Will Davison and Mika Salo made up for their disastrous first Surfers Paradise race by winning part two of V8 Supercars' Gold Coast 600.
On Saturday Salo had held the early lead only for Davison to crash their Ford Performance Racing Falcon on his out-lap after the driver charge. Salo spent the first part of race two in fourth place, struggling with a handling problem, while Sebastien Bourdais pulled away up front in the Triple Eight Holden he shared with Jamie Whincup.
FPR chose to bring Salo into the pits early, meaning he would have to drive two stints whereas most of the international drivers would hand over to their V8 regular partners for the majority of the race.
Salo maintained the pace so well that by the time the divergent strategies had cycled through, Davison was running ahead of Whincup going into the closing stages. Both were behind Tim Slade's James Rosenberg/Stone Brothers Ford, though. Slade and David Brabham had also taken an alternative strategy, getting a pit stop out of the way under the third safety car. That allowed them to appear in a surprise race lead once all the final stops were complete.
After a tough battle, Davison made it past Slade with 22 laps to go. Whincup and the second FPR car of Mark Winterbottom and Will Power soon followed, with Whincup then keeping pressure on Davison to the flag. The championship leader ultimately had to settle for second, as Davison claimed his first win since Phillip Island in May. Whincup finished right on his tail, with Winterbottom and Slade completing the top four.
Garth Tander and Ryan Briscoe claimed fifth for Holden Racing Team, followed by the second Triple Eight car of Craig Lowndes and Richard Lyons. Russell Ingall, who shared his Walkinshaw Holden with Peter Dumbreck, held off a pack of cars for seventh.
Marc Lieb had again run very strongly in Jonathon Webb's Tekno Holden, holding second behind Bourdais in the first stint. But when Webb received a penalty for curb-hopping, their podium challenge became a 14th-place finish.
Results - 102 laps:
Pos Drivers Team/Car Time/Gap
1. Davison/Salo FPR Ford 2h16m06.9161s
2. Whincup/Bourdais Triple Eight Holden + 0.5023s
3. Winterbottom/Power FPR Ford + 2.1931s
4. Slade/Brabham Rosenberg/SBR Ford + 4.7583s
5. Tander/Briscoe HRT Holden + 6.7205s
6. Lowndes/Lyons Triple Eight Holden + 9.9422s
7. Ingall/Dumbreck Walkinshaw/HRT Holden + 11.4888s
8. Holdsworth/Pagenaud Stone Brothers Ford + 11.6066s
9. van Gisbergen/Bleekemolen Stone Brothers Ford + 12.6979s
10. Coulthard/Minassian Brad Jones Holden + 12.8490s
11. Kelly/Rahal Kelly Holden + 13.8741s
12. Johnson/Papis Dick Johnson Ford + 13.9017s
13. Reynolds/Heidfeld Rod Nash/FPR Ford + 14.5725s
14. Webb/Lieb Tekno Holden + 17.0130s
15. Wall/Campbell-Walter Britek/BJR Holden + 18.0038s
16. Douglas/Conway Dumbrell Holden + 21.3784s
17. Courtney/Turner HRT Holden + 1m15.4242s
18. Owen/Said Paul Morris/DJR Ford + 1 lap
19. Fiore/Morbidelli Triple F/DJR Ford + 11 laps
20. Murphy/Wilson Kelly Holden + 14 laps
Blanchard/Andretti Kelly Holden 69 laps
Caruso/Hinchcliffe Garry Rogers Holden 34 laps
Bright/Sarrazin Brad Jones Holden 18 laps
Patrizi/di Grassi Tekno Holden 0 laps
Moffat/Kox Dick Johnson Ford 0 laps