Highlights from the Yas 400 Race 1 Qualifying

Former V8 Supercars champion Craig Lowndes has kickstarted his 2011 season title ambitions in the best possible way by taking pole position – and heading a Team Vodafone 1-2 – in qualifying for the season-opening first race at Abu Dhabi.

With team-mate Jamie Whincup lining up alongside him on the front row, the team from the Triple 8 stable can take even more comfort from knowing that their main rivals, the TOLL Holden Racing Team, had a poorer session, with Garth Tander lining up 14th and defending champion James Courtney a distant 20th.

The result marks Lowndes’ first pole position since the Barbagello round in 2009, and the Holden driver blasted past provisional polesitter Mark Winterbottom with a great lap around the shortened version of the Grand Prix venue.

Alex Davison is the fastest Ford runner, heading an all ‘Blue Oval’ second row from Winterbottom, while Paul Dumbrell and Tim Slade line up on the third row in their Fords.

The opening 200km race kicks off at 6:20pm local time.

 

V8 Supercars Yas 400 Qualifying Results (Race 1):

  Driver   Team Time Laps
1. Craig Lowndes Holden Team Vodafone 1:57.229 7
2. Jamie Whincup Holden Team Vodafone + 0.231 6
3. Alex Davison Ford Irwin Racing + 0.300 6
4. Mark Winterbottom Ford Orrcon Steel FPR + 0.390 7
5. Paul Dumbrell Ford The Bottle-O Racing Team + 0.399 7
6. Tim Slade Ford Lucky 7 Racing + 0.510 8
7. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC + 0.550 7
8. Steven Johnson Ford Dick Johnson Racing + 0.554 8
9. Lee Holdsworth Holden Fujitsu Racing GRM + 0.584 8
10. Jonathon Webb Ford Mother Energy Racing Team + 0.726 6
11. Fabian Coulthard Holden Huzzah Racing + 0.731 7
12. Will Davison Ford Trading Post FPR + 0.735 8
13. Steve Owen Holden VIP Petfoods + 0.753 7
14. Garth Tander Holden TOLL Holden Racing Team + 0.757 6
15. Shane van Gisbergen Ford SP Tool Racing FPR + 0.782 6
16. Tony D’Alberto Holden Wilson Security Racing + 0.842 7
17. Todd Kelly Holden Kelly Racing + 0.976 7
18. Michael Caruso Holden Fujitsu Racing GRM + 1.083 7
19. Jason Bargwanna Holden Team BOC + 1.087 6
20. James Courtney Holden TOLL Holden Racing Team + 1.152 7
21. Russell Ingall Holden Supercheap Auto Racing + 1.225 7
22. Karl Reindler Holden Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing + 1.234 2
23. David Reynolds Holden Stratco Racing + 1.251 7
24. Warren Luff Holden Gulf Western Oil Racing + 1.349 6
25. Rick Kelly Holden Kelly Racing + 1.378 7
26. Dean Fiore Ford Triple F Racing + 1.697 7
27. Greg Murphy Holden Pepsi Max Crew + 1.827 7
28. James Moffatt Ford Dick Johnson Racing + 1.879 7

[Original video via V8 Supercars Australia]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.
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