Will Davison sweeps Abu Dhabi qualifying

Will Davison

Will Davison

Will Davison will start all three V8 Supercars Championship races in Abu Dhabi this weekend from pole position after an impressive qualifying run from the Trading Post FPR Falcon.

In a unique format adopted for the weekend, each driver’s three fastest times set the grids for Races 24, 25 and 26 respectively.

While Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen swapped the top spot for 18 of the 20 minutes, Davison moved to the top with 2:11.77s on his penultimate lap before clocking 2:12.41s on his final attempt.

Those two times combined with a 2:11.93s set on his second of three runs to ensure the factor Ford driver the triple-pole.

The results mean that Davison jumps from a season tally of five pole positions to eight, two clear of previous benchmark Whincup.

Remarkably, Whincup and Van Gisbergen will start second and third in each of the three races.

The TeamVodafone driver’s fastest lap proved just 0.12s off of Davison’s best and came on the first lap of his second run. A subsequent set-up change prior to the final outing then appeared to hamper Whincup, who ended the session by running a 2:12.27s followed by a pair of 2:15s.

Davison’s title-contending team-mate Mark Winterbottom had a solid if unspectacular 20 minutes, qualifying seventh, fifth and seventh for the three 12 lap races.

It was a strong session for all three Stone Brothers Racing Falcons, with Lee Holdsworth and Tim Slade set to join team-mate Van Gisbergen in starting from within the top 10 in each race. The SBR Fords were the ‘single lap bandits’ of the session, recording all but one of their cumulative nine grid-setting times on first flying laps following tyre changes.

It was also an encouraging outing for Team Norton DJR’s James Moffat, who is set to start from a career best fifth in Race 26.

Greg Murphy meanwhile will start from the back in each race after mechanical gremlins in the #51 Pepsi Holden continued to dog the car in qualifying.

See below for the full Race 24 grid

1 Trading Post FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 2:11.7660R
2 TeamVodafone Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2 2:11.8850r 0:00.1190
3 SP Tools Racing Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 2:12.2550r 0:00.4890
4 Lucky 7 Racing Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 2:12.2630r 0:00.4970
5 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Falcon FG 2:12.4170r 0:00.6510
6 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2 2:12.4860r 0:00.7200
7 Orrcon Steel FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 2:12.5730r 0:00.8070
8 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VE2 2:12.5800r 0:00.8140
9 TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE2 2:12.6870r 0:00.9210
10 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VE2 2:12.6880r 0:00.9220
11 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 2:12.7080r 0:00.9420
12 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE2 2:12.7300r 0:00.9640
13 Tekno Autosports Michael Patrizi Holden Commodore VE2 2:12.7830r 0:01.0170
14 Team Norton DJR James Moffat Ford Falcon FG 2:12.8140r 0:01.0480
15 Fujitsu Racing GRM Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2 2:12.8790r 0:01.1130
16 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VE2 2:12.9000r 0:01.1340
17 Kelly Racing Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 2:12.9170r 0:01.1510
18 Team Hiflex Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG 2:12.9330r 0:01.1670
19 VIP Petfoods Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG 2:13.0090r 0:01.2430
20 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE2 2:13.1840r 0:01.4180
21 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2 2:13.2800r 0:01.5140
22 Dick Johnson Racing Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 2:13.4570r 0:01.6910
23 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE2 2:13.5450r 0:01.7790
24 Dick Johnson Racing Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 2:13.6880r 0:01.9220
25 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VE2 2:13.8880 0:02.1220
26 Team iSelect Taz Douglas Holden Commodore VE2 2:14.4450 0:02.6790
27 Kelly Racing Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VE2 2:14.4590 0:02.6930
28 Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2 2:21.5670 0:09.8010

See below for the full Race 25 grid

1 Trading Post FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 2:11.9280r
2 TeamVodafone Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2 2:12.2720r 0:00.3440
3 SP Tools Racing Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 2:12.5240r 0:00.5960
4 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Falcon FG 2:12.5960r 0:00.6680
5 Orrcon Steel FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 2:12.6010r 0:00.6730
6 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2 2:12.6760r 0:00.7480
7 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VE2 2:12.6840r 0:00.7560
8 Lucky 7 Racing Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 2:12.7480r 0:00.8200
9 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 2:12.7780r 0:00.8500
10 Team Norton DJR James Moffat Ford Falcon FG 2:12.8620r 0:00.9340
11 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VE2 2:12.8630r 0:00.9350
12 TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE2 2:12.9540r 0:01.0260
13 Kelly Racing Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 2:12.9730r 0:01.0450
14 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE2 2:13.0670r 0:01.1390
15 Fujitsu Racing GRM Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2 2:13.2550r 0:01.3270
16 Team Hiflex Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG 2:13.2710r 0:01.3430
17 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE2 2:13.2930r 0:01.3650
18 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VE2 2:13.3580r 0:01.4300
19 VIP Petfoods Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG 2:13.3730r 0:01.4450
20 Dick Johnson Racing Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 2:13.5240r 0:01.5960
21 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE2 2:13.7360 0:01.8080
22 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2 2:13.7760 0:01.8480
23 Dick Johnson Racing Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 2:13.7880 0:01.8600
24 Tekno Autosports Michael Patrizi Holden Commodore VE2 2:14.0910 0:02.1630
25 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VE2 2:14.3970 0:02.4690
26 Team iSelect Taz Douglas Holden Commodore VE2 2:14.4530 0:02.5250
27 Kelly Racing Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VE2 2:14.6890 0:02.7610
28 Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2 4:17.3500 2:05.4220

See below for the full Race 26 grid

1 Trading Post FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 2:12.2410r
2 TeamVodafone Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2 2:12.5990r 0:00.3580
3 SP Tools Racing Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 2:12.6100r 0:00.3690
4 Lucky 7 Racing Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 2:12.9150r 0:00.6740
5 Team Norton DJR James Moffat Ford Falcon FG 2:12.9190r 0:00.6780
6 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 2:12.9520r 0:00.7110
7 Orrcon Steel FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 2:12.9580r 0:00.7170
8 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2 2:12.9910r 0:00.7500
9 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Falcon FG 2:13.0770r 0:00.8360
10 Kelly Racing Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 2:13.1170r 0:00.8760
11 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE2 2:13.1300r 0:00.8890
12 TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE2 2:13.2270r 0:00.9860
13 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VE2 2:13.3890r 0:01.1480
14 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VE2 2:13.3960r 0:01.1550
15 Fujitsu Racing GRM Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2 2:13.4760r 0:01.2350
16 Team Hiflex Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG 2:13.4910r 0:01.2500
17 VIP Petfoods Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG 2:13.5560r 0:01.3150
18 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE2 2:13.6480r 0:01.4070
19 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VE2 2:13.7250 0:01.4840
20 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE2 2:13.8840 0:01.6430
21 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2 2:13.9280 0:01.6870
22 Dick Johnson Racing Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 2:14.0290 0:01.7880
23 Dick Johnson Racing Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 2:14.2200 0:01.9790
24 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VE2 2:14.6700 0:02.4290
25 Team iSelect Taz Douglas Holden Commodore VE2 2:14.6810 0:02.4400
26 Kelly Racing Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VE2 2:14.7580 0:02.5170
27 Tekno Autosports Michael Patrizi Holden Commodore VE2 2:15.0320 0:02.7910
28 Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2

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