Jamie Whincup drives the #1 Team Vodafone Holden during race 23 of the Gold Coast 600, which is round 12 of the V8 Supercars Championship Series at the Gold Coast
Jamie Whincup drives the #1 Team Vodafone Holden during race 23 of the Gold Coast 600, which is round 12 of the V8 Supercars Championship Series at the Gold Coast Chris Hyde - Getty Images

Davison takes out GC 600 by half a second

IT was sweet redemption for Will Davison and co-driver Mika Salo at the Gold Coast 600 yesterday, winning part two of the event by half a second from Triple Eight Holden's Jamie Whincup and Sebastien Bourdais.

They managed to bounce back after disaster struck in Saturday's race, when Davison crashed the Ford Performance Racing Falcon after holding an early lead, on his out-lap after the driver change.

Davison and former F1 driver Salo also had their troubles yesterday, but Salo's wealth of racing experience was telling.

Struggling with balance, braking and slipping down the order due to flat-spotted tyres, Finland-born Salo used a well-timed safety car to pit the No.6 Trading Post FPR vehicle on lap 13.

It was a move that ultimately handed them the race.

The redemption was doubly satisfying for Davison, who spectacularly crashed out of the Bathurst 1000 after he speared across the track and hit a tyre wall, admitting it made him fear for his life.

But that wasn't an issue for Davison yesterday, driving 30 mistake-free laps under sustained pressure from Whincup in the race's closing stint to take his 13th career win.

Reigning V8 Championship winner Whincup, along with Bourdais, took out Saturday's race.Whincup still leads the championship with 3060 points, with FPR's Mark Winterbottom second on 2842.

GOLD COAST 600 - SUNDAY'S STANDINGS

  1. W Davison/M Salo (FPR Ford)
  2. J Whincup/S Bourdais (Triple Eight Holden)
  3. M Winterbottom/W Power (FPR Ford)
  4. T. Slade/D Brabham (Rosenberg/SBR Ford)
  5. G. Tander/R. Briscoe (HRT Holden)


CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

  1. 3060 Jamie Whincup (Team Vodafone)
  2. 2842 Mark Winterbottom (FPR)
  3. 2815 Craig Lowndes (Team Vodafone)
  4. 2503 Will Davison (FPR)
  5. 2182 Shane van Gisbergen (Stone Brothers Racing)


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