Will Davison took chances that led to victory
AFTER a year dominated by Holden, Will Davison's victory in the final race of the season gave the blue oval some consolation in the final race of the Holden v Ford era yesterday.
A bold move by Davison on early leader Garth Tander during the second lap of the Sydney 500 took him to the front.
And there he stayed, winning by just over two seconds from Holden's Craig Lowndes, with James Courtney third.
Lowndes's second place saw him also wrap up second in the V8 Championship on 3522 points, behind teammate Jamie Whincup (3861).Whincup, who finished fifth, officially joined V8 legends Allan Moffat, Bob Jane and Jim Richards with four Supercar titles.
Ford Performance Racing's Mark Winterbottom finished third in the championship on 3457 points after coming in at 18th yesterday.Whincup went into the race only needing to avoid an unlikely penalty to claim back-to-back crowns.
He is now just one championship away from equalling the all-time record for V8 titles held by Ian Geoghegan, Dick Johnson and Mark Skaife.
Only two safety car periods interrupted yesterday's 74-lap race, the final 65 laps run caution free in a clean display of racing.
"This is magic, particularly here at Homebush. I've led the last four years here and had disastrous results," Davison said.
Whincup admitted he had doubts on whether he could claim another title when the Ford team dominated the series midway through the year.
"There was a lot of burning the midnight oil," he said.