Will Davison wins first V8 Supercars sprint race at Phillip Island
|Saturday, September 17th 2011, 06:07 GMT|
Will Davison led from start to finish in the first of the two short sprint races that will determined the grid for V8 Supercars' first endurance race of the season, the Phillip Island 500k.
Today's qualifying races see the cars' driver pairings split, with each one taking part in one of the two sprints and the results combined to form the grid for Sunday's main event. Each car must make a compulsory pitstop in one of the qualifying sprints.
Ford Performance Racing driver Davison - who shares with Luke Youlden this weekend - held off Triple Eight's Andrew Thompson, co-driver for championship leader Jamie Whincup, in the opening laps, before Holden Racing Team's Garth Tander overtook Thompson and tried to chase down the leader. He could not catch Davison though, and the Ford came home 2.6 seconds clear of Tander.
Thompson held third, ahead of Kelly Racing Holden duo David Reynolds and Todd Kelly, and championship contender Craig Lowndes (Triple Eight), who had lost a lot of ground with a bad start.
Results - 14 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Will Davison FPR Ford 22m40.9887s 2. Garth Tander HRT Holden + 2.6975s 3. Andrew Thompson Triple 8 Holden + 5.2703s 4. David Reynolds Kelly Holden + 6.1456s 5. Todd Kelly Kelly Holden + 6.9091s 6. Craig Lowndes Triple 8 Holden + 7.9256s 7. Steve Owen Paul Morris Holden + 11.9997s 8. Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Holden + 13.4414s 9. Jason Bright Brad Jones Holden + 13.9934s 10. Fabian Coulthard Walkinshaw Holden + 15.0256s 11. Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Holden + 15.3930s 12. Tim Slade Rosenberg/SBR Ford + 18.0130s 13. Jonathon Webb Tekno Ford + 19.0301s 14. Jason Bargwanna Brad Jones Holden + 19.0988s 15. Dean Fiore Triple F Ford + 21.2973s 16. Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Ford + 25.0086s 17. Alex Davison Stone Brothers Ford + 27.1664s 18. Cameron McConville HRT Holden + 57.0469s 19. John McIntyre Stone Brothers Ford + 1m01.5715s 20. Dean Canto Rod Nash/FPR Ford + 1m02.1761s 21. Steven Richards FPR Ford + 1m02.6798s 22. Owen Kelly Kelly Holden + 1m05.6104s 23. Allan Simonsen Kelly Holden + 1m13.2400s 24. James Moffat Dick Johnson Ford + 1m14.5025s 25. Jack Perkins Paul Morris Holden + 1m14.8171s 26. Taz Douglas D'Alberto Ford + 1m17.7826s 27. Nathan Pretty Lucas Dumbrell Holden + 1m23.4095s 28. Karl Reindler Britek/BJR Holden + 1m24.3829s