Craig Lowndes has finally broken Mark Winterbottom’s stranglehold on pole position, qualifying fastest for today’s second race of the V8 Supercars Sucrogen Townsville 400.
The Triple 8 Engineering driver took his third pole of the season after clocking an impressive 1:12.8533 lap time in his Holden Commodore to take spot from Winterbottom’s Ford by three-tenths of a second.
Having impressively charged to the lead of Race 1 on soft tyres, David Reynolds took a career-best third-fastest in his Kelly Racing Holden, one spot ahead of yesterday’s Race 1 victor Garth Tander (TOLL HRT).
Winterbottom’s team-mate Will Davison qualified fifth-fastest in the sister Ford, and he’ll no doubt be hoping to claim back-to-back podium finishes. He shares the third row of the grid with Jason Bright, who showed much improved qualifying pace in his Brad Jones Racing Holden.
Championship leader Jamie Whincup had a poor qualifying session by his standards, lining up eighth for today’s 72-lap race.
V8 Supercars Sucrogen Townsville 400 Qualifying Results (Race 2):
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||1:12.8533|
|2.||Mark Winterbottom||Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.3198|
|3.||David Reynolds||Stratco Racing / Kelly Racing||+ 0.3532|
|4.||Garth Tander||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||+ 0.3659|
|5.||Will Davison||Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.4048|
|6.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.4445|
|7.||Lee Holdsworth||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 0.4582|
|8.||Jamie Whincup||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||+ 0.4997|
|9.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||+ 0.5591|
|10.||James Moffatt||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.6352|
|11.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 0.6919|
|12.||James Courtney||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||+ 0.6926|
|13.||Jason Bargwanna||Jana Living Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.7234|
|14.||Tim Slade||Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 0.7283|
|15.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto / Paul Morris||+ 0.7575|
|16.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.8234|
|17.||Fabian Coulthard||Bundaberg Racing / Walkinsaw Racing||+ 0.8418|
|18.||Greg Murphy||Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing||+ 0.8419|
|19.||Steve Owen||VIP Petfoods / Paul Morris Motorsport||+ 0.8660|
|20.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||+ 0.9138|
|21.||Jonathon Webb||Mother Energy Racing Team / Tekno||+ 0.9427|
|22.||Alex Davison||Irwin / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 0.9775|
|23.||Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds / Brad Jones Racing||+ 1.0132|
|24.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 1.0169|
|25.||Dean Fiore||Triple F Racing||+ 1.1189|
|26.||Warren Luff||Gulf Western Oil / Lucas Dumbrell||+ 1.3120|
|27.||Tony D’Alberto||Wilson Security / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 1.3711|
|28.||Paul Dumbrell||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash||+ 7.9266|