Jamie Whincup has qualified fastest in provisional qualifying for the Bathurst 1000

Jamie Whincup has posted the fastest time in today’s provisional qualifying session, which will give him the final berth in tomorrow’s one-lap Top-10 Shootout to determine the final starting order for the Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama.

Such was Whincup’s dominance in the session’s early proceedings, the Red Bull Racing Australia driver opted to sit out the final ten minutes of the session while his rivals tried, and failed, to better his benchmark effort.

Mark Winterbottom came closest, with the Ford Performance Racing driver getting to within six-hundredths of a second of the reigning champion’s 2:08.0054 benchmark effort.

Four Holdens rounded out the top six positions, with Jason Bright, James Courtney, Shane van Gisbergen and Craig Lowndes doing the honours, although Lowndes could have improved his position were it not for having an off at Murray’s Corner on his final lap.

Whincup wasn’t without his own wild moments, however, clipping the wall at the Dipper on his second flying lap, which sent him scurrying back into the pits for a once-over from his mechanics before he emerged back on track to improve his earlier time.

Behind the leading six came Winterbottom’s FPR stablemates, Will Davison and David Reynolds, who opted to keep their qualifying running to a minimum in order to conserve tyre sets for Sunday’s 161-lap race.

The Fujitsu GRM Holdens of Scott McLaughlin and Alexandre Premat rounded out the top-ten, with both setting their best times on the final flying laps to make the Top-10 Shootout tomorrow. It was a major improvement for Premat, who was kept out of qualifying at last year’s event when his co-driver Jack Perkins proved quicker.

Their performance proved enough to knock former Bathurst winner Garth Tander out of tomorrow’s Shootout.

Fabian Coulthard was another high-profile casualty, qualifying his Lockwood Racing Commodore fourteenth-fastest as his straight-line speed struggles continued, despite a pre-session engine change.

International duo Mattias Ekstrom and Andry Priaulx knocked on the door of a shock Top-10 Shootout appearance after provisionally going seventh quickest in the early part of the session, but the Swede was unable to improve his pace, leaving the pair down in 18th. They share the ninth row of the grid with Michael Caruso, who was the fastest of the four Nissan entries.

Steven Johnson was the only co-driver to go out in qualifying, with Erebus Motorsport opting for the Queenslander’s experience ahead of regular driver Maro Engel. The Mercedes outfit only had two of its three cars in the session, with repairs to Tim Slade’s #47 entry set to continue well into Saturday after his huge practice accident.

Chaz Mostert was also missing in action in his Tuff-Green-liveried Dick Johnson Racing Ford after he had a practice accident before qualifying.


2013 V8 Supercars Bathurst 1000 – Preliminary Qualifying Results:

Driver Entry / Team Result
1. Jamie Whincup / Paul Dumbrell Holden Triple 8 Engineering 2:08.0054
2. Mark Winterbottom / Steve Richards Ford Ford Performance Racing + 0.0558
3. Jason Bright / Andrew Jones Holden Brad Jones Racing + 0.2130
4. James Courtney / Greg Murphy Holden Walkinshaw Performance + 0.2422
5. Shane van Gisbergen / Jeroen Bleekemolen Holden Tekno Autosports + 0.2770
6. Craig Lowndes / Warren Luff Holden Triple 8 Engineering + 0.3988
7. Will Davison / Steve Owen Ford Ford Performance Racing + 0.4397
8. David Reynolds / Dean Canto Ford Ford Performance Racing + 0.4421
9. Scott McLaughlin / Jack Perkins Holden Garry Rogers Motorsport + 0.5738
10. Alexandre Prémat / Greg Ritter Holden Garry Rogers Motorsport + 0.5846
11. Garth Tander / Nick Percat Holden Walkinshaw Performance + 0.6322
12. Lee Holdsworth / Craig Baird AMG Erebus Motorsport + 0.7102
13. David Wall / Chris Pither Holden Brad Jones Racing + 0.8623
14. Fabian Coulthard / Luke Youlden Holden Brad Jones Racing + 0.8642
15. Tony D’Alberto / Jonny Reid Holden Tony D’Alberto Racing + 0.8780
16. Maro Engel / Steven Johnson AMG Erebus Motorsport + 0.9249
17. Michael Caruso / Daniel Gaunt Nissan Nissan Motorsport + 0.9266
18. Mattias Ekstrom / Andry Priaulx Holden Triple 8 Engineering + 0.9946
19. James Moffat / Taz Douglas Nissan Nissan Motorsport + 1.0975
20. Jonathon Webb / Marc Lieb Holden Tekno Autosports + 1.1304
21. Tim Blanchard / Ashley Walsh Ford Dick Johnson Racing + 1.1858
22. Scott Pye / Paul Morris Holden Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 1.3377
23. Todd Kelly / David Russell Nissan Nissan Motorsport + 1.3404
24. Rick Kelly / Karl Reindler Nissan Nissan Motorsport + 1.4807
25. Russell Ingall / Ryan Briscoe Holden Walkinshaw Performance + 1.5881
26. Alex Davison / John McIntyre Ford Ford Performance Racing + 1.6614
27. Dean Fiore / Matt Halliday Holden Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 1.6914
  Did Not Qualify      
NQ. Chaz Mostert / Dale Wood Ford Dick Johnson Racing no time
NQ. Tim Slade / Andrew Thompson AMG Erebus Motorsport no time

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