Jamie Whincup and co-driver Sébastien Bourdais have secured a clean sweep in qualifying for this weekend’s V8 Supercars Armor All 600 on the Gold Coast, with the pair claiming pole position for today’s final 300-kilometre race.
After the pair took a seemingly comfortable victory at yesterday’s opening race to ensure Whincup reclaimed the championship lead from Triple 8 Engineering team-mate Craig Lowndes, Whincup muscled his Holden Commodore around the Surfers Paradise street circuit in record time.
He became the first driver ever to lap the circuit in less than 1m11s, posting a rapid 1:10.961 on his final flying lap as the thirty-minute session drew to a close.
Whincup snatched top spot from provisional pole-sitter Garth Tander (HRT Holden), who enjoys the best record of any driver at this venue, with seven race wins to his credit.
The Ford Performance Racing duo of Mark Winterbottom / Richard Lyons and Will Davison / Mika Salo locked out the second row of the grid; the pairings finished third and second (respectively) in yesterday’s race.
After enduring a disastrous day yesterday, Craig Lowndes will be hoping he and co-driver Andy Priaulx can have a better Sunday; the pair qualified the sister Triple 8 Holden fifth-fastest, ahead of Steve Owen (Paul Morris Motorsport Holden).
In a frantic session that was all about getting clear air to attempt a decent lap-time, the top-ten was covered by just half a second. It was completed by Greg Murphy (Kelly Racing Holden), Lee Holdsworth (Garry Rogers Holden), James Moffat (Dick Johnson Ford) and David Reynolds (Kelly Racing Holden).
One notable driver to struggle in qualifying was James Courtney (HRT Holden), who only managed 23rd after the grid, struggling with a mechanical issue.
V8 Supercars 2011 ArmorAll Gold Coast 600 Race 2 Qualifying Results:
|1.||J. Whincup / S. Bourdais||Triple 8 Race Engineering||1:10.9615|
|2.||G. Tander / R. Briscoe||Holden Racing Team||1:11:0039|
|3.||M. Winterbottom / R. Lyons||Ford Performance Racing||1:11:1308|
|4.||W. Davison / M. Salo||Ford Performance Racing||1:11:2799|
|5.||C. Lowndes / A. Priaulx||Triple 8 Race Engineering||1:11:2923|
|6.||S. Owen / B. Said||Paul Morris Motorsport||1:11:3174|
|7.||G. Murphy / O. Gavin||Kelly Racing||1:11:3727|
|8.||L. Holdsworth / S. Pagenaud||Garry Rogers Motorsport||1:11:3868|
|9.||J. Moffat / J. Hand||Dick Johnson Racing||1:11:4355|
|10.||D. Reynolds / A. Tagliani||Kelly Racing||1:11:4640|
|11.||M. Caruso / A. Farfus||Garry Rogers Motorsport||1:11:4956|
|12.||A. Davison / M. Lieb||Stone Brothers Racing||1:11:5216|
|13.||P. Dumbrell / C. Klien||Rod Nash / FPR||1:11:5628|
|14.||R. Kelly / J. Bergmeister||Kelly Racing||1:11:5643|
|15.||F. Coulthard / P. Long||Walkinshaw Racing||1:11:5780|
|16.||R. Ingall / J. Magnussen||Paul Morris Motorsport||1:11:6121|
|17.||T. Kelly / R. Westbrook||Kelly Racing||1:11:6213|
|18.||S. van Gisbergen / E. Pirro||Stone Brothers Racing||1:11:6561|
|19.||J. Webb / G. De Ferran||Tekno Autosports||1:11:6963|
|20.||T/ D’Alberto / V. Liuzzi||Tony D’Alberto Racing||1:11:7003|
|21.||S. Johnson / D. Müller||Dick Johnson Racing||1:11:7592|
|22.||T. Slade / H. Castroneves||Stone Brothers Racing||1:11:8357|
|23.||J. Courtney / D. Turner||Holden Racing Team||1:11:8466|
|24.||J. Bargwanna / A. Simonsen||Brad Jones Racing||1:11:9921|
|25.||J. Bright / S. Sarrazin||Brad Jones Racing||1:12:1766|
|26.||D. Fiore / G. Morbidelli||Triple F Racing||1:12:3196|
|27.||W. Luff / M. Franchitti||Lucas Dumbrell||1:12:4946|
|28.||K. Reindler / F. Giovanardi||Britek / Brad Jones Racing||1:12:6402|
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