Pukekohe V8 Supercars: Will Davison wins wild race three for Ford

Will Davison gave Ford its first win of the 2013 V8 Supercars season in a wild third race at Pukekohe, and took the championship lead in the process

Pukekohe V8 Supercars: Will Davison wins wild race three for Ford

Davison claimed his win under the fourth safety car of the sprint event, which was flagged four laps short of its planned 36-lap distance as it hit the time limit.

The friction between champion Jamie Whincup and Mark Winterbottom continued following their Saturday clash. Winterbottom jumped polesitter Whincup off the line, and hung on despite a touch from his rival into Turn 5.

James Courtney was running third for Holden Racing Team, fending off Fabian Coulthard's Brad Jones Racing car. A small slip let Coulthard pounce, with Davison sneaking through as well.

When Shane van Gisbergen tried to demote Courtney another place, the former champion's defence resulted in him spinning across the Tekno Holden's front end and into the gravel.

That prompted a second safety car, the first having been caused by a first-lap midfield tangle. On the restart lap, Whincup barged past Winterbottom at the hairpin, but as the Triple 8 Holden and FPR Ford bounced off each other, Coulthard was able to accelerate around both.

Winterbottom had sustained steering damage and began to slip back before pitting for repairs.

Whincup was later given a 15-point penalty for the clash, and his race would also go awry. While chasing Coulthard, he slid into the gravel when his foot slipped off the brake pedal.

That prompted another caution and gave Davison chance to attack Coulthard. He slipped inside at the hairpin, with van Gisbergen following through as well.

When a left front problem sent Saturday race one winner Scott McLaughlin into the wall at the final corner, the safety car returned and ensured that Davison, van Gisbergen and Coulthard would hold the top-three positions. McLaughlin escaped uninjured but will miss race four.

Craig Lowndes and Garth Tander came through from ninth and 13th on the grid to complete the top five ahead of Jason Bright, who has pole for Sunday afternoon's race.

Alexandre Premat had qualified sixth but a trip off the road - in which he nearly speared GRM team-mate McLaughlin - and a puncture left him at the back.

Results - 32 laps (time limit): Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Will Davison FPR Ford 44m42.6510s 2. Shane van Gisbergen Tekno Holden + 0.6028s 3. Fabian Coulthard Brad Jones Holden + 0.8140s 4. Craig Lowndes Triple 8 Holden + 1.0343s 5. Garth Tander HRT Holden + 1.3570s 6. Jason Bright Brad Jones Holden + 2.0625s 7. David Reynolds Rod Nash/FPR Ford + 2.2681s 8. Jonathon Webb Tekno Holden + 2.5003s 9. Alex Davison Schwerkolt/FPR Ford + 2.8014s 10. Rick Kelly Nissan + 3.6912s 11. Russell Ingall Walkinshaw/HRT Holden + 3.8558s 12. Dean Fiore Dumbrell Holden + 4.3320s 13. James Moffat Nissan + 4.5793s 14. Michael Caruso Nissan + 5.5825s 15. Todd Kelly Nissan + 5.8641s 16. Tim Slade Rosenberg/Erebus Mercedes + 6.4310s 17. Lee Holdsworth Erebus Mercedes + 7.0717s 18. Jonny Reid DJR Ford + 7.1724s 19. David Wall Britek/BJR Holden + 7.7188s 20. Maro Engel Erebus Mercedes + 8.4545s 21. Alexandre Premat GRM Holden + 8.8143s 22. James Courtney HRT Holden + 2 laps 23. Mark Winterbottom FPR Ford + 2 laps 24. Jamie Whincup Triple 8 Holden + 2 laps Retirements: Scott McLaughlin GRM Holden 27 laps Tim Blanchard DJR Ford 14 laps Tony D'Alberto D'Alberto Holden 0 laps 
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