Will Davison takes tense Race 9 victory at Barbagallo

Will Davison has won the third and final race at the Tradingpost Perth Challenge

Will Davison has won the third and final race at the Trading Post Perth Challenge

Will Davison has held off a fast finishing Mark Winterbottom and Jamie Whincup to win Race 9 of the V8 Supercars Championship at the Trading Post Perth Challenge.

Whincup and Winterbottom started on the soft tyres and led the way until a Safety Car on Lap 15 of 50 turned the race on its head.

Having opted for the more traditional hard-soft strategy, Davison quickly made his way to the front on the faster tyres after the restart.

Stretching his softs to their limit over the remaining 30 laps, Davison survived several bouts of minor contact from Whincup on the final tour to take a thrilling victory.

Winterbottom was able to pass Whincup on the last corner of the race – beating the TeamVodafone driver to the line by just 0.06s.

Jason Bright, Michael Patrizi, Craig Lowndes, Fabian Coulthard, Tim Slade, Michael Caruso and Steven Johnson rounded out the top 10.

Patrizi ran second for much of the second stint, but fell behind Whincup, Winterbottom and Bright over the final six laps as his soft tyres faded

Lowndes’ sixth place finish came despite being shuffled from fourth to 15th during the Safety Car induced rush of pitstops.

A tangle between Tony D’Alberto and Taz Douglas triggered the full-course yellow, which saw Lowndes head a train of drivers including Shane van Gisbergen, Greg Murphy, James Courtney, Tim Slade, Garth Tander and Lee Holdsworth to the pits.

With the Safety Car holding Lowndes behind it for the majority of the outlap, the remaining drivers who had not pitted were then able to do so and rejoin ahead of the train led by the TeamVodafone Commodore.

Lowndes, who had been one of 24 drivers to start on the hard tyres, intially struggled to regain ground after the restart before making up six places in the final 17 laps.

D’Alberto eventually failed to finish following damage from the incident with Douglas. David Wall was the only other retirement, having clashed with Rick Kelly while battling for 14th during the closing laps.

David Reynolds arguably had the worst day of all – The Bottle-O Falcon losing several laps in the pits following a starter motor failure on the grid.

Whincup now leads the championship standings by just 29 points from Davison after nine races, with Winterbottom 131 points further adrift in third.

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See below for the full Race 9 result

1 Trading Post FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 50 50:38.3093
2 Orrcon Steel FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 50 50:38.8040
3 TeamVodafone Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2 50 50:38.8627
4 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2 50 50:40.2557
5 Tekno Autosports Michael Patrizi Holden Commodore VE2 50 50:43.8013
6 TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE2 50 50:52.7364
7 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE2 50 50:55.6089
8 Lucky 7 Racing Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 50 50:55.7468
9 Fujitsu Racing GRM Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2 50 50:59.3298
10 Jim Beam Racing Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 50 50:59.7576
11 Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2 50 51:01.0063
12 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VE2 50 51:04.2329
13 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE2 50 51:05.0462
14 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2 50 51:09.5901
15 Jim Beam Racing Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 50 51:09.9880
16 VIP Petfoods Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG 50 51:14.2754
17 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE2 50 51:14.5239
18 SP Tools Racing Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 50 51:19.3497
19 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 50 51:19.6702
20 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VE2 50 51:21.4624
21 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Falcon FG 50 51:24.2777
22 Team Norton DJR James Moffat Ford Falcon FG 50 51:27.4775
23 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 50 51:37.5535
24 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VE2 49 51:16.4101
25 Team iSelect Taz Douglas Holden Commodore VE2 47 51:30.5478
26 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 45 51:23.6945
DNF Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VE2 46 47:06.9512
DNF Tony D’Alberto Racing Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG 14 14:13.7290

See below for the updated points standings

1 Jamie Whincup 1095
2 Will Davison 1066
3 Mark Winterbottom  935
4 Craig Lowndes  779
5 Lee Holdsworth  737
6 Shane Van Gisbergen  695
7 Fabian Coulthard  694
8 Tim Slade  681
9 Garth Tander  618
10 Rick Kelly  571
11 Michael Caruso  516
12 Todd Kelly  507
13 Steven Johnson  494
14 James Courtney  470
15 Russell Ingall  464
16 Jason Bright  453
17 Michael Patrizi  426
18 Dean Fiore  421
19 David Reynolds  414
20 Steve Owen  402
21 Tony D’Alberto  384
22 Jonathon Webb  334
23 Alexandre Premat  330
24 Taz Douglas  300
25 Karl Reindler  288
26 James Moffat  270
27 David Wall  253
28 Greg Murphy  219
29 David Russell   42

See below for video highlights of Race 9

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