Craig Lowndes has taken his first ever pole position at Winton Raceway ahead of today’s first race in this weekend’s Winton 300 V8 Supercars championship round.
The Team Vodafone driver produced a fastest lap of 1:22.0979 in a busy twenty-minute qualifying session, and will share the front row with the ever-improving Steven Johnson, whose Jim Beam Racing Ford was just edged off pole by five-hundredths of a second.
It was a good session for Team Vodafone, with Lowndes’ team-mate – and the current championship leader – Jamie Whincup qualifying third-fastest, ahead of Lee Holdsworth, Paul Dumbrell and David Reynolds, who achieved his best-ever qualifying result with the sixth-fastest time.
The top-ten is completed by Fabian Coulthard, Mark Winterbottom, Will Davison and Michael Caruso.
Defending series champion – an double-race-winner here last year – James Courtney had a poor qualifying session and will start from a lowly 19th.
The first race – which is 40 laps in length – starts later this afternoon.
V8 Supercars Winton 300 Qualifying Results (Race 1):
|1.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone||1:22.0979|
|3.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam Racing||+ 0.0587|
|3.||Jamie Whincup||Team Vodafone||+ 0.1189|
|4.||Lee Holdsworth||Fujitsu Racing GRM||+ 0.1611|
|5.||Paul Dumbrell||The Bottle-O Racing Team||+ 0.1673|
|6.||David Reynolds||Stratco Racing||+ 0.2480|
|7.||Fabian Coulthard||Bundaberg Racing||+ 0.2616|
|8.||Mark Winterbottom||Orrcon Steel FPR||+ 0.3171|
|9.||Will Davison||Trading Post FPR||+ 0.3618|
|10.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing GRM||+ 0.3762|
|11.||Garth Tander||TOLL Holden Racing Team||+ 0.3822|
|12.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing||+ 0.4026|
|13.||Alex Davison||Irwin Racing||+ 0.4328|
|14.||Jason Bright||Team BOC||+ 0.4529|
|15.||Steve Owen||VIP Petfoods||+ 0.5059|
|16.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing||+ 0.6023|
|17.||Tim Slade||Lucky 7 Racing||+ 0.6053|
|18.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto Racing||+ 0.6140|
|19.||James Courtney||TOLL Holden Racing Team||+ 0.6516|
|20.||Jonathon Webb||Mother Energy Racing Team||+ 0.6659|
|21.||James Moffat||Jim Beam Racing||+ 0.7307|
|22.||Greg Murphy||Pepsi Max Crew||+ 0.7338|
|23.||Jason Bargwanna||Jana Living Racing||+ 0.7363|
|24.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tool Racing FPR||+ 0.7648|
|25.||Dean Fiore||Triple F Racing||+ 0.9087|
|26.||Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing||+ 1.0041|
|27.||Tony D’Alberto||Wilson Security Racing||+ 1.0133|
|28.||Warren Luff||Gulf Western Oil Racing||+ 1.4568|
[Image via Team Vodafone]