Ford Performance Racing’s dominant start to the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship season continues, with Mark Winterbottom just edging out team-mate and early points leader Will Davison to pole position ahead of the opening race at this weekend’s Falken Tasmania Challenge from Symmons Plains Raceway.
Winterbottom’s 54.4020s lap-time gave him the twenty-second pole position of his career, his first in almost a year. His last pole position came at the Sucrogen 400 at Townsville. Team-mate Davidson ensured an all-FPR front-row, just missing out on top spot by one-hundredth of a second.
Stone Brothers Racing driver Shane van Gisbergen looked set to claim his first V8 Supercars pole position, only to be displaced by Winterbottom and Davison in the final minute of the twenty-minute qualifying session. He ran wide at the final corner of his last flying lap.
The New Zealander share the second row of the grid with defending series champion Jamie Whincup (Triple 8 Racing), with Whincup’s team-mate Craig Lowndes and Garth Tander (Holden Racing Team) occupying the third row.
FPR stablemate David Reynolds showed his inherent pace with the seventh-fastest time, while rookie driver Taz Douglas gave Lucas Dumbrell Racing its best ever qualifying result when he qualified eighth-fastest.
Jonathon Webb finished the session ninth-fastest in his rebuilt Tekno Holden Commodore, while Steven Johnson (Dick Johnson Racing) made a welcome return to the top-ten for the first time since August last year.
2012 V8 Supercars Falken Tasmania Challenge – Race 1 Qualifying Results:
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Mark Winterbottom||Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing||51.4020|
|2.||Will Davison||Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.0999|
|3.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 0.1062|
|4.||Jamie Whincup||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||+ 0.1094|
|5.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||+ 0.1268|
|5.||Garth Tander||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||+ 0.1875|
|7.||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash||+ 0.2516|
|8.||Taz Douglas||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 0.2701|
|9.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||+ 0.3246|
|10.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.3734|
|11.||James Moffat||Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.3906|
|12.||Lee Holdsworth||Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 0.3951|
|13.||Tim Slade||Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 0.4151|
|14.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||+ 0.4268|
|15.||James Courtney||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||+ 0.4448|
|16.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||+ 0.4688|
|17.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.5524|
|18.||Steve Owen||VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.5651|
|19.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing||+ 0.5755|
|20.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 0.5849|
|21.||Tony D’Alberto||Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 0.6328|
|22.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.6743|
|23.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 0.7092|
|24.||Michael Patrizi||Tekno Autosports||+ 0.7094|
|25.||David Russell||Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing||+ 0.8662|
|26.||Dean Fiore||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.8756|
|27.||Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing||+ 1.0050|
|28.||David Wall||Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing||+ 1.2453|
The afternoon sees the 28-car field undertake a 59-lap race, starting at 4:10pm AEDST.
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