Will Davison has marked his switch to Ford in a very positive manner by clinching pole for today’s second race of the Clipsal 500 round on the streets of Adelaide. It is the former TOLL HRT driver’s first pole position since 2009, which is coincidentally the same year when Ford took its last pole at Adelaide.
The FPR driver’s best lap – a 1:21.2978 – was set halfway through the morning’s 20-minute qualifying session, and it proved strong enough to ensure he would start from pole, while Jamie Whincup repeated his qualifying efforts from yesterday with another front-row start. Davison’s team-mate Mark Winterbottom will start from third place.
In what was a very close qualifying session – just 1.8 seconds covered the entire field – Lee Holdsworth finished an excellent fourth-quickest, while defending champion James Courtney will be hoping a third-row grid slot will propel him to a good result after a poor opening race at Adelaide where he finished in 24th after a crash.
Courtney’s team-mate and yesterday’s race-winner Garth Tander had a poor qualifying session, winding up 13th after battling with his car in this session.
The qualifying session produced a few surprises on the timesheets, with David Reynolds earning an excellent top-ten result, while Paul Morris Motorsport team-mates Greg Murphy and Russell Ingall also managed to get into the top half of the grid.
The second 78-lap race gets underway this afternoon, and rain periods are forecast. Make sure you check back on Richard’s F1 for the latest V8 Supercars news.
V8 Supercars Clipsal 500 Qualifying Results (Race 2):
|1.||Will Davison||Trading Post FPR||1:21.2978||11|
|2.||Jamie Whincup||Team Vodafone||1:21:4781||10|
|3.||Mark Winterbottom||Orrcon Steel FPR||1:21:4925||12|
|4.||Lee Holdsworth||Fujitsu Racing GRM||1:21:5204||12|
|5.||James Courtney||TOLL Holden Racing Team||1:21:5726||11|
|6.||Paul Dumbrell||The Bottle-O Racing Team||1:21:6336||11|
|7.||Jonathon Webb||Mother Energy Racing Team||1:21:7794||11|
|8.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing||1:21:7974||10|
|9.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone||1:21:8000||11|
|10.||David Reynolds||Stratco Racing||1:21:8799||10|
|11.||Jason Bright||Team BOC||1:21:8923||11|
|12.||Greg Murphy||Pepsi Max Crew||1:21:9298||10|
|13.||Garth Tander||TOLL Holden Racing Team||1:22:0102||10|
|14.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto Racing||1:22:0263||12|
|15.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam Racing||1:22:1100||11|
|16.||Jason Bargwanna||Team BOC||1:22:1215||9|
|17.||Tony D’Alberto||Wilson Security Racing||1:22:1447||8|
|18.||Tim Slade||Lucky 7 Racing||1:22:2139||10|
|19.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing||1:22:2775||5|
|20.||Alex Davison||Irwin Racing||1:22:2895||12|
|21.||Fabian Coulthard||Bundaberg Racing||1:22:2943||11|
|22.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing GRM||1:22:3458||11|
|23.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tool Racing FPR||1:22:3850||10|
|24.||James Moffat||Jim Beam Racing||1:22:5221||11|
|25.||Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing||1:22:5641||9|
|26.||Dean Fiore||Triple F Racing||1:22:8203||9|
|27.||Warren Luff||Gulf Western Oil Racing||1:23:0714||11|
|WD||Steve Owen||VIP Petfoods||Withdrawn|
[Original image via Speed Cafe]