Mark Winterbottom will start from pole positions for today’s 60/60 SuperSprint race at Phillip Island.
The Ford Performance Racing driver vaulted to the top of the timesheets on his final flying lap, smashing the qualifying lap record to finish over half a second clear of his the rest of the field..
‘Frosty’ was languishing in a provisional back row starting position until his final flying lap, but he found a gap in the traffic to hustle his Ford Falcon around the 4.4-kilometre circuit with a time of 1:30.6099.
His time bumped provisional pole-sitter and championship leader Craig Lowndes to second on the grid. The pair’s fellow championship rivals and respective teammates, Will Davison and Jamie Whincup, could manage no better than tenth and thirteenth on the grid.
Garth Tander took his HRT Commodore third-quickest, while Alex Davison qualified his FPR Falcon an impressive fourth. With David Reynolds qualifying ninth-fastest, all four FPR cars managed to qualify inside the top ten.
Positions five to eight on the grid were claimed by Chaz Mostert, Fabian Coulthard, Shane van Gisbergen and Jason Bright.
Van Gisbergen was quickest in the early running, which saw the field run wet-weather tyres after an earlier rain shower. But the track quickly dried, triggering a switch to slick rubber at the halfway mark.
The slippery conditions caught a few drivers out. Coulthard and Whincup both speared off the track at Turn 2, but both managed to rejoin the circuit without too much drama.
James Moffat was another driver to come to grief at the same corner after getting his Nissan well out of shape at the fast Turn 1 right-hander, but he also managed to recover although starts from the back row of the grid.
The first 60-kilometre race leg gets underway at 3:45pm local time, with the grid order for the second points-paying race determined by the finishing order of Leg 1.
2013 V8 Supercars Phillip Island 360 – Race 1 Qualifying Results:
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||1:30.6099|
|2.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 0.5050|
|3.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 0.5392|
|4.||Alex Davison||Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.5552|
|5.||Chaz Mostert||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.5893|
|6.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.7745|
|7.||Shane van Gisbergen||VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports||+ 0.7804|
|8.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.8023|
|9.||David Reynolds||Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.9266|
|10.||Will Davison||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.9710|
|11.||Tim Blanchard||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 1.0225|
|12.||Lee Holdsworth||IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 1.0779|
|13.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 1.0829|
|14.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 1.1168|
|15.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 1.1453|
|16.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 1.2162|
|17.||Scott McLaughlin||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 1.2256|
|18.||Michael Caruso||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 1.2643|
|19.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 1.3729|
|20.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 1.3853|
|21.||Scott Pye||EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 1.4629|
|22.||Tony D’Alberto||Team HIFLEX / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 1.5465|
|23.||Jonathon Webb||Darrell Lea Racing / Tekno Autosports||+ 1.7260|
|24.||Dean Fiore||Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 1.8719|
|25.||Russell Ingall||SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR||+ 1.8767|
|26.||Tim Slade||Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 1.8884|
|27.||James Moffat||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 2.1342|
|28.||Maro Engel||SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 2.9061|