Team Vodafone’s Jamie Whincup has secured pole position for the first race of this weekend’s Trading Post Perth Challenge at Barbagallo Raceway.
The former V8 Supercars champion led the way with a scintillating lap time of 56.0734 seconds in this morning’s 20-minute qualifying session, while Will Davison hauled his Ford Falcon around the circuit just 0.2 seconds slower to deny Team Vodafone a 1-2 on the grid for this afternoon’s race – Craig Lowndes was bumped to third place, but over half a second slower than his team-mate.
Qualifying times are usually extremely close at Barbagallo Raceway, and just half a second covered P3 to P24 on the 28-car grid. The order was perhaps a little more jumbled than usual, and local boy Karl Reindler put in a career-best performance to qualify sixth-fastest.
Defending series champion James Courtney qualified seventh-fastest, while his TOLL Holden Racing Team team-mate Garth Tander had a rotten qualifying session on his home track, twice running off the circuit during the session on the way to a woeful 23rd place on the grid.
The first 50-lap race of the Trading Post Perth Challenge starts at 2.05pm local time (4.05pm AEST) today.
V8 Supercars Trading Post Perth Challenge Qualifying Results (Race 1):
|1.||Jamie Whincup||Team Vodafone||0:56.0734|
|2.||Will Davison||Trading Post FPR||+ 0.2131|
|3.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone||+ 0.5398|
|4.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam Racing||+ 0.6256|
|5.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing||+ 0.6313|
|6.||Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing||+ 0.6451|
|7.||James Courtney||TOLL Holden Racing Team||+ 0.6490|
|8.||Alex Davison||Irwin Racing||+ 0.6545|
|9.||James Moffat||Jim Beam Racing||+ 0.6672|
|10.||Jason Bright||Team BOC||+ 0.6957|
|11.||Lee Holdsworth||Fujitsu Racing GRM||+ 0.7710|
|12.||Mark Winterbottom||Orrcon Steel FPR||+ 0.7789|
|13.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing GRM||+ 0.7849|
|14.||Paul Dumbrell||The Bottle-O Racing Team||+ 0.8097|
|15.||David Reynolds||Stratco Racing||+ 0.8110|
|16.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tool Racing FPR||+ 0.8339|
|17.||Steve Owen||VIP Petfoods||+ 0.8973|
|18.||Jonathon Webb||Mother Energy Racing Team||+ 0.9040|
|19.||Tim Slade||Lucky 7 Racing||+ 0.9114|
|20.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto Racing||+ 0.9245|
|21.||Jason Bargwanna||Jana Living Racing||+ 0.9312|
|22.||Greg Murphy||Pepsi Max Crew||+ 0.9629|
|23.||Garth Tander||TOLL Holden Racing Team||+ 0.9796|
|24.||Dean Fiore||Triple F Racing||+ 1.0668|
|25.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing||+ 1.0840|
|26.||Warren Luff||Gulf Western Oil Racing||+ 1.1133|
|27.||Fabian Coulthard||Bundaberg Racing||+ 1.1380|
|28.||Tony D’Alberto||Wilson Security Racing||+ 1.4375|
[Original image via Team Vodafone]