Will Davison takes bitter-sweet win for FPR in Race 8

Will Davison claims his second win of year in Race 8

Will Davison claims his first win of year in Race 8

Will Davison has won a safety car-riddled Race 8 as Ford Performance Racing endured mixed fortunes at Pukekohe Park.

Davison crossed the finish line after 32 laps, three laps short of the scheduled distance, to beat Tekno Commodore driver Shane van Gisbergen with Lockwood Commodore driver Fabian Coulthard third.

It marked the first win for a Ford V8 Supercar since Marcos Ambrose won nine years ago at the South Auckland circuit in a Stone Brothers BA Falcon.

The victory was bitter-sweet for FPR who once again saw Mark Winterbottom lead after a lightning start.

However he then came under fire from Jamie Whincup on lap 16 when Whincup made contact with Winterbottom and took the lead momentarily before Coulthard cashed in on the fierce fight to sweep to the front.

Winterbottom then reported steering damage and made a visit to the pits before returning to the action briefly before being summoned into the garage for more work and then being released again.

Whincup brought out the third of four safety car periods on lap 23 when he made an uncharacteristic error at the hairpin and fired into the sand trap.

Shortly after the restart Davison made his winning move on Coulthard with the Kiwi loosing another spot in the move to his compatriot van Gisbergen.

The final safety car period was called when Scott McLaughlin had a rough ride through the back of the course suffering damage before stopping his Fujitsu Commodore on the side of the track. McLaughlin has confirmed that he will not be able to make the grid for Race 9.

It then became evident that the race would not go the prescribed distance with the rules stating that it would finish at 1.55pm (local time)  plus one lap.

Both Winterbottom and Whincup finished 23rd and 24th respectively.

V8 SUPERCARS: Results Race 8 – Pukekohe 

Position

Driver

Team

1

Will Davison

Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford

2

Shane van Gisbergen

TEKNO Team VIP

3

Fabian Coulthard

Lockwood Racing

4

Craig Lowndes

Red Bull Racing Australia

5

Garth Tander

Holden Racing Team

6

Jason Bright

Team BOC

7

David Reynolds

The Bottle-O FPR Ford

8

Jonathon Webb

Tekno Autosports

9

Alex Davison

Jeld-wen FPR Ford

10

Rick Kelly

Jack Daniel’s Racing

11

Russell Ingall

Supercheap Auto Racing

12

Dean Fiore

Dodo Insurance Racing

13

James Moffat

Norton 360 Racing

14

Michael Caruso

Norton 360 Racing

15

Todd Kelly

Jack Daniel’s Racing

16

Tim Slade

Heavy Haulage Australia Racing

17

Lee Holdsworth

IRWIN Racing

18

Jonny Reid

Wilson Security Racing

19

David Wall

Wilson Security Racing

20

Maro Engel

SP Tools Racing

21

Alexandre Premat

Fujitsu Racing GRM

22

James Courtney

Holden Racing Team

23

Mark Winterbottom

Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford

24

Jamie Whincup

Red Bull Racing Australia

DNF

Scott McLaughlin

Fujitsu Racing GRM

DNF

Tim Blanchard

Wilson Security Racing

DNF

Tony D’Alberto

Team HIFLEX

 

 

V8 SUPERCARS: Championship points after Race 8 – Pukekohe 

Position

Driver

Points

1

Will Davison

642

2

Jamie Whincup

617

3

Craig Lowndes

549

4

Shane van Gisbergen

496

5

Fabian Coulthard

492

6

Garth Tander

484

7

Jason Bright

464

8

James Courtney

459

9

Scott McLaughlin

457

10

Jonathon Webb

452

11

Mark Winterbottom

432

12

Russell Ingall

388

13

Rick Kelly

348

14

Tony D’Alberto

319

15

James Moffat

310

16

Alex Davison

307

17

Dean Fiore

295

18

Alexandre Premat

284

19

Lee Holdsworth

279

20

David Wall

266

21

David Reynolds

257

22

Michael Caruso

240

23

Tim Blanchard

239

24

Scott Pye

214

25

Tim Slade

202

26

Maro Engel

138

27

Jonny Reid

134

28

Todd Kelly

120

 

 

 

 

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