Davison leads home FPR one-two in Townsville

Will Davison

Will Davison

Tagging a concrete wall during post-race victory burnouts was the only mistake from Will Davison on a day where he led home a Ford Performance Racing one-two.

Davison scored his second win of the season and his first in Townsville after hunting down Craig Lowndes in the closing stages.

Lowndes had shot from 12th on the grid to the lead over the opening 10 laps having been the only driver to elect to start on the soft tyres.

It took until 11 laps remained for the race’s true picture to really show, with first Davison and then team-mate Mark Winterbottom moving to the front in quick succession.

Fabian Coulthard also made it around Lowndes to steal the final podium spot, while his Brad Jones Racing stable-mate Jason Bright fell marginally short of Lowndes in fifth.

James Courtney, Jamie Whincup, Garth Tander, Alex Davison and Chaz Mostert completed the top 10.

It was a disastrous race for Tekno Autosports, whose drivers Shane van Gisbergen and Jonathon Webb finished 17th and 22nd respectively.

Both Holdens received drive-through penalties for being released from their air-jacks before the refueling process had been completed.

Pole-sitter Van Gisbergen had lost the lead to Davison off the grid but regained the ascendancy in a cheeky dive beneath the Pepsi Falcon a short time later.

Van Gisbergen had remained the leading hard tyre runner throughout the entire opening stint before the pitstop drama struck.

Proceedings were little better at Erebus Motorpsort, with Lee Holdsworth and Tim Slade both on the retirements list after opening lap contact and an overheating issue respectively.

German Maro Engel salvaged 19th after also taking damage in the early corners.

Russell Ingall was also on the retirements list, dropping out late in the going with a power steering failure.

The race ran devoid of Safety Cars for its entire 70 lap duration, leaving those who had saved soft tyres for a potential charge at the end with an extra set of the quicker rubber for Sunday’s second 200km leg.

Despite a low-key day, Whincup continues to lead the points standings over team-mate Lowndes. Winterbottom is the biggest mover inside the top 10, jumping two places to fifth.

See below for the full Race 20 result

1 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford  Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 01:28:39.5968 1:14.4892
2 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford  Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 01:28:43.6066 1:14.5498
3 Lockwood Racing  Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 01:28:55.0644 1:14.3707
4 Red Bull Racing Australia  Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 01:28:57.3868 1:14.1311
5 Team BOC  Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 01:28:58.9114 1:14.2288
6 Holden Racing Team  James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 01:29:06.1989 1:14.5086
7 Red Bull Racing Australia  Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 01:29:09.5998 1:14.5357
8 Holden Racing Team  Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 01:29:11.9691 1:14.2028
9 Jeld-wen FPR Ford  Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 01:29:12.4494 1:14.3178
10 Wilson Security Racing  Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 01:29:17.3364 1:14.6554
11 The Bottle-O FPR Ford  David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 01:29:17.5850 1:14.5820
12 Jack Daniel’s Racing  Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 01:29:28.3300 1:14.3679
13 Fujitsu Racing GRM  Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VF 01:29:30.1802 1:14.2636
14 Fujitsu Racing GRM  Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VF 01:29:31.2467 1:14.4695
15 Norton 360 Racing  James Moffat Nissan Altima 01:29:37.6517 1:14.6094
16 Jack Daniel’s Racing  Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 01:29:41.7355 1:14.1510
17 TEKNO Team VIP  Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 01:29:42.7426 1:13.6836*
18 Norton 360 Racing  Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 01:29:47.9954 1:14.8471
19 SP Tools Racing  Maro Engel Mercedes E63 AMG 01:29:51.6260 1:14.8729
20 Dodo Insurance Racing  Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VF 01:29:02.4162 1:15.2201
21 Wilson Security Racing  David Wall Holden Commodore VF 01:29:26.0678 1:15.3711
22 Tekno Autosports  Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VF 01:29:36.3909 1:14.9772
23 Wilson Security Racing  Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon FG 01:29:49.7401 1:15.8843
24 ekol Racing  Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 01:29:50.0991 1:15.8518
25 Team HIFLEX  Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF 01:30:19.9184 1:14.5784
DNF Supercheap Auto Racing  Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 01:08:00.2017 1:14.4047
DNF Irwin Racing  Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 01:29:08.4789 1:15.3006
DNF Heavy Haulage Australia Racing  Tim Slade Mercedes E63 AMG    44:17.9965 1:15.3975

See below for the updated points standings after Race 20

1 Jamie Whincup 1519
2 Craig Lowndes 1384
3 Will Davison 1298
4 Fabian Coulthard 1237
5 Mark Winterbottom 1217
6 Jason Bright 1212
7 Shane Van Gisbergen 1181
8 Garth Tander 1152
9 James Courtney 1105
10 Jonathon Webb 1035
11 Scott McLaughlin  882
12 David Reynolds  871
13 Rick Kelly  860
14 Alex Davison  763
15 James Moffat  762
16 Alexandre Premat  677
17 Tony D’Alberto  651
18 Russell Ingall  600
19 Michael Caruso  598
20 Dean Fiore  597
21 David Wall  551
22 Lee Holdsworth  523
23 Tim Slade  507
24 Tim Blanchard  497
25 Todd Kelly  472
26 Scott Pye  468
27 Chaz Mostert  466
28 Maro Engel  366
29 Jonny Reid  149



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