Former V8 Supercars champion Craig Lowndes has claimed pole position for today’s final race of the Phillip Island 300, just hours after being handed a position drop by event stewards for a driving infringement in yesterday’s first race.
The TeamVodafone driver was found to have overtaken two rival drivers under yellow-flag conditions in yesterday’s race, and stewards elected to demote him two positions after a hearing with the veteran driver. The result meant that Lowndes was bumped to fifteenth place in the final classification.
With today’s race a longer 200-kilometre event, Lowndes booked his place in pole position with a late lap of 1:32.3167 to pip the factory Ford Performance Racing trio of David Reynolds, Will Davison and Mark Winterbottom for top honours.
As was the case in yesterday’s qualifying session, Reynolds held top spot until he was relegated by a better lap, but he again will enjoy a front-row start in his Bottle-O sponsored Ford Falcon.
Davison and Winterbottom will start from the second row, ahead of the ever-improving Jason Bright and series leader Jamie Whincup, whose Holden Commodore is freshly repaired after his late-race accident with Davison yesterday.
The qualifying session saw another excellent performance from the little Tekno team, with Michael Patrizi qualifying seventh-fastest and team-mate Jonathon Webb tenth. The pair sandwich New Zealand racers Shane van Gisbergen and Fabian Coulthard.
Van Gisbergen’s top-ten result aside, it was a less than satisfactory session for his Stone Brothers Racing team-mates Lee Holdsworth and Tim Slade, who qualified twelfth-fastest and fifteenth-fastest respectively.
The TOLL Holden Racing Team duo of Garth Tander and James Courtney also couldn’t get a fast enough lap together, and they will start thirteenth and twenty-third respectively.
Today’s race gets underway at 3:05PM local time (GMT+10).
2012 V8 Supercars Phillip Island 300 – Race 2 Qualifying Results:
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||1:32.3167|
|2.||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash||+ 0.1896|
|3.||Will Davison||Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.2105|
|4.||Mark Winterbottom||Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.3903|
|5.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.4009|
|6.||Jamie Whincup||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||+ 0.4153|
|7.||Michael Patrizi||Tekno Autosports||+ 0.5311|
|8.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 0.5901|
|9.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.6614|
|10.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||+ 0.6644|
|11.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||+ 0.7052|
|12.||Lee Holdsworth||Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 0.7329|
|13.||Garth Tander||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||+ 0.7419|
|14.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.7615|
|15.||Tim Slade||Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 0.7622|
|16.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||+ 0.9567|
|17.||Steve Owen||VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.9899|
|18.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 1.1107|
|19.||Taz Douglas||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 1.2150|
|20.||Greg Murphy||Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing||+ 1.2255|
|21.||David Wall||Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing||+ 1.2547|
|22.||Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing||+ 1.3163|
|23.||James Courtney||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||+ 1.3432|
|24.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing||+ 1.3477|
|25.||James Moffat||Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 1.3518|
|26.||Tony D’Alberto||HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 1.4082|
|27.||Dean Fiore||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 1.4251|
|28.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 1.5738|