Jamie Whincup has kicked off his V8 Supercars Championship title defence in style by claiming pole position for the series’ first two races of the year at the Clipsal 500 on the streets of Adelaide.


The Red Bull Racing drive smashed last year’s qualifying lap record by over three-tenths of a second, beating Fabian Coulthard (Brad Jones Racing) and Scott McLaughlin (Polestar GRM) to top spot in the respective ten-minute sessions.

Whincup’s margin to Coulthard was a staggering 0.34 seconds, with the Holden pair beating McLaughlin to lock out the front row in the first qualifying session; Chaz Mostert (Prodrive Racing), James Courtney (HRT) and Michael Caruso (Nissan) locked out the top-six positions for Saturday’s opening 125-kilometre race.

Lee Holdsworth was an impressive seventh on his and the Charlie Schwerkolt Racing Holden run in partnership with the Walkinshaw Racing stable. Craig Lowndes, Jason Bright and James Moffat rounded out the top ten positions.


2015 V8 Supercars Clipsal 500 Adelaide – Race 1 Qualifying:

Driver Team / Entry Result
1. Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden 1:20.091
2. Fabian Coulthard Brad Jones Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.345
3. Scott McLaughlin Wilson Security Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 0.418
4. Chaz Mostert Pepsi Max Crew Prodrive / Ford Falcon FG X Ford + 0.618
5. James Courtney Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.630
6. Michael Caruso Nissan Motorsport / Nissan Altima L33 Nissan + 0.725
7. Lee Holdsworth CS Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.765
8. Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.811
9. Jason Bright Brad Jones Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.815
10. James Moffat Nissan Motorsport / Nissan Altima L33 Nissan + 0.825
11. Shane van Gisbergen Team TEKNO Darrell Lea / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.868
12. Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew Prodrive / Ford Falcon FG X Ford + 0.921
13. Tim Slade Walkinshaw Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.925
14. David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.933
15. Garth Tander Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.945
16. Todd Kelly Nissan Motorsport / Nissan Altima L33 Nissan + 1.112
17. Rick Kelly Nissan Motorsport / Nissan Altima L33 Nissan + 1.133
18. Will Davison Erebus Motorsport V8 / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 1.159
19. Ashley Walsh Erebus Motorsport V8 / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 1.251
20. Nick Percat Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 1.261
21. Dale Wood Brad Jones Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 1.323
22. Andre Heimgartner Super Black Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 1.421
23. David Wall Wilson Security Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 1.430
24. Marcos Ambrose DJR Team Penske / Ford Falcon FG X Ford + 1.488
25. Tim Blanchard Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport / Holden Commodore VF Holden no time

Whincup’s impressive pace continued in the second session, as he lapped even quicker to claim pole position once again; McLaughlin took his Volvo S60 second-quickest, 0.28 seconds adrift.

Courtney finished third-fastest in the HRT Holden, ahead of Coulthard and his compatriot Shane van Gisbergen – the Kiwi qualified a disappointing eleventh-fastest in the first session on a circuit where he has previously excelled.

David Reynolds finished sixth-quickest in the older-spec Bottle-O Racing Falcon, ahead of Lowndes, Tim Slade (SuperCheap Auto Racing) and the Prodrive Fords of Chaz Mostert and Mark Winterbottom.

Series returnee Marcos Ambrose qualified a lowly 24th-fastest in both sessions, losing time in the sessions while his DJR Team Penske crew tended to a sudden mechanical issue. Fellow comeback driver Tim Blanchard will start from last place, having missed the entire opening qualifying session and lapped slowest in Qualifying 2.


2015 V8 Supercars Clipsal 500 Adelaide – Race 2 Qualifying:

Driver Team / Entry Result
1. Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden 1:20.032
2. Scott McLaughlin Wilson Security Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 0.284
3. James Courtney Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.308
4. Fabian Coulthard Brad Jones Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.428
5. Shane van Gisbergen Team TEKNO Darrell Lea / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.471
6. David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.490
7. Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.530
8. Tim Slade Walkinshaw Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.538
9. Chaz Mostert Pepsi Max Crew Prodrive / Ford Falcon FG X Ford + 0.573
10. Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew Prodrive / Ford Falcon FG X Ford + 0.603
11. Garth Tander Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.627
12. Michael Caruso Nissan Motorsport / Nissan Altima L33 Nissan + 0.680
13. Lee Holdsworth CS Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.705
14. James Moffat Nissan Motorsport / Nissan Altima L33 Nissan + 0.859
15. Ashley Walsh Erebus Motorsport V8 / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 0.951
16. Dale Wood Brad Jones Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 1.024
17. Will Davison Erebus Motorsport V8 / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 1.037
18. Rick Kelly Nissan Motorsport / Nissan Altima L33 Nissan + 1.044
19. Todd Kelly Nissan Motorsport / Nissan Altima L33 Nissan + 1.056
20. Jason Bright Brad Jones Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 1.073
21. David Wall Wilson Security Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 1.107
22. Nick Percat Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 1.133
23. Andre Heimgartner Super Black Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 1.416
24. Marcos Ambrose DJR Team Penske / Ford Falcon FG X Ford + 1.975
25. Tim Blanchard Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 2.773

The first race, 39 laps, of the season starts tomorrow at 13:45 local time (GMT +10:30).

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