Yesterday’s race-winner Will Davison has secured a Ford Performance Racing front-row lockout after winning pole position ahead of team-mate Mark Winterbottom, ahead of the second and final race of the V8 Supercars championship’s last visit to Hamilton in New Zealand.
Davidson and Winterbottom managed to overhaul provisional pole-sitter Jamie Whincup, who ended his session early with an uncharacteristic error in qualifying that saw him hit the wall. Whincup took too much kerbing at the Turn 4 chicane, and his attempts to correct his error only saw him compound it further when he swiped the wall and broke his steering.
With a big time gap to this afternoon’s 59-lap race, his TeamVodafone crew should be able to get all of the necessary repair work done so he can start from third place on the grid, alongside team-mate Craig Lowndes.
The third row of the grid featured a pair of FPR customer cars, with David Reynolds showing his usual qualifying prowess to claim fifth, while Tony D’Alberto finished the session an impressive sixth-fastest in his newly-liveried Ford.
Garth Tander, Fabian Coulthard, James Moffat and Lee Holdsworth made up the rest of the top ten.
2012 V8 Supercars ITM400 Hamilton – Race 2 Qualifying Results:
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Will Davison||Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing||1:21.9712|
|2.||Mark Winterbottom||Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing||1:21.9858|
|3.||Jamie Whincup||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||1:21.9914|
|4.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||1:22.1295|
|5.||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash||1:22.1684|
|6.||Tony D’Alberto||HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing||1:22.2423|
|7.||Garth Tander||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||1:22.3789|
|8.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||1:22.4135|
|9.||James Moffat||Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing||1:22.4538|
|10.||Lee Holdsworth||Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||1:22.4970|
|11.||Steve Owen||VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing||1:22.5042|
|12.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||1:22.5156|
|13.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||1:22.5367|
|14.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing||1:22.5528|
|15.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||1:22.6571|
|16.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||1:22.6739|
|17.||James Courtney||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||1:22.6950|
|18.||Tim Slade||Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||1:22.7021|
|19.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||1:22.9390|
|20.||Michael Patrizi||Tekno Autosports||1:22.9901|
|21.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing||1:23.0240|
|22.||Dean Fiore||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||1:23.1494|
|23.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||1:23.1999|
|24.||Greg Murphy||Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing||1:23.2946|
|25.||Taz Douglas||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||1:23.3398|
|26.||Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing||1:23.4898|
|27.||David Wall||Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing||1:23.7206|
|28.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||1:23.7991|