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19 May 2012 Written by 

Davison and whincop crash in V8 race

Ford Performance Racing boss Tim Edwards has described as "borderline lunacy" the driving which led to Jamie Whincup and Will Davison spectacularly crashing their V8 Supercars at Phillip Island on Saturday.

Championship front-runners Whincup and Davison tangled in a late-race crash which potentially damages their title hopes, and wrecked their cars.

 

Stewards have launched an investigation into the incident, in which neither driver was injured.

As a pack of drivers diced at high speed, Davison's car clipped Tim Slade's Ford, sending Davison into a terrifying slide off the track onto the wet grass.

Whincup was helpless to avoid what followed as Davison's Ford re-entered the track and ploughed into his Holden, taking both cars out of the race with just three laps left.

The incident allowed Davison's Ford Performance Racing teammate Mark Winterbottom to go on and win the 32-lap race, putting him back into the championship picture.

Going into the weekend's second race on Sunday, Whincup still leads the championship by 10 points from Winterbottom, with Davison dropping to third place 19 points further back.

Edwards refused to single out which drivers he felt responsible for the damage which accounted for his driver Davison and innocent bystander Whincup, who looked set for second place before he was taken out.

But Edwards made no bones about what he thought of the standard of driving from some in that pack, who had been jockeying for position on and off-track in a frenzied final few laps.

"Borderline lunacy," Edwards said of the latter stages of the race.

"Will was involved in some pretty average driving by a fair few blokes for a couple of laps there. It's disappointing."

A safety car restart late in the race led to mayhem behind Winterbottom, who cleared out from the carnage that followed. 

First, Shane van Gisbergen slid off the track as the pack battled yet, amazingly, returned his Ford back into the race with no problem.

There was no such luck for Davison soon after when he found the grass.

Van Gisbergen went on to finish second with Slade third.

"It's your worst nightmare when you're sliding off the track like that," Davison said.

"I tried to pull right and get across the front of Jamie. I was praying he saw he me coming.

"Not fun - it was a bit crazy there, the last few laps."

Winterbottom, who turns 31 on Sunday, started on pole position but was outgunned early in the first of the weekend's two races by Ford driver David Reynolds.

But Reynolds struck trouble at his first pit stop - a split hose on his fuel rig stopping him from filling up, and effectively ruining his race.

Whincup's Holden teammate Craig Lowndes also had misfortune, with a drive-through penalty for shunting Holden rival Jason Bright off the track, relegating him to an eventual 13th place finish.

He has slipped from fourth to fifth in the championship.



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