Perennial V8 Supercars frontrunner David Reynolds has finally claimed his maiden V8 Supercars pole position today, leading a Ford Performance 1-2-3 on the streets of Townsville ahead of this afternoon’s second race of the Sucrogen Townsville 400.
In another tightly-fought contest, Reynolds emerged on top by just 0.07 seconds from yesterday’s pole-winner, team-mate Mark Winterbottom, while Will Davison was third-quickest by a similar margin.
The result marks Renolds’ fifth front-row appearance in his last six qualifying outings, giving him the ideal platform to chase down his first win of his championship career in today’s 200-kilometre race.
In another impressive showing for Dick Johnson Racing, Steve Owen finished up fourth-fastest, while Craig Lowndes, James Courtney, Jonathon Webb, Fabian Coulthard, Jamie Whincup and Michael Patrizi rounded out the top ten positions on the grid.
Owen is not expected to be able to carry this pace through to the race, however, following the series’ officials overnight ruling that his simultaneous use of soft and hard tyre compounds in the same stint – a stunt conjured up by team manager Paul Morris for yesterday’s race – would no longer be allowed.
V8 Supercars returnee, former F1 and IndyCar champion Jacques Villeneuve, will be hoping for a decent race showing today, despite qualifying slowest of all the 28 runners today. The French-Canadian showed some decent pace in yesterday’s race – getting up to the fringes of the top ten early on – before he was sidelined by an engine problem in his Kelly Racing run Holden Commodore.
2012 V8 Supercars Sucrogen Townsville 400 – Race 2 Qualifying Results:
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash||1:13.0132|
|2.||Mark Winterbottom||Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.0672|
|3.||Will Davison||Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.1312|
|4.||Steve Owen||VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.1883|
|5.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||+ 0.1948|
|6.||James Courtney||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||+ 0.2541|
|7.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||+ 0.2819|
|8.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.3160|
|9.||Jamie Whincup||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||+ 0.3499|
|10.||Michael Patrizi||Tekno Autosports||+ 0.3618|
|11.||Tony D’Alberto||HIFLEX / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 0.3629|
|12.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.3954|
|13.||Garth Tander||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||+ 0.4475|
|14.||James Moffat||Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.4526|
|15.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.4825|
|16.||Tim Slade||Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 0.4850|
|17.||Lee Holdsworth||Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 0.5712|
|18.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 0.6088|
|19.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||+ 0.6145|
|20.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||+ 0.6819|
|21.||Taz Douglas||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 0.6917|
|22.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 0.7113|
|23.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing||+ 0.7279|
|24.||Dean Fiore||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.8007|
|25.||Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing||+ 0.8215|
|26.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 1.0626|
|27.||David Wall||Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing||+ 1.1805|
|28.||Jacques Villeneuve||Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing||+ 1.8514|