Mark Winterbottom and Jamie Whincup have repeated their qualifying efforts from yesterday’s first race qualifying at Darwin for this weekend’s SkyCity Triple Crown V8 Supercars event.
The Ford Performance Racing driver snatched pole position in the dying minutes, with a time of 1:09.7935, just six-hundredths of a second quicker than Whincup’s best effort.
In bright and sunny conditions, it was again a tense affair as a whole host of drivers took turns at the top of the timesheets.
Much of the field went out early in the twenty-minuter session to post a banker lap before returning to the pits to collect fresh rubber ahead of a more serious crack at achieving a good qualifying result.
For Winterbottom, Whincup and Stone Brother Racing driver Shane van Gisbergen, qualifying was especially important after each was hit with a 25-point penalty after their antics during the Race 1 restart yesterday.
And Winterbottom took the ultimate redemption with pole, which he will no doubt be desperately wanting to convert into a first win of the season.
Behin the leading pair, Craig Lowndes qualified third-fastest ahead of Garry Rogers Motorsport driver Lee Holdsworth.
The next five places on the grid are all occupied by Ford drivers, with Tony D’Alberto, Will Davison, Tim Slade, Steven Johnson an Alex Davison all covered by just over 0.1 seconds. Russell Ingall completed the top-ten on the grid.
Yesterday’s race-winner Rick Kelly qualified 14th-fastest for today’s 69-lap race, one spot ahead of Holden Racing Team’s Garth Tander, whose team-mate James Courtney could do no better than 21st-fastest.
Today’s longer race will see the drivers use both the ‘prime’ and ‘sprint’ Dunlop dry-weather race tyre.
V8 Supercars SkyCity Triple Crown Qualifying Results (Race 2):
|Driver||Entry / Team||Q1|
|1.||Mark Winterbottom||Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing||1:09.7935|
|2.||Jamie Whincup||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||+ 0.0621|
|3.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||+ 0.0689|
|4.||Lee Holdsworth||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 0.1154|
|5.||Tony D’Alberto||Wilson Security / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 0.1286|
|6.||Will Davison||Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.1345|
|7.||Tim Slade||Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 0.1396|
|8.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.2132|
|9.||Alex Davison||Irwin / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 0.2363|
|10.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto / Paul Morris||+ 0.2370|
|26.||Jonathon Webb||Mother Energy Racing Team / Tekno||+ 0.3251|
|3.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 0.3284|
|13.||David Reynolds||Stratco Racing / Kelly Racing||+ 0.3387|
|12.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||+ 0.3403|
|19.||Garth Tander||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||+ 0.3632|
|21.||Fabian Coulthard||Bundaberg Racing / Walkinsaw Racing||+ 0.3746|
|8.||Greg Murphy||Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing||+ 0.3831|
|15.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.3946|
|10.||Paul Dumbrell||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash||+ 0.4074|
|16.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 0.4267|
|11.||James Courtney||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||+ 0.4285|
|27.||Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.5112|
|25.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||+ 0.5308|
|28.||Warren Luff||Gulf Western Oil / Lucas Dumbrell||+ 0.6079|
|23.||Dean Fiore||Triple F Racing||+ 0.6116|
|22.||James Moffatt||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.6569|
|9.||Steve Owen||VIP Petfoods / Paul Morris Motorsport||+ 0.6658|
|26.||Jason Bargwanna||Jana Living Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.7038|
[Image and video via V8 Supercars Media]