Craig Lowndes’ resurgent weekend continued into the second day of racing at the Coates Hire Ipswich 300 at Queensland Raceway, with the Triple 8 Holden driver securing pole position ahead of today’s final longer-distance race.
Lowndes had already secured pole and back-to-back wins in yesterday’s two sprint races, and he’s now in the best possible place to take a clean sweep this weekend.
It was a great qualifying session for the Vodafone-backed team, with team-mate and championship leader Jamie Whincup locking out the front row, missing out on the top spot by just over one-tenth of a second.
Starting from third is yesterday’s podium finisher Tim Slade in the Stone Brothers-run Ford, with the youngster snaring the spot ahead of Brad Jones Racing’s Jason Bright and his own team-mate Shane van Gisbergen.
David Reynolds, Steve Johnson, Fabian Coulthard, Russell Ingall and Will Davison completed the top ten.
The Holden Racing Team’s nightmare weekend continued into Sunday, with Garth Tander and James Courtney enduring another shocker. The pair will start from 19th and 22nd respectively, and they have a lot to do to work their way to the pointy end of the field in today’s 65-lap race.
Some heavy showers had created a slippery surface for today’s qualifying session, although the session itself remained dry. More showers are forecast to hit the area in time for the afternoon’s race.
V8 Supercars Coates Hire Ipswich 300 Qualifying Results (Race 3):
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||1:09.5725|
|2.||Jamie Whincup||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||1:09.7248|
|3.||Tim Slade||Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||1:09.7612|
|4.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||1:09.8593|
|5.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing||1:09.8689|
|6.||David Reynolds||Stratco Racing / Kelly Racing||1:09.9302|
|7.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||1:09.9486|
|8.||Fabian Coulthard||Bundaberg Racing / Walkinsaw Racing||1:10.0030|
|9.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto / Paul Morris Motorsport||1:10.0108|
|10.||Will Davison||Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing||1:10.0328|
|11.||James Moffatt||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||1:10.0732|
|12.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||1:10.1047|
|13.||Jonathon Webb||Mother Energy Racing Team / Tekno||1:10.1287|
|14.||Steve Owen||VIP Petfoods / Paul Morris Motorsport||1:10.1638|
|15.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||1:10.1831|
|16.||Alex Davison||Irwin / Stone Brothers Racing||1:10.1894|
|17.||Jason Bargwanna||Jana Living Racing / Brad Jones Racing||1:10.2325|
|18.||Dean Fiore||Triple F Racing||1:10.2648|
|19.||Garth Tander||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||1:10.2726|
|20.||Mark Winterbottom||Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing||1:10.2986|
|21.||Greg Murphy||Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing||1:10.3013|
|22.||James Courtney||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||1:10.3481|
|23.||Tony D’Alberto||Wilson Security / Tony D’Alberto Racing||1:10.3520|
|24.||Lee Holdsworth||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||1:10.3552|
|25.||Paul Dumbrell||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash||1:10.4006|
|26.||Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds / Brad Jones Racing||1:10.4099|
|27.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||1:10.4197|
|28.||Warren Luff||Gulf Western Oil / Lucas Dumbrell||1:10.4985|
[Image and video via V8 Supercars Media]
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