Jamie Whincup will start from pole position for Sunday's opening 100-kilometre race at Queensland Raceway

Jamie Whincup and Will Davison have shared the honours in this morning’s two qualifying sessions that determine the respective starting orders for Sunday’s 100-kilometre races that will bring down the curtain on the Coates Hire Ipswich 360 at Queensland Raceway.

But undoubtedly the hero of both qualifying sessions was championship rookie Chaz Mostert, who took his little-fancied Dick Johnson Racing Ford to fourth-fastest in the opening qualifying session, before bettering the effort with a sensational front-row start in the subsequent session, giving Ford a front-row lockout for today’s second race.

The opening fifteen-minute session saw Saturday’s front row starters, Whincup and GRM Holden rookie Scott McLaughlin, repeat their qualifying efforts with another 1-2 in a busy opening session.

Whincup broke the qualifying lap record with a 1:09.07 lap time in the final two minutes of the session to secure top spot from McLaughlin by almost a quarter of a second. McLaughlin looked on course to eclipse Whincup’s time with a purple first sector on his final run, only to abort the lap when smoke began to emerge from the front of his Commodore.

It was the tenth pole position of the season for Whincup, matching his previous season’s best effort from 2012, which is an ominous sign for the rest of the year given there is still a little under half the championship to go.

James Courtney managed the third-fastest time as he looked to impress his Holden Racing Team into re-signing him on another multi-year contract, while Mostert outshone the form guide with fourth to finish as the fastest Falcon runner.

Fabian Coulthard will hope can have a better run in today’s opening race with the fifth-fastest effort. The Kiwi qualified ahead of FPR trio David Reynolds, Will and Alex Davison, while Jason Bright and Tim Slade round out the top-ten.

Among those to struggle in the opening qualifying session was Craig Lowndes, who only managed the thirteenth-fastest time and will start two places further behind courtesy of his transgression in yesterday’s 60/60 SuperSprint race, where he made contact with Mark Winterbottom.

Winterbottom himself didn’t fare much better, qualifying one spot behind Lowndes on the timesheets, although he will gain a grid spot courtesy of the Red Bull Racing Australia driver’s grid drop.


2013 V8 Supercars Coates Hire Ipswich 360 – Race 2 Qualifying Results:

Driver Entry / Team T10 Result
1. Jamie Whincup Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering 1:07.0747
2. Scott McLaughlin Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 0.2417
3. James Courtney Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 0.2647
4. Chaz Mostert Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 0.2707
5. Fabian Coulthard Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 0.3096
6. David Reynolds Ford Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 0.3408
7. Will Davison Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 0.3434
8. Alex Davison Ford Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 0.3742
9. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing + 0.3835
10. Tim Slade AMG Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 0.4109
11. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 0.4176
12. Shane van Gisbergen Holden VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports + 0.4189
13. Craig Lowndes* Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering + 0.4492
14. Mark Winterbottom Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 0.5258
15. Garth Tander Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 0.6141
16. Maro Engel AMG SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 0.6449
17. Lee Holdsworth AMG IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 0.6568
18. Tony D’Alberto Holden Team HIFLEX / Tony D’Alberto Racing + 0.6890
19. David Wall Holden Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 0.7561
20. Dean Fiore Holden Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 0.7620
21. Scott Pye Holden EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 0.7667
22. Rick Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 0.7924
23. Jonathon Webb Holden Darrell Lea Racing / Tekno Autosports + 0.8464
24. Russell Ingall Holden SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR + 0.8589
25. Tim Blanchard Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 0.8711
26. Michael Caruso Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 0.8757
27. Todd Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 0.9587
28. James Moffat Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 1.0133



The second qualifying session proved to be a Ford benefit, with the ‘Blue Oval’ claiming four of the top-five grid positions in another closely-contested fifteen-minute session.

This time it was Will Davison who claimed top honours, marginally edging out the incredible Mostert by just four-hundredths of a second to claim his first pole position of the 2012 season.

Mostert had occupied top spot until the dying minutes, at which point Davison edged ahead, while David Reynolds managed to hustle his Bottle-O Racing Ford Falcon into third-fastest.

In a session of personal bests, Tim Slade qualified his Erebus AMG Mercedes fourth-fastest, by far the outfit’s best qualifying performance in its maiden season of competition.

Alex Davison’s fifth place and eighth for Mark Winterbottom marked a great session for the Ford Performance Racing stable, which managed to get all four of its cars on the first four rows.

The best Holden runner was Scott McLaughlin, who continued his impressive weekend with the sixth-fastest time, while James Courtney backed up his solid qualifying performance with another sound effort in the HRT Commodore to net eighth.

The Red Bull Racing Australia team had a poor session by their typical standards, with Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes completing the fifth row of the grid.


2013 V8 Supercars Coates Hire Ipswich 360 – Race 2 Qualifying Results:

Driver Entry / Team T10 Result
1. Will Davison Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing 1:09.0503
2. Chaz Mostert Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 0.0489
3. David Reynolds Ford Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 0.0773
4. Tim Slade AMG Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 0.1197
5. Alex Davison Ford Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 0.1230
6. Scott McLaughlin Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 0.1483
7. James Courtney Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 0.1503
8. Mark Winterbottom Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 0.1641
9. Jamie Whincup Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering + 0.2652
10. Craig Lowndes Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering + 0.2870
11. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing + 0.3217
12. Fabian Coulthard Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 0.3812
13. Shane van Gisbergen Holden VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports + 0.3838
14. Lee Holdsworth AMG IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 0.3911
15. Todd Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 0.4186
16. Rick Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 0.4253
17. Tony D’Alberto Holden Team HIFLEX / Tony D’Alberto Racing + 0.4687
18. Jonathon Webb Holden Darrell Lea Racing / Tekno Autosports + 0.5105
19. Garth Tander Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 0.5577
20. Maro Engel AMG SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 0.6066
21. Russell Ingall Holden SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR + 0.6152
22. Dean Fiore Holden Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 0.6164
23. James Moffat Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 0.6192
24. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 0.6443
25. Tim Blanchard Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 0.6627
26. Scott Pye Holden EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 0.6645
27. David Wall Holden Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 0.7480
28. Michael Caruso Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 1.0503

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