Will Davison recovers from Saturday disaster with V8 Supercars race two win at Barbagallo

Will Davison regained some ground on Jamie Whincup in the V8 Supercars title race by winning round eight of the 2012 series at Barbagallo

Will Davison recovers from Saturday disaster with V8 Supercars race two win at Barbagallo

Ford Performance Racing driver Davison had lost the championship lead to Whincup (Triple Eight Holden) on Saturday, when the Ford man was delayed in a first-lap crash and Whincup finished second to Davison's team-mate Mark Winterbottom.

Whincup started from pole for the second of the weekend's three races on Sunday morning, but Davison was the only one of the frontrunners to start on soft tyres, and he made the most of this grip advantage to slice past Winterbottom and Whincup in quick succession and lead by lap three.

Davison then established a four-second cushion and managed to make his softs last until half-distance, as all his rivals did with their hard rubber. Whincup was able to close in once he had switched to softs in the pitstops, but Davison had enough in hand to win by 2.9s.

Winterbottom briefly challenged Whincup after the pitstops before falling away in third.

A late surge from Fabian Coulthard saw the Brad Jones Holden driver charge to fourth, passing Lee Holdsworth's Stone Brothers Ford late on.

Craig Lowndes took the second Triple Eight car from 14th on the grid to sixth, just ahead of Stone Brothers' Tim Slade, while Jason Bright (Brad Jones Racing) faded from fifth to eighth in the closing stages.

David Reynolds shrugged off a jump-start penalty to take ninth in FPR's third entry. Garth Tander charged up from 20th on the grid to complete the top 10 for the Holden Racing Team.

Results - 50 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Will Davison FPR Ford 49m02.2171s 2. Jamie Whincup Triple 8 Holden + 2.9203s 3. Mark Winterbottom FPR Ford + 10.1583s 4. Fabian Coulthard Brad Jones Holden + 12.7050s 5. Lee Holdsworth Stone Brothers Ford + 16.0736s 6. Craig Lowndes Triple 8 Holden + 19.6121s 7. Tim Slade Rosenberg/SBR Ford + 20.2678s 8. Jason Bright Brad Jones Holden + 21.9040s 9. David Reynolds Rod Nash/FPR Ford + 25.5056s 10. Garth Tander HRT Holden + 30.3445s 11. Shane van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Ford + 38.4834s 12. Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Holden + 39.5212s 13. James Courtney HRT Holden + 40.2818s 14. Michael Patrizi Tekno Holden + 44.9573s 15. Tony D'Alberto D'Alberto Ford + 45.8490s 16. Greg Murphy Kelly Holden + 46.2791s 17. Russell Ingall Walkinshaw Holden + 48.8883s 18. Dean Fiore Triple F Ford + 51.2257s 19. Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Ford + 55.5475s 20. Rick Kelly Kelly Holden + 55.8612s 21. Jonathon Webb Tekno Holden + 1 lap 22. Todd Kelly Kelly Holden + 1 lap 23. Karl Reindler Kelly Holden + 1 lap 24. James Moffat Dick Johnson Ford + 1 lap 25. David Wall Britek/BJR Holden + 1 lap 26. Taz Douglas Dumbrell Holden + 1 lap 27. Steve Owen Dick Johnson Ford + 2 laps 28. Alexandre Premat Garry Rogers Holden + 3 laps 
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