Get all your news in one place.
100’s of premium titles.
One app.
Start reading
Andrew van Leeuwen

Supercars Perth: Davison takes controversial win after Waters penalty

Waters made a perfect start to the race from the outside of the front row, clearing polesitter Davison before getting to the first corner.

He then pulled half a second on Davison across the first lap, only for that advantage to disappear when the safety car was initially called and then the race was red flagged.

The cause of the stoppage was a nasty clash between Scott Pye and Jack Le Brocq as they finished the first lap.

Le Brocq got a run on Pye out of the last corner, Pye then trying to defend his position without realising there was an overlap. That led to nose-to-bumper contact that spat Pye into the pitwall at speed.

His first point of impact was a gate in the wall which meant the race had to be stopped so repairs could take place. The race didn't restart for the best part of an hour, Waters picking up where he left off at the front of the field.

Again he could quickly gap Davison, the gap getting out to almost two seconds before Davison peeled into the pits on lap 23.

Tickford responded on the following lap by pitting Waters who emerged right in front of the DJR Ford.

With his tyres up to temp Davison was then able to get a run on Waters down the back straight before executing a late dive up the inside of the Tickford Ford at Turn 7.

The pair traded paint at the apex before Waters used the old pit entry apron to sweep back in front of Davison and retain the lead.

The controversial move drew the ire of the DJR crew and caught the attention of race control, which handed Waters a five-second penalty.

Cam Waters, Tickford Racing, Ford Mustang GT (Photo by: Edge Photographics)

Another safety car late in the race, prompted by Will Brown's car shutting down, made it difficult for Waters to build a five-second gap. He did get a six-lap sprint at the end but could only get 2s clear of Davison.

That sealed Davison's first race win since the 2016 Bathurst 1000, which was another race where Davison was second on the road, but won thanks to a time penalty for the leader.

It also marked the first Ford win of the 2022 season and the first win for a driver other than Chaz Mostert or Shane van Gisbergen.

"Relief is exactly the word," Davison said of the drought-breaking victory. "You want to earn the wins, so it kind of feels weird not crossing the line first. "It's just a weight off my shoulders now. I can stop talking about it and we can get on with the business."

The penalty dropped a furious Waters back to fourth in the final standings.

De Pasquale made it a DJR one-two with a solid second stint that included passing Brodie Kostecki at the first corner.

Andre Heimgartner put in a charging second stint to land on the podium thanks to a combination of taking four tyres at his stop and then closing up on those ahead of him behind the safety car.

The Kiwi then had superior grip to work his way into fourth on the road and to within the magic five seconds of Waters.

Van Gisbergen was helped by the late safety car as well with a three-tyre strategy helping him make up plenty of spots in the closing laps as he finished fifth. That meant he limited the points damage to De Pasquale, his series lead still a healthy 139 points.

Kostecki finished sixth ahead of James Courtney, Broc Feeney, Jake Kostecki and Todd Hazelwood.

Supercars Perth - Race 2 results

Cla Driver Car Laps Time Gap Interval
1 Australia Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 46 1:41'34.050    
2 Australia Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 46 1:41'36.149 2.098 2.098
3 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore ZB 46 1:41'36.579 2.529 0.430
4 Australia Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 46 1:41'37.641 3.590 1.061
5 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 46 1:41'38.311 4.260 0.669
6 Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 46 1:41'39.837 5.786 1.526
7 Australia James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 46 1:41'40.789 6.738 0.951
8 Broc Feeney Holden Commodore ZB 46 1:41'40.985 6.934 0.196
9 Australia Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT 46 1:41'41.400 7.349 0.414
10 Australia Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 46 1:41'41.749 7.698 0.349
11 Australia David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 46 1:41'42.096 8.045 0.346
12 Australia Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 46 1:41'43.891 9.840 1.794
13 Australia Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 46 1:41'45.147 11.096 1.256
14 Australia Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 46 1:41'45.483 11.432 0.335
15 New Zealand Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 46 1:41'45.580 11.529 0.097
16 Australia Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 46 1:41'45.742 11.691 0.162
17 Australia Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 46 1:41'46.595 12.544 0.852
18 Australia Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 46 1:41'47.044 12.993 0.449
19 Australia Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 46 1:41'47.275 13.224 0.230
20 Australia Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 45 1:41'48.291 1 Lap 1 Lap
21 Australia Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 44 1:41'51.348 2 Laps 1 Lap
  Australia Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 46 1:41'54.417 20.366 3.069
  Australia Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 45 1:40'50.551 1 Lap 1 Lap
  Australia Will Brown Holden Commodore ZB 34 1:28'31.454 12 Laps 11 Laps
  Australia Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 1 1'03.086 45 Laps 33 Laps
Sign up to read this article
Read news from 100’s of titles, curated specifically for you.
Already a member? Sign in here
Related Stories
Top stories on inkl right now
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Already a member? Sign in here
Our Picks
Fourteen days free
Download the app
One app. One membership.
100+ trusted global sources.