Van Gisbergen has another $2500 in the kitty after claiming pole position for the second leg of the Clipsal 500

Shane van Gisbergen and Mark Winterbottom will once again share the front row of the grid for the second leg of the Clipsal 500 at Adelaide after another closely-fought qualifying session this morning.

Van Gisbergen – who fluffed his pole position in yesterday’s opening race after forgetting to put the car in gear – posted a 1:20.7148 lap time, which left Winterbottom’s last flying lap tantalisingly close to top spot by just 0.11 seconds after the Kiwi driver bettered his provisional effort.


Van Gisbergen edged Mark Winterbottom from pole position by just 0.11 seconds
Van Gisbergen edged Mark Winterbottom from pole position by just 0.11 seconds


Despite being stripped of his fastest lap time for hopping the Senna Chicane kerbs, Jami Whincup still managed to go third-quickest, while Winterbottom’s team-mate Will Davison was fourth-fastest in the other Pepsi Max Crew Ford.

The session’s major pacesetter was Fabian Coulthard, but the Brad Jones Racing driver cost himself a shot at pole position after controversial contact with Garth Tander’s HRT Holden.

On a flying lap, the New Zealander found a much slower Tander completely in the way as they approached the final corner and punted him into a spin. The contact ensured that Coulthard didn’t manage to improve on what was ultimately the fifth-fastest time, and stewards sensationally opted not to penalise him. Tander’s troubles meant he managed no better than the 14th-fastest overall effort.

After claiming his career-best finish yesterday, Alexandre Premat qualified a fine sixth-fastestThe GRM Holden team once again had a great qualifying session, with team-mates Alexandre Prémat (pictured) and Scott McLaughlin claiming sixth and seventh on the grid.

Yesterday’s racewinner Craig Lowndes was eighth-fastest in the Red Bull Racing Australia Holden, followed by Walkinshaw Performance stablemates Russell Ingall and James Courtney in their Holdens.

Holden and Ford runners locked out the top half of the grid, with Rick Kelly the fastest of the other manufacturer entries in 16th place in his Nissan Altima.

The three-car Erebus Motorsport AMG outfit had another difficult session as they struggled with a lack of pre-season mileage and horsepower. The team filled three of the slowest four positions on the grid.

Maro Engel continued his tough baptism to the championship, hampered by more of the same throttle problems that ruined his qualifying performance yesterday. He will start from last place once again, almost a second off the pace of fellow back-row starter and team-mate Lee Holdsworth.

Today’s 78-lap 250-kilometre race gets underway at 2:35PM local time (GMT+10:30)


2013 V8 Supercars Clipsal 500 – Race 1 Qualifying Results:

Driver Entry / Team Result
1. Shane van Gisbergen Holden VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports 1:20.7148
2. Mark Winterbottom Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 0.1085
3. Jamie Whincup Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering + 0.1405
4. Will Davison Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 0.2181
5. Fabian Coulthard Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 0.2190
6. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 0.3903
7. Scott McLaughlin Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 0.3923
8. Craig Lowndes Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering + 0.4258
9. Russell Ingall Holden SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR + 0.4752
10. James Courtney Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 0.6302
11. Tony D’Alberto Holden Team HIFLEX / Tony D’Alberto Racing + 0.6962
12. Alex Davison Ford Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 0.7177
13. David Reynolds Ford Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 0.7238
14. Garth Tander Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 0.7420
15. Scott Pye Holden EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 0.8173
16. Rick Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 0.8230
17. Dean Fiore Holden Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 0.8430
18. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing + 0.8599
19. James Moffat Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 0.9943
20. Jonathon Webb Holden Tekno Autosports + 0.9995
21. Tim Blanchard Ford Wilson Security / Dick Johnson Racing + 1.2537
22. David Wall Holden Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 1.4635
23. Michael Caruso Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 1.4868
24. Todd Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 1.5666
25. Tim Slade AMG Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 1.5866
26. Jonny Reid Ford ADVAM Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 1.6777
27. Lee Holdsworth AMG IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 1.6820
28. Maro Engel AMG SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 2.6583

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