Former V8 Supercars champion Garth Tander has claimed pole position for today’s first race of the final ITM 400 championship event on the streets of Hamilton.
The TOLL Holden Racing Team driver claimed top spot by just three-hundredths of a second in today’s Top-10 Shootout, edging out hometown favourite Shane van Gisbergen.
The pole shootout saw track conditions as the warmest that had been seen all weekend so far, and the conditions caught a few runners by surprise in the drivers’ single-lap run to claim pole position.
The biggest loser in all of this was Craig Lowndes, with the TeamVodafone Holden driver unable to balance his front-to-rear tyre temperatures, resulting in a wild flying lap that saw him as the slowest runner to post a legal lap-time in the session.
Two drivers fell victim to the Hamilton track’s utterly daft chicane on the back straight, with both Mark Winterbottom (Ford Performance Racing) and James Moffat (Dick Johnson Racing) both having their times disallowed after they took too much kerb through the clumsy corner sequence.
Despite Moffat’s woes, Dick Johnson Racing proved to be surprisingly competitive in qualifying trim, with three of its four entries making the Top-10 Shootout in an unexpected shake-up of the form guide. Moffat’s team-mates Steve Owen and Steven Johnson will start from fifth and seventh on the grid.
Ford Performance Racing and TeamVodafone were the only outfits to get all of their entries into the Shootout. Despite Winterbottom’s troubles, qualifying ace David Reynolds claimed a solid third in his Bottle-O entry, while team-mate and points’ leader Will Davison (quickest in the first phase of qualifying) was sixth-fastest in the Shootout, despite suffering the effects of a cold. Davison’s closest championship rival Jamie Whincup was fourth-fastest.
The first phase of qualifying was closely fought on the tough street circuit, with just one second covering the top-seventeen runners in the opening twenty minute session.
Street circuit specialist Lee Holdsworth was unlucky to miss out on a top-ten berth and will start from eleventh place, sharing the sixth row of the grid with Tony D’Alberto.
The advent of a new Commodore chassis did little to improve the fortunes of 2010 champion James Courtney, who could only qualify his TOLL HRT entry seventeenth-fastest.
Brad Jones Racing’s form slide continued, with Fabian Coulthard being the only driver in the three-car outfit would could make the top-fifteen on the grid, while team-mates Jason Bright and series rookie David Wall will start from the back row in their Holdens.
Today’s 59-lap race starts at 3:00pm local time.
2012 V8 Supercars ITM400 Hamilton – Race 1 Qualifying Results:
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Garth Tander||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||1:22.3968||T10|
|2.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing||1:22.4346||T10|
|3.||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash||1:22.5075||T10|
|4.||Jamie Whincup||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||1:22.6050||T10|
|5.||Steve Owen||VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing||1:22.8748||T10|
|6.||Will Davison||Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing||1:22.9017||T10|
|7.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||1:23.3308||T10|
|8.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||1:25.9050||T10|
|9.||James Moffat||Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing||Disallowed||T10|
|10.||Mark Winterbottom||Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing||Disallowed||T10|
|Driver||Top-10 Shootout Cut-Off Time||1:22.3658|
|11.||Lee Holdsworth||Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||1:22.3812||Q1|
|12.||Tony D’Alberto||HIFLEX / Tony D’Alberto Racing||1:22.4124||Q1|
|13.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||1:22.4323||Q1|
|14.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||1:22.5330||Q1|
|15.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||1:22.6396||Q1|
|16.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing||1:22.6574||Q1|
|17.||James Courtney||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||1:22.8369||Q1|
|18.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||1:22.8786||Q1|
|19.||Greg Murphy||Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing||1:22.9056||Q1|
|20.||Tim Slade||Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||1:22.9210||Q1|
|21.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||1:22.9507||Q1|
|22.||Michael Patrizi||Tekno Autosports||1:23.0538||Q1|
|23.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||1:23.0662||Q1|
|24.||Dean Fiore||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||1:23.1030||Q1|
|25.||Taz Douglas||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||1:23.2122||Q1|
|26.||Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing||1:23.2146||Q1|
|27.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||1:23.2378||Q1|
|28.||David Wall||Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing||1:23.9033||Q1|