Jack Daniel’s Racing have continued their hot run at the ITM 400 in Hamilton with yesterday’s winner Rick Kelly qualifying on pole position in this morning’s rain-affected qualifying session. And to cap off a great morning for the outfit, he will start alongside his team-mate and older brother, Todd.
The result was Kelly’s first pole position since last year’s round at Winton Raceway, and it is Todd’s first front-row start since the Tasmanian round in 2009.
The pair played their hand perfectly, timing their banker qualifying lap to perfection just before the heavens opened once again on the street circuit. Others, however, were caught out by the conditions, and quickly found the track too wet to post a decent slick-tyre lap.
The conditions saw a wide time spread across the field, with the gap between the Kelly brothers being three-quarters of a second, while at the bottom of the timesheets, seven drivers failed to post a qualifying lap within the 105% threshold and will now rely on the goodwill of race officials to be allowed to start.
Kelly’s best lap of 1:27.2478 was posted early in the twenty-minute session, and as conditions worsened, his pole was all but assured, and the rest of the grid was rather jumbled in comparison to the usual form guide.
Despite enjoying the advantage of a good pit position and being first out onto the circuit in qualifying, the Team Vodafone pair of Craig Lowndes and series lead Jamie Whincup could do not better than eighth and ninth, respectively.
Other big names who failed to get to grips with the tricky conditions were James Courtney (13th), Garth Tander (19th) and Mark Winterbottom (21st).
Meanwhile, Steve Owen achieved his best-ever V8 Supercars qualifying result – in the single-driver format – by posting the third-fastest time, while local drivers Shane van Gisbergen and Greg Murphy rounded out the top five.
One of the other good stories was from the camp of Paul Dumbrell, whose team worked a miracle to get his battered car repaired in time for today’s qualifying session, after he failed to take the start in yesterday’s race when he crashed heavily in Saturday qualifying.
The second 200km event will get underway at 3:05pm local time, and we’ll bring you the latest results and championship standings our race report.
V8 Supercars ITM400 Hamilton Qualifying Results (Race 2):
|1.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing||1:27.2478|
|2.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing||+ 0.7568|
|3.||Steve Owen||VIP Petfoods||+ 0.8438|
|4.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tool Racing FPR||+ 1.2237|
|5.||Greg Murphy||Pepsi Max Crew||+ 1.2977|
|6.||Lee Holdsworth||Fujitsu Racing GRM||+ 1.5744|
|7.||Alex Davison||Irwin Racing||+ 1.7100|
|8.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone||+ 1.7767|
|9.||Jamie Whincup||Team Vodafone||+ 1.8209|
|10.||Will Davison||Trading Post FPR||+ 1.8265|
|11.||Paul Dumbrell||The Bottle-O Racing Team||+ 1.8658|
|12.||Tony D’Alberto||Wilson Security Racing||+ 1.9429|
|13.||James Courtney||TOLL Holden Racing Team||+ 2.1130|
|14.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam Racing||+ 2.3393|
|15.||Tim Slade||Lucky 7 Racing||+ 2.3926|
|16.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing GRM||+ 2.8205|
|17.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto Racing||+ 3.1080|
|18.||Dean Fiore||Triple F Racing||+ 3.5368|
|19.||Garth Tander||TOLL Holden Racing Team||+ 3.6937|
|20.||Jason Bargwanna||Jana Living Racing||+ 3.9974|
|21.||Mark Winterbottom||Orrcon Steel FPR||+ 4.0745|
|22.||Warren Luff||Gulf Western Oil Racing||+ 4.5033|
|23.||Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing||+ 4.6652|
|24.||Jason Bright||Team BOC||+ 4.9347|
|25.||Fabian Coulthard||Bundaberg Racing||+ 5.0014|
|26.||David Reynolds||Stratco Racing||+ 6.4787|
|27.||Jonathon Webb||Mother Energy Racing Team||+ 6.9195|
|28.||James Moffat||Jim Beam Racing||+ 7.1912|