Will Davison and Mika Salo win V8 Supercars Gold Coast 600 race 2

October 21, 2012

After crashing out in Saturday’s race, Will Davison and Mika Salo have taken out the second and final race of the V8 Supercars Gold Coast 600 in the FPR Ford Falcon.

(Image source: WillDavison.com.au)

A pit stop for tyres on lap 13 was the race-changing call for the Ford Performance Racing number six car. Salo had fell down the order after starting from the second row of the grid, but a safety car provided an opportunity to gamble on an early stop.

Yesterday’s winner – TeamVodafone Hoden driver Jamie Whincup – had his headlights in the rear vision mirror of his Ford rival in the closing stages. but Davison held on for the win.

“I was just focussing on getting through the opening lap of my stint,” Davison admitted.

“I had a good, hard look at myself last night and I really need to learn about how to string two days together because we have had so much speed and nothing to show.

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“Mika did a superb job with that opening stint and all the FPR boys were superb. It feels great.”

Whincup and teammate Sebastien Bourdais’s combined finishes of first and second saw them win the Dan Wheldon memorial trophy for the second consecutive year.

It was a case of deja vu for Mark Winterbottom who charged from behind in the other FPR Ford, getting himself and co-driver Will Power their second podium of the weekend.

After a hectic race one on Saturday which saw two race restarts, the safety car was used five times while 20 of the 25 starters finished the race, 17 on the lead lap.

Jamie Whincup extended his championship lead over Mark Winterbottom to over 200 points.

The next round of the V8 Supercars will take place in Abu Dhabi in two weeks.

16Trading Post FPR FordWill DavisonFalcon FG
25Orrcon Steel FPR FordMark WinterbottomFalcon FG
31TeamVodafoneJamie WhincupCommodore VE2
48Team BOCJason BrightCommodore VE2
591Tekno AutosportsMichael PatriziCommodore VE2
6888TeamVodafoneCraig LowndesCommodore VE2
714Lockwood RacingFabian CoulthardCommodore VE2
847Lucky 7 RacingTim SladeFalcon FG
934Fujitsu Racing GRMMichael CarusoCommodore VE2
1017Jim Beam RacingSteven JohnsonFalcon FG
1151Pepsi Max CrewGreg MurphyCommodore VE2
1222Holden Racing TeamJames CourtneyCommodore VE2
1366Supercheap Auto RacingRussell IngallCommodore VE2
142Holden Racing TeamGarth TanderCommodore VE2
1512Jim Beam RacingDean FioreFalcon FG
1649VIP PetfoodsSteve OwenFalcon FG
1711Fair Dinkum Sheds RacingKarl ReindlerCommodore VE2
189SP Tools RacingShane van GisbergenFalcon FG
1915Jack Daniel’s RacingRick KellyCommodore VE2
2019Tekno AutosportsJonathon WebbCommodore VE2
214Irwin RacingLee HoldsworthFalcon FG
2218Team Norton DJRJames MoffatFalcon FG
237Jack Daniel’s RacingTodd KellyCommodore VE2
2433Fujitsu Racing GRMAlexandre PrematCommodore VE2
2530Team iSelectTaz DouglasCommodore VE2
2655The Bottle-O Racing TeamDavid ReynoldsFalcon FG
DNF21Wilson Security RacingDavid WallCommodore VE2
DNF3Tony D’Alberto RacingTony D’AlbertoFalcon FG

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.