Will Davison wins 2012 finale in Sydney

Will Davison has won the final race of the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship

Will Davison has won the final race of the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship

Will Davison and Ford Performance Racing have farewelled the current generation of V8 Supercars with victory in the 2012 season finale at Sydney Olympic Park.

Starting second on the grid, Davison squeezed past pole-sitter Garth Tander on the fifth lap of the race and was only headed during the pitstop cycles thereafter.

Craig Lowndes finished second having jumped eventual third place finisher James Courtney in the second and final round of pitstops.

Davison crosses the finish line

Davison crosses the finish line in Sydney

Lowndes kept Davison honest in the closing stages, with the final margin between the pair just 2.6s.

The win is the 14th of Davison’s career and FPR’s 11th of the season, ensuring only the factory Ford team and TeamVodafone won races in 2012.

Filling fourth through 10th were Tim Slade, Jamie Whincup, Jonathon Webb, David Reynolds, Steve Owen, Jason Bright and Steven Johnson.

Mark Winterbottom finished just 18th after suffering a midrace puncture, ensuring the Orrcon FPR Falcon driver would lose second in the standings to Lowndes.

Winterbottom had earlier dropped to the back of the field after being pushed into the tyre barrier at the opening corner thanks to a bump from James Moffat.

Tander was also hit by a puncture, taking the flag in 16th having run second during the first stint and a half.

The race was run in dry conditions as threatening rain never materialised.

Two Safety Cars punctured the early stages, with the first called on the opening lap thanks to a clutch problem stranding Shane van Gisbergen on the back straight.

Greg Murphy was spun into the Turn 10 exit wall by Michael Patrizi shortly after the restart, causing the yellow flags to fly once more.

Also on the retirements list was David Wall, who suffered damage when spun by Russell Ingall and subsequently collected by James Moffat at Turn 9. Ingall later retired with a broken rear axle.

Tony D’Alberto’s last race in a Falcon ended with gearbox problems, while Michael Caruso retired at the start of the penultimate lap with brake problems having run ninth a short time earlier.

Fabian Coulthard was also a hard luck story – dropping from seventh to 15th over the final three laps as his car ran low on fuel.

Caruso’s team-mate Scott McLaughlin meanwhile put in a solid drive to finish 17th having been called up to replace Alex Premat just an hour before race start.

Result: V8 Supercars Championship Race 30, Sydney Olympic Park

1 Trading Post FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 74 01:57:50.5999
2 TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE2 74 01:57:53.1830
3 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VE2 74 01:57:55.1879
4 Lucky 7 Racing Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 74 01:57:58.7939
5 TeamVodafone Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2 74 01:58:15.1295
6 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VE2 74 01:58:18.8181
7 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 74 01:58:28.3027
8 VIP Petfoods Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG 74 01:58:36.8652
9 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2 74 01:58:38.3088
10 Jim Beam Racing Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 74 01:58:39.2610
11 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 74 01:58:40.6498
12 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Falcon FG 74 01:58:42.0781
13 Team iSelect Taz Douglas Holden Commodore VE2 74 01:58:46.3043
14 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE2 74 01:58:46.9772
15 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE2 74 01:59:58.3786
16 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2 73 01:58:29.4507
17 Fujitsu Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VE2 73 01:58:35.4197
18 Orrcon Steel FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 73 01:58:51.4094
19 Tekno Autosports Michael Patrizi Holden Commodore VE2 73 01:59:03.2504
20 Jack Daniel’s Racing Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VE2 72 01:59:00.7721
21 Jim Beam Racing Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 69 01:57:53.9308
22 Team Norton DJR James Moffat Ford Falcon FG 69 01:59:01.1812
DNF Fujitsu Racing GRM Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2 72 01:55:58.1945
DNF Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE2 34    58:00.9814
DNF Team Hiflex Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG 29    51:07.6128
DNF Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VE2 14    27:42.6673
DNF Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2  5     9:58.1246
DNF SP Tools Racing Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG

Championship standings after Race 30 of 30

1 Jamie Whincup 3861
2 Craig Lowndes 3522
3 Mark Winterbottom 3457
4 Will Davison 3049
5 Tim Slade 2790
6 Shane Van Gisbergen 2554
7 Garth Tander 2462
8 Lee Holdsworth 2189
9 David Reynolds 2187
10 James Courtney 2153
11 Fabian Coulthard 2035
12 Jonathon Webb 1987
13 Russell Ingall 1960
14 Rick Kelly 1894
15 Michael Caruso 1770
16 Jason Bright 1737
17 Steven Johnson 1621
18 Michael Patrizi 1397
19 Dean Fiore 1395
20 Steve Owen 1393
21 James Moffat 1354
22 Todd Kelly 1263
23 Tony D’Alberto 1176
24 Karl Reindler 1147
25 David Wall 1142
26 Taz Douglas 1079
27 Alexandre Premat  942
28 Greg Murphy  649

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