally disappointed 21st, having had a late drive-through penalty for kerb hopping withdrawn while he was serving it.
James Courtney was the last of the finishes in 25th having lost 13 laps with a repeat of the tailshaft failure he suffered in qualifying this morning.
James Moffat was the only non-finisher after suffering power steering issues, while Jonathon Webb and Greg Murphy failed to take the start after an accident in qualifying.
Will Davison now leads the 2012 championship by 18 points from Jamie Whincup, with Garth Tander, Mark Winterbottom and Craig Lowndes rounding out the top five.
See below for the full Race 2 result
|1||Trading Post FPR Ford||Will Davison||Ford Falcon FG||78||01:48:31.4231|
|2||Orrcon Steel FPR Ford||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG||78||01:48:36.2684|
|3||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VE2||78||01:48:40.5133|
|4||TeamVodafone||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VE2||78||01:48:52.5977|
|5||TeamVodafone||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VE2||78||01:48:57.7579|
|6||SP Tools Racing||Shane Van Gisbergen||Ford Falcon FG||78||01:48:58.9003|
|7||The Bottle-O Racing Team||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG||78||01:49:11.2822|
|8||Irwin Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Ford Falcon FG||78||01:49:15.7393|
|9||Lockwood Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VE2||78||01:49:25.7618|
|10||Lucky 7 Racing||Tim Slade||Ford Falcon FG||78||01:49:25.8270|
|11||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Holden Commodore VE2||78||01:49:26.2042|
|12||Tony D’Alberto Racing||Tony D’Alberto||Ford Falcon FG||78||01:49:36.7330|
|13||Supercheap Auto Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VE2||78||01:49:51.2999|
|14||V.I.P. Petfoods||Steve Owen||Ford Falcon FG||77||01:48:44.5064|
|15||Tekno Autosports||Michael Patrizi||Holden Commodore VE2||77||01:48:47.1507|
|16||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VE2||77||01:48:49.4786|
|17||Jim Beam Racing||Steven Johnson||Ford Falcon FG||77||01:48:55.2931|
|18||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Alexandre Premat||Holden Commodore VE2||77||01:49:03.0024|
|19||Jim Beam Racing||Dean Fiore||Ford Falcon FG||77||01:49:04.1539|
|20||Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing||Karl Reindler||Holden Commodore VE2||77||01:49:19.0405|
|21||Wilson Security Racing||David Wall||Holden Commodore VE2||77||01:49:21.8256|
|22||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Michael Caruso||Holden Commodore VE2||77||01:49:22.2612|
|23||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Holden Commodore VE2||77||01:49:27.9235|
|24||Team iSelect||Taz Douglas||Holden Commodore VE2||77||01:49:35.7057|
|25||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VE2||65||01:49:30.9975|
|DNF||Team Norton DJR||James Moffat||Ford Falcon FG||16||43:44.7327|
|DNS||Pepsi Max Crew||Greg Murphy||Holden Commodore VE2||–||–|
|DNS||Tekno Autosports||Jonathon Webb||Holden Commodore VE2||–||–|
See below for a highlights package of today’s race
See below for a one-on-one with Will Davison and Foxsports’ Ben Beazley