Davison secures V8 pole in Abu Dhabi

ROJE ADAIMY
Last updated 09:01 03/11/2012

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Ford's Will Davison has secured pole position for all three sprint races at this weekend's V8 Supercars round in Abu Dhabi.

The Ford Performance Racing (FPR) pilot added to his last-start win on the Gold Coast with the three fastest lap times during Friday's qualifier at Yas Marina Circuit.

His quickest, at two minutes and 11.766 seconds, was 0.11s faster than Holden's Jamie Whincup's best lap.

Championship leader Whincup scored second place on the grid for the trio of 12-lap races on Saturday and Sunday.

Third fastest qualifier was Ford's New Zealand driver Shane Van Gisbergen.

Davison, who sat near the middle of the field during practice, hopes pole position will keep him clear of all the "dive-bombing" expected during the races.

"I think the circuit's going to promote some pretty wild racing and wild overtaking, so I'd love to think I'm clear (of) getting wiped out and we can have a great race up the front," he said.

Sitting in fourth place and 557 points behind Whincup on the championship ladder, Davison says he's still keen to finish the year in the top three.

"Winning races and pole positions are great, they're massively rewarding and satisfying," he said.

"When you've got a great car and great team you've got to make hay while the sun shines.

"Right now it's great to be challenging for wins and obviously the more the merrier."

Whincup admitted qualifying didn't go as well has hoped, mainly because of the changing track conditions during the 20-minute session.

"We just didn't adjust quick enough and got dubbed by Davo (Will Davison)," he said.

"Clearly he did a very good job, clearly he drove very well ... and definitely deserved pole."

Despite Ford's Mark Winterbottom qualifying in sixth spot, Whincup wasn't ready to write-off his main championship challenger for this weekend's races on the Formula One meet program.

"It's a long way around here so certainly anyone can come from 8th, 10th position, anything like that," Whincup said.

Van Gisbergen believes strategy will still play a big role in all three races, with tyre degradation on the 40-plus degree track a key challenge.

"With 12 laps there'd probably still be some people struggling at the end of that," he said.

"Some people might go hard, some people might conserve a little bit still even though it's only 12 laps."

The first of the three races begins at 7pm (NZT) on Saturday.

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