Ford’s Will Davison ended rival TeamVodafone’s V8 Supercars winning run with victory in Sunday’s thrilling final 300km race at the Gold Coast 600.
The Ford Performance Racing pilot recovered from a basic error in Saturday’s race to storm to his seventh-race win of the season and end TeamVodafone’s 11-race winning run.
Davison finished ahead of championship leader Jamie Whincup, who had a running battle with rival Mark Winterbottom over the final laps of the Surfers Paradise street circuit but held off Davison’s teammate to finish second.
His victory came after a great stint by his international co-driver, ex-Formula One driver Mika Salo, with the Finn driving 56 laps – 22 more than the minimum requirement – to put the No.6 Falcon in a position to secure the win.
Winterbottom had to settle for his second third-place finish of the weekend and heads to the next round in Abu Dhabi desperately trying to close the gap to Whincup in the championship race.
Davison’s win ends a horror recent run of form and also ensures his slim hopes of competing in the title hunt stay alive.
Craig Lowndes claimed his second sixth-place finish of the weekend but has fallen behind both teammate Whincup and Winterbottom in the championship hunt.
The Yas 400 in Abu Dhabi will be held from November 2-4.