Mark Winterbottom has become the first V8 Supercars driver since 1998 to claim four consecutive pole positions, after going quickest in the Top-10 shootout to determine the starting grid for the opening race of the Sucrogen 400 in Townsville.
‘Frosty’ shares the front row with V8 Supercars championship leader Jamie Whincup (Triple 8 Engineering), while their respective team-mates Will Davison and Craig Lowndes complete the grid’s second row.
Garth Tander qualified fifth-fastest in the session as he managed to get his HRT Holden well sorted – the Western Australian has never finished off the podium here – but team-mate and defending champion James Courtney had yet another wretched qualifying session. He will start from a lowly 19th.
Courtney was one of several big names to struggle in qualifying for today’s 72-lap race, with Courtney sharing the lower rows of the grid with Jason Bright and Shane van Gisbergen, who won the last race at Darwin.
The surprise qualifying results saw the likes of David Reynolds, Rick Kelly and Steve Owen all make appearances in the Top-10 Shootout, and they will round out the final places in the first five rows.
The first race starts at 3:30PM local time.
V8 Supercars Sucrogen Townsville 400 Qualifying Results (Race 1):
|Driver||Entry / Team||Q1||Top-10|
|1.||Mark Winterbottom||Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing||1:13.0832||1:12.9424|
|2.||Jamie Whincup||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||1:12.9282||1:13.0667|
|3.||Will Davison||Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing||1:13.1923||1:13.0764|
|4.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||1:13.1363||1:13.1731|
|5.||Garth Tander||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||1:13.0529||1:13.2245|
|6.||Lee Holdsworth||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||1:13.2717||1:13.2966|
|7.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||1:13.1923||1:13.3250|
|8.||David Reynolds||Stratco Racing / Kelly Racing||1:13.2031||1:13.3408|
|9.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||1:13.1045||1:13.5942|
|10.||Steve Owen||VIP Petfoods / Paul Morris Motorsport||1:13.2768||1:14.1755|
|11.||Fabian Coulthard||Bundaberg Racing / Walkinsaw Racing||1:13.2894|
|12.||Jonathon Webb||Mother Energy Racing Team / Tekno||1:13.3499|
|13.||Jason Bargwanna||Jana Living Racing / Brad Jones Racing||1:13.3515|
|14.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||1:13.3909|
|15.||Paul Dumbrell||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash||1:13.4877|
|16.||James Moffatt||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||1:13.4892|
|17.||Greg Murphy||Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing||1:13.5025|
|18.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto / Paul Morris||1:13.5053|
|19.||James Courtney||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||1:13.5119|
|20.||Tim Slade||Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||1:13.5184|
|21.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||1:13.5220|
|22.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing||1:13.5295|
|23.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||1:13.5611|
|24.||Tony D’Alberto||Wilson Security / Tony D’Alberto Racing||1:13.6126|
|25.||Dean Fiore||Triple F Racing||1:13.7110|
|26.||Alex Davison||Irwin / Stone Brothers Racing||1:13.7794|
|27.||Warren Luff||Gulf Western Oil / Lucas Dumbrell||1:13.9782|
|28.||Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds / Brad Jones Racing||1:14.1916|
* Top-10 starting order determined via a separate top-ten single-lap qualifying session
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