WILL Davison has bounced back today at Phillip Island, claiming Race 11 of the V8 Supercars Championship after a high speed crash left his Ford Performance Racing crew with a late night repair job yesterday.
The Tradingpost Falcon driver decided to opt for a two-stop strategy in the 45-lap race, holding off a fast-finishing Craig Lowndes to claim his sixth win of the season - and FPR's ninth from 11 races.
"Long stints around here aren't easy and the tyres go away with lots of sliding," said Davison, who now moves back into the championship lead by 10 points over Jamie Whincup.
"When I saw Lowndes get by Bright I was pretty nervous. I was down last night, I didn't enjoy yesterday. I'm stoked with this one today."
Poleman Lowndes stalled on the grid and had to stack behind teammate Jamie Whincup in the pits when virtually all of the field elected to pit at the same time - though second was one heck of a fight back.
"I have to stop doing those Mark Skaife starts!" said Lowndes.
"It was a hell of a day for us. We had such a disappointing race yesterday but had to bounce back after my bad start. If I had another 10 laps I would have had a chance with Will but he kept the gap constant.
"When you try and put pressure on, you hope they trip up. FPR all credit, they are a strong team this year."
Jason Bright opted for a one stop strategy in the Team BOC Commodore and led for quite a while, eventually finishing third, his best race result at Phillip Island since 2003.
Shane van Gisbergen passed Jamie Whincup late to take fourth with the reigning Champion fifth from yesterday's winner Mark Winterbottom.
Jonathon Webb was seventh from David Reynolds, Lee Holdsworth and Garth Tander
Todd Kelly was 11th and best of the four Kelly Racing cars, followed by Tim Slade, James Courtney (who started from pit lane and passed half of the field), Greg Murphy and Russell Ingall (who, like Walkinshaw Racing stablemate Courtney started from the pits).
A total of 21 cars finished on the lead lap with the V8 Supercars Championship now to head to Hidden Valley in Darwin for the next event.
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