Ford’s Will Davison ended a nearly six-year wait for a Supercars victory on a dramatic day in Perth.
The Shell V-Power Racing star claimed his first victory since the 2016 Bathurst 1000 in controversial fashion in Sunday’s first event at Wanneroo Raceway before championship leader Shane van Gisbergen fought back to claim the second race of 46 afternoon rounds.
Davison’s decisive victory came despite Ford’s Cameron Waters crossing the finish line first, with the Tickford Racing star handed a five-second penalty from the race marshals for an incident on the track as the pair were battling for the lead.
The penalty dropped a furious Waters to fourth in the standings, allowing Davison to claim his first triumph of the season in a race that had to be suspended for an hour after Scott Pye crashed at the end of the first lap, damaging a gate on the pit lane fence in the process.
Davison’s teammate Anton De Pasquale completed a one-two finish for Shell V-Power Racing with Holden’s Andre Heimgartner lifted to third due to Waters’ penalty.
In Sunday’s second race, van Gisbergen took his eighth win of the season to extend his championship lead.
Ford’s James Courtney and Davison rounded out the podium spots.
That race two result was overshadowed by the dramatic first race, with Waters penalized for a dangerous re-entry after going wide under pressure from Davison on the final corner before coming back onto the track ahead of his rival on lap 29.
“I wouldn’t have been there if I hadn’t been kicked out,” Waters said after the race.
“Not a single person has ever received a penalty for this.”
A relieved Davison was just happy to end his long wait for a win, despite the controversy.
“You want to get the wins, so it feels a little weird not crossing the line first, but I also feel like I got a really good shot on Cam,” he said.
“It’s a gray area that holds back and you can’t really take advantage of it like he did. We all know that.
“There’s just a weight on my shoulders. Now I can just stop talking about it.”
The next stop in the Supercars Championship is the Winton SuperSprint on May 21-22.
Australian Associated Press