Orrcon Steel Racing celebrate one-two with FPRTuesday, March 6th, 2012
Orrcon Steel will celebrate with Ford Performance Racing tonight with the team’s factory Ford drivers Will Davison and Mark Winterbottom finishing one-two at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide today.
Davison’s win is his first with the Orrcon Steel-back FPR team and first around the daunting Adelaide street circuit.
“This is a special day and 78 green laps is tough stuff but I just had such a great car it couldn’t have gone any better,” commented a very cheery Davison.
“It’s a huge achievement by the team to grab the one-two today and it’s great for me to be leading the Championship heading into the next points round in Tasmania.”
Orrcon Steel Racing’s Winterbottom was on the pace with his teammate and when they passed Garth Tander on lap 46 there was no stopping either factory Ford driver.
Unfortunately, getting hung up in traffic around his first pit stop, Frosty lost out on just a few seconds which proved to be enough for his faultless teammate to drive away to victory.
“I got stuck behind lapped cars on the in lap and got caught up by cars again on the out lap as well, which didn’t help and lost about four seconds,” explained Winterbottom.
“Will was the ultimate perfectionist today and didn’t put a foot wrong so there was no catching him but I’m happy to finish second and put myself in a better Championship position heading into the next points round.
“Today was a really big effort by the boys, they worked on [David] Reynolds car until 2am this morning and got up today and put in some ripper pit stops.”
Davison’s effort today was coupled with a second place result on Saturday to put him in front of the V8 Supercar Championship standings by 18 points over Jamie Whincup. Winterbottom sits fourth, 48 points adrift of Whincup.
Whincup won Saturday’s race by passing Orrcon Steel-backed FPR driver Davison on the final lap after Davison had to back off to conserve fuel. He managed to cross the line in second and make it 50 metres passed the finish-line before running out of fuel.
It was literally a splash of fuel that cost Winterbottom his first win in Adelaide on Saturday after the team’s calculations were just 0.5% out, which forced him to pit for a third time on the penultimate lap of the race and eventually finish ninth.
The next round on the V8 Supercar calendar is the non-championship Australian Grand Prix before points are once again up for grabs when teams head to Symmons Pains for the Tasmania Challenge, March 30-April 1.
2012 V8 Supercars Championship standings:
1. Davison – 288
2. Whincup – 270
3. Tander – 258
4. Winterbottom – 222
5. Lowndes – 206
6. Holdsworth – 201
7. Coulthard – 186
8. Van Gisbergen – 174
9. R Kelly – 168
10. Slade – 147