Davison snatches Gold Coast V8s win

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.

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