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Mike Stevens | Aug 3, 2009

Triple Eight Racing and Holden Racing Team have both agreed to withdraw stewards appeals against the legality of each other’s cars in a peace deal following the Sandown 400 yesterday.

HRT has repeatedly queried whether Triple Eight’s front splitter falls outside current V8 Supercars regulations, claiming it enhances aerodynamic performance.

Although the stewards have already thrown out the complaint twice before, it didn’t stop HRT and other Holden-backed teams from again testing their resolve.

In retaliation for HRT’s constant complaints regarding the front splitter, Triple Eight took its turn yesterday to forward its concerns to race officials over the factory team’s use of material behind the front grille.

Triple Eight boss Roland Dane said he believed the use of “blanking” could improve aerodynamic performance, but had his protest dismissed.

Dane appealed the stewards decision, but has since chosen to back down after HRT too decided to withdraw its protest over Triple Eight’s splitter in a bid to ease tensions between the warring parties.

The stoush threatened to turn Holden’s recruitment of Triple Eight Racing for next year into a farce as the company’s two future marquee names battled out their rivalry in public.

Meanwhile, HRT star Will Davison has closed the gap to series leader Jamie Whincup following a stellar weekend at Sandown.

HRT's Will Davison at the Dunlop Townsville 400 in 2009.
HRT's Will Davison at the Dunlop Townsville 400 in 2009.

Davison claimed victory in Saturday’s first race from pole position in a dominant performance as HRT laid down the gauntlet to their soon-to-be factory rivals Triple Eight Racing, with Craig Lowndes finishing third and Whincup crossing the line sixth.

In race two, Davison’s teammate Garth Tander stole the show to win and relegate his disappointing performance on Saturday to a distant memory.

Tander led home Davison in a sterling one-two finish as HRT asserted its dominance as the premier outfit in V8 Supercars, with Whincup claiming third.

“I probably didn’t qualify as well as I would have liked this morning but the car was very good in the race,” Tander said after the event.

“The guys did a fantastic job strategy-wise so it was a pretty straight-forward job for us. It was great to have one of those races. We have had a few races this year where the strategy has zigged and we have zagged, so it was great for us to get that (the strategy) right.”

Davison trails Whincup by 117 points in the championship standings while Tander is a further 258 points down.

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