Davison denies Lowndes in Barbagallo finale
Will Davison mounted a late charge to score a surprise win for Erebus Motorsport in a Barbagallo finale dominated by tyre strategy.
Craig Lowndes led for much of the final stint and appeared in the box seat for his 100th victory before being chased down by Davison in the closing laps.
“I don’t know what to say, a podium would have been incredible,” said Davison.
“It has been a dry spell and we have had a good car and after the disappointment of Tassie I would have been thrilled with a top 5, I just wanted a clean weekend.”
“I knew CL was on number 99 and I knew how much he would have wanted it. But I was thinking about it being a long while for me.”
Fabian Coulthard made the most of his tyres to carve his way through from the back of the grid to score third.
Prodrive duo Chaz Mostert and Mark Winterbottom dominated for much of the day before a Safety Car with just over 30 of the 83 laps remaining ruined their strategy.
All four Prodrive Fords had been among a small group that executed a soft-hard-soft tyre strategy.
The timing of the Safety Car, which was ironically triggered by a spin for the second Erebus entry of Ash Walsh, triggered the final stops to take place earlier than planned.
While the likes of Davison, Lowndes and Coulthard charged through on new softs, the two Fords eventually struggled home fourth and 15th respectively on their worn out rubber.
James Courtney took fifth after also saving his softs until the end, while team-mate Garth Tander’s sixth place came after running hard-soft-hard.
Shane van Gisbergen ran near the front early but elected for three stops and eventually finished 14th.
Andre Heimgartner and Scott Pye both failed to see the chequered flag after clashing at Turn 1 in the closing stages.
Race control left the two cars under local yellows, avoiding a Safety Car finish.
It was also a rough afternoon for Jamie Whincup, who spent the race at the back of the field after an early mistake saw him skip through the sand trap at Turn 6.
The six-time champion has now fallen back to fifth in the standings behind Lowndes, Courtney, Winterbottom and Coulthard.
Result: V8 Supercars Race 9, Barbagallo
|1||Erebus Motorsport V8||Will Davison||Mercedes E63 AMG||83||01:25:26.7265|
|2||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||83||01:25:32.3340|
|3||Freightliner Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||83||01:25:34.1004|
|4||Pepsi Max Crew||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG/X||83||01:25:38.8487|
|5||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||83||01:25:41.5978|
|6||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||83||01:25:43.4909|
|7||Nissan Motorsport||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||83||01:25:46.9039|
|8||Repair Management Aust Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||83||01:25:51.2885|
|9||The Bottle-O Racing Team||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG/X||83||01:25:51.5624|
|10||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||83||01:25:51.8276|
|11||GB Galvanizing Racing||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VF||83||01:25:55.3320|
|12||Team Cooldrive||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore VF||83||01:25:57.0039|
|13||Nissan Motorsport||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||83||01:25:57.8053|
|14||Team Darrell Lea STIX||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||83||01:26:01.6450|
|15||Pepsi Max Crew||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||83||01:26:02.2944|
|16||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||83||01:26:02.6148|
|17||Walkinshaw Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore VF||83||01:26:03.0823|
|18||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||83||01:26:07.6341|
|19||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||82||01:25:32.5140|
|20||Nissan Motorsport||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||82||01:25:32.6822|
|21||Wilson Security Racing GRM||David Wall||Volvo S60||82||01:26:04.7346|
|22||Erebus Motorsport V8||Ashley Walsh||Mercedes E63 AMG||77||01:25:44.5818|
|23||Supercheap Auto Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||69||01:26:23.2185|
|DNF||Super Black Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Falcon FG/X||78||01:21:12.3104|
|DNF||DJR Team Penske||Scott Pye||Ford Falcon FG/X||78||01:21:12.6623|
|6||Shane Van Gisbergen||595|