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DAVISON CLAIMS BREAKTHROUGH WIN AT CLIPSAL

Will DavisonThe first race saw Davison 6 seconds ahead of Jamie Whincup with four laps to run, however the Ford man was running on fumes. As Whincup closed the gap Davison was forced to push and with only a few corners left on the final lap of the race, his FPR machine started to cough. Forced to slow to ensure he made it to the finish, Davison could only watch as Whincup scythed past and took the Chequered Flag. After crossing the line in second place Davison’s Ford ground to a halt at pit exit, having completely run out of petrol.

Garth Tander came in third, just ahead of race 1 pole sitter Craig Lowndes, with Lee Holdsworth finishing 5th in his first race for Ford. Lowndes and Tander qualified in 1st and 2nd positions for the first race before falling behind a hard chargin Whincup and the unlucky Davison.

Further down the pack there were dramas when James Courntey’s Holden dropped an engine going through the high speed turn eight. This sent Jason Bright and Taz Douglas, who arrived on the scene to find the track covered in oil, into the wall hard. All three drivers escaped injury and would make it out for Qualifying on Sunday.

Jamie Whincup took pole in the Sunday Qualifying session, using the momentum from his race 1 win to put himself in the prime position for race 2. Garth tander was second once again with Mark Winterbottom, Craig Lowndes and Rick Kelly rounding out the top 5. Eventual race and round winner Will Davison started from 6th on the grid.

Race two of the weekend saw another strong start by Garth Tander, who passed Jamie Whincup to lead into the first corner. Whincup soon took back first position from Tander, however the reigning Champion would soon strike trouble. A misfire forced the TeamVodafone driver to let Tander, Davison and Winterbottom through and Whincup would eventually go on to finish fourth, some 20 seconds down on the leader.

In a race without a safety car period, it was vital to conserve fuel. Davison learned his lesson from the dramas he suffered in race 1 and crossed the line first, having managed his fuel consumption throughout. Mark Winterbottom and Garth Tander filled the final two spots on the podium.

Davison stated; “Saturday I thought I would finally get the monkey off my back, but it wasn’t to be.

I just wanted to win and get on with this new chapter in my career at FPR. This has been a long time coming, lots of podiums late last year, pole positions and Saturday was so close, I suppose I was just worried that I would have to wait another six months to get myself into that opportunity again.

The car is just so quick. The team gave me such great pit stops. I can’t tell you how good it feels”.