Jamie Whincup will start from the front row for both Saturday races at the Circuit of the Americas

Fabian Coulthard and Jamie Whincup have claimed respective pole positions for Saturday’s two 100-kilometre races at the V8 Supercars’ maiden visit to the Circuit of the Americas in Texas.

Fabian Coulthard claimed pole position for the opening raceThe opening fifteen-minute qualifying session saw a host of drivers claim provisional pole position, with P1 shuffled between four drivers in the final minute of play. After Red Bull Racing Australia teammates Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup traded fastest times, a final flier from Coulthard ensured that the Lockwood Racing Holden would win pole position honours.

Coulthard’s effort bumped Whincup to second place, while Lowndes will start from third place ahead of Coulthard’s stablemate David Wall, who exceeded his traditional qualifying form with the fourth-fastest time.

Will Davison, Jonathon Webb, Mark Winterbottom, Garth Tander and Shane van Gisbergen were next up, while Rick Kelly gave the Nissan Motorsport operation its first ever top-ten qualifying performance with tenth place in his Jack Daniel’s sponsored Altima.

Fellow V8 newcomers Erebus Motorsport had a tough qualifying session, with Maro Engel proving the best of the E63 AMGs in 22nd spot.


2013 V8 Supercars Austin 400 – Race 1 Qualifying Results:

Driver Entry / Team Result
1. Fabian Coulthard Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing 1:32.5934
2. Jamie Whincup Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering + 0.1437
3. Craig Lowndes Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering + 0.2590
4. David Wall Holden Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 0.4295
5. Will Davison Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 0.5111
6. Jonathon Webb Holden Tekno Autosports + 0.6298
7. Mark Winterbottom Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 0.6823
8. Garth Tander Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 0.7986
9. Shane van Gisbergen Holden VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports + 0.8190
10. Rick Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 0.8835
11. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 0.9600
12. Russell Ingall Holden SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR + 1.0188
13. Tony D’Alberto Holden Team HIFLEX / Tony D’Alberto Racing + 1.0808
14. James Courtney Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 1.0865
15. Scott McLaughlin Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 1.1072
16. James Moffat Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 1.1075
17. Todd Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 1.1237
18. Alex Davison Ford Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 1.2132
19. David Reynolds Ford Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 1.2458
20. Chaz Mostert Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 1.3189
21. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing + 1.5904
22. Maro Engel AMG SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 1.6656
23. Dean Fiore Holden Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 1.7039
24. Scott Pye Holden EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 1.7253
25. Michael Caruso Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 1.7903
26. Tim Slade AMG Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 1.9470
27. Lee Holdsworth AMG IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 2.3904
28. Tim Blanchard Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 2.6282

Whincup comfortably won pole position for Race 2

The second qualifying session was a Whincup benefit, with the reigning champion putting his Holden into top spot at the halway mark, over a second clear of the rest of the pack.

Teammate Lowndes threatened in the closing stages with a lap-time that was a quarter of a second slower than Whincup, while Coulthard ensured that the opening race’s top-three qualifiers would be the same trio – albeit in a different order – with the third-fastest time being posted in the final minute of play.

Tekno Holden pairing Shane van Gisbergen and Jonathon Webb start from fourth and fifth respectively, while Rick Kelly improved Nissan’s form with the sixth-fastest time – fellow Nissan runner James Moffat was tenth-fastest, much to the joy of the four-car operation.

Will Davison was the fastest Ford runner in seventh place, and the only driver from the ‘Blue Oval’ in the top-ten. He lines up ahead of GRM teammates Alexandre Premat and Scott McLaughlin.


2013 V8 Supercars Austin 400 – Race 2 Qualifying Results:

Driver Entry / Team Result
1. Jamie Whincup Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering 1:32.0311
2. Craig Lowndes Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering + 0.2598
3. Fabian Coulthard Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 0.2946
4. Shane van Gisbergen Holden VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports + 0.5955
5. Jonathon Webb Holden Tekno Autosports + 0.7188
6. Rick Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 0.8709
7. Will Davison Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 0.8749
8. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 0.8933
9. Scott McLaughlin Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 0.9739
10. James Moffat Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 0.9994
11. David Wall Holden Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 1.0092
12. Mark Winterbottom Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 1.0626
13. Tony D’Alberto Holden Team HIFLEX / Tony D’Alberto Racing + 1.3083
14. Michael Caruso Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 1.3114
15. David Reynolds Ford Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 1.3116
16. Todd Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 1.3636
17. Chaz Mostert Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 1.3645
18. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing + 1.3756
19. James Courtney Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 1.4247
20. Scott Pye Holden EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 1.5124
21. Garth Tander Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 1.5243
22. Russell Ingall Holden SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR + 1.7886
23. Alex Davison Ford Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 1.7921
24. Lee Holdsworth AMG IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 1.9262
25. Maro Engel AMG SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 2.2703
26. Tim Blanchard Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 2.2728
27. Dean Fiore Holden Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 2.3997
28. Tim Slade AMG Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport no time

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