Ford Performance Racing, led by yesterday’s pole-sitter Will Davison, has led an emphatic 1-2-3 in qualifying for the second and final race of this year’s V8 Supercars SkyCity Triple Crown round at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway.
Davison, who lost his championship lead to TeamVodafone rival Jamie Whincup after yesterday’s opening race (won by Whincup), claimed pole position for today’s 200-kilometre race in the closing minutes of play, edging out team-mates Mark Winterbottom and David Reynolds for top honours.
Incredibly, the next-best-placed Ford runner would be Shane van Gisbergen in thirteenth place, as the Holden runners claimed positions four through twelve.
Whincup ended the session fourth-fastest in his TeamVodafone Holden, two spots ahead of team-mate Craig Lowndes.
The pair sandwiched Gary Rogers Motorsport Holden driver Michael Caruso, who enjoyed the best qualifying performance of his season, while his rookie team-mate Alexandre Prémat did likewise, finishing twelfth-fastest in the day’s twenty-minute qualifying session.
It was a similar story for the two Tekno Autosport runners, with Jonathon Webb lining up seventh-fastest, while team-mate Michael Patrizi was tenth. The pair sandwiched the Brad Jones Racing pair of Fabian Coulthard and Jason Bright.
Today’s 69-lap race gets underway at 3:00pm local time.
2012 V8 Supercars SkyCity Triple Crown Darwin – Race 2 Qualifying Results:
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Will Davison||Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing||1:08.5004|
|2.||Mark Winterbottom||Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.1681|
|3.||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash||+ 0.3450|
|4.||Jamie Whincup||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||+ 0.3616|
|5.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 0.4837|
|6.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||+ 0.5269|
|7.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||+ 0.5664|
|8.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.5927|
|9.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.6239|
|10.||Michael Patrizi||Tekno Autosports||+ 0.6789|
|11.||James Courtney||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||+ 0.6929|
|12.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 0.6991|
|13.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 0.7048|
|14.||Steve Owen||VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.7105|
|15.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||+ 0.7286|
|16.||Tim Slade||Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 0.7460|
|17.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.7724|
|18.||Tony D’Alberto||HIFLEX / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 0.7750|
|19.||Lee Holdsworth||Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 0.7819|
|20.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing||+ 0.8808|
|21.||Garth Tander||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||+ 0.8939|
|22.||Taz Douglas||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 0.9098|
|23.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||+ 0.9189|
|24.||David Wall||Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing||+ 1.0515|
|25.||James Moffat||Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 1.1715|
|26.||Dean Fiore||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 1.2290|
|27.||David Russell||Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing||+ 1.3854|
|28.||Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing||+ 1.4050|