Shane van Gisbergen has book-ended the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship season by claiming pole position in the year’s final race at Sydney Olympic Park.
The New Zealander upstaged the more-fancied factory outfits to claim pole position on his final timed lap of the twenty-minute session, edging out Jason Bright by six-hundredths of a second.
Van Gisbergen was the only driver to dip below the 1m28s barrier in the session, posting the fastest time despite almost getting tripped up by a slow Scott Pye between Turns 10 and 11.
Champion-elect Jamie Whincup finished the session third-fastest, despite some scraping of the walls, which caused minor steering damage to his Red Bull Racing Australia Holden.
Mark Winterbottom – whose slim championship hopes ended with retirement in yesterday’s race – finished fourth-fastest and the best-placed Ford runner, just over one-tenth of a second faster than teammate Will Davison.
Scott McLaughlin, Jonathon Webb, Tony D’Alberto, Craig Lowndes and Alex Davison completed the top-ten.
Lowndes’ ninth place will be disappointing for all concerned, including the many fans who have flocked to the circuit in the hope of seeing he and his teammate battle for title honours this afternoon.
The series veteran was provisionally second-fastest after the first sequence of runs, but fell down the timesheets as others improved. With Whincup needing a twenty-first-placed finish or better to secure a fifth Drivers’ Championship crown, Lowndes will need a very good run in this afternoon’s 74-lap race.
2013 V8 Supercars Sydney 500 – Race 2 Qualifying Results:
|Driver||Entry / Team||Top-10 Result|
|1.||Shane van Gisbergen||VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports||1:27.9956|
|2.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.0615|
|3.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 0.1762|
|4.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.2986|
|5.||Will Davison||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.4036|
|6.||Scott McLaughlin||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 0.4342|
|7.||Jonathon Webb||Darrell Lea Racing / Tekno Autosports||+ 0.4795|
|8.||Tony D’Alberto||Team HIFLEX / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 0.5648|
|9.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 0.5748|
|10.||Alex Davison||Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.6165|
|11.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 0.6559|
|12.||Nick Percat||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 0.7545|
|13.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.7908|
|14.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 0.7920|
|15.||Michael Caruso||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.8353|
|16.||Chaz Mostert||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.9077|
|17.||David Reynolds||Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.9185|
|18.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.9571|
|19.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.9931|
|20.||Tim Slade||Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 1.0132|
|21.||Lee Holdsworth||IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 1.0883|
|22.||Tim Blanchard||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 1.2132|
|23.||James Moffat||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 1.3304|
|24.||Russell Ingall||SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR||+ 1.3997|
|25.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 1.4138|
|26.||Dean Fiore||Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 1.6903|
|27.||Maro Engel||SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 2.0809|
|28.||Scott Pye||EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 2.9877|
* Denotes gap to fastest provisional qualifying time of 1:27.3878 posted by Jamie Whincup.