Mark Winterbottom took his fourth consecutive pole position

Mark Winterbottom has become the first V8 Supercars driver since 1998 to claim four consecutive pole positions, after going quickest in the Top-10 shootout to determine the starting grid for the opening race of the Sucrogen 400 in Townsville.

‘Frosty’ shares the front row with V8 Supercars championship leader Jamie Whincup (Triple 8 Engineering), while their respective team-mates Will Davison and Craig Lowndes complete the grid’s second row.

Garth Tander qualified fifth-fastest in the session as he managed to get his HRT Holden well sorted – the Western Australian has never finished off the podium here – but team-mate and defending champion James Courtney had yet another wretched qualifying session. He will start from a lowly 19th.

Courtney was one of several big names to struggle in qualifying for today’s 72-lap race, with Courtney sharing the lower rows of the grid with Jason Bright and Shane van Gisbergen, who won the last race at Darwin.

The surprise qualifying results saw the likes of David Reynolds, Rick Kelly and Steve Owen all make appearances in the Top-10 Shootout, and they will round out the final places in the first five rows.

The first race starts at 3:30PM local time.


V8 Supercars Sucrogen Townsville 400 Qualifying Results (Race 1):

Driver Entry / Team Q1 Top-10
1. Mark Winterbottom Ford Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing 1:13.0832 1:12.9424
2. Jamie Whincup Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing 1:12.9282 1:13.0667
3. Will Davison Ford Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing 1:13.1923 1:13.0764
4. Craig Lowndes Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing 1:13.1363 1:13.1731
5. Garth Tander Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team 1:13.0529 1:13.2245
6. Lee Holdsworth Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:13.2717 1:13.2966
7. Steven Johnson Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing 1:13.1923 1:13.3250
8. David Reynolds Holden Stratco Racing / Kelly Racing 1:13.2031 1:13.3408
9. Rick Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing 1:13.1045 1:13.5942
10. Steve Owen Holden VIP Petfoods / Paul Morris Motorsport 1:13.2768 1:14.1755
11. Fabian Coulthard Holden Bundaberg Racing / Walkinsaw Racing 1:13.2894  
12. Jonathon Webb Ford Mother Energy Racing Team / Tekno 1:13.3499  
13. Jason Bargwanna Holden Jana Living Racing / Brad Jones Racing 1:13.3515
14. Michael Caruso Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:13.3909  
15. Paul Dumbrell Ford The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash 1:13.4877  
16. James Moffatt Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing 1:13.4892
17. Greg Murphy Holden Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing 1:13.5025  
18. Russell Ingall Holden Supercheap Auto / Paul Morris 1:13.5053  
19. James Courtney Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team 1:13.5119
20. Tim Slade Ford Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing 1:13.5184
21. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing 1:13.5220
22. Shane van Gisbergen Ford SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing 1:13.5295
23. Todd Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing 1:13.5611
24. Tony D’Alberto Ford Wilson Security / Tony D’Alberto Racing 1:13.6126  
25. Dean Fiore Ford Triple F Racing 1:13.7110
26. Alex Davison Ford Irwin / Stone Brothers Racing 1:13.7794  
27. Warren Luff Holden Gulf Western Oil / Lucas Dumbrell 1:13.9782  
28. Karl Reindler Holden Fair Dinkum Sheds / Brad Jones Racing 1:14.1916  

* Top-10 starting order determined via a separate top-ten single-lap qualifying session

[Image and video via V8 Supercars Media]

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