Mark Winterbottom has secured another Ford Performance Racng front row lockout by beating team-ate David Reynolds to pole position ahead of the first of this weekend’s V8 Supercars races on the streets of Townsville.
The pair had also led the way on the timesheets in today’s opening qualifying session – used to decide the make-up of the later Top-10 Shootout and the remaining places on the grid – and then repeated the feat in their single flying lap efforts in the pole shootout.
Lining up right behind them are TeamVodafone pairing Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes, while Tony D’Alberto lines up a season’s best fifth in his Ford Falcon.
After what has been a wretched season so far, Dick Johnson Racing managed to get three of its four cars into the Top-10 Shootout in what is easily its most competitive showing of the year. Steve Owen will start from sixth place, while team-mates James Moffat is eighth, one spot ahead of Steven Johnson.
Championship challenger Will Davison will start today’s 200-kilometre race from seventh place after he scraped the wall.
Slowest of the Shootout runners was former champion Garth Tander, who locked up on his one and only flying lap and will have to settle for a fifth-row starting position. That being said, it’s still a vastly better effort than that produced by HRT team-mate James Courtneym who again delivered a lacklustre effort and will line up only 23rd, missing out on a top-ten spot by four-tenths of a second.
Having been among the slowest of the runners at each of the practice sessions so far, Kelly Racing stand-in Jacques Villeneuve qualified slowest in his Holden Commodore.
2012 V8 Supercars Sucrogen Townsville 400 – Race 1 Qualifying Results:
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Mark Winterbottom||Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing||1:12.9887||T10|
|2.||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash||1:13.0132||T10|
|3.||Jamie Whincup||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||1:13.0800||T10|
|4.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||1:13.2554||T10|
|5.||Tony D’Alberto||HIFLEX / Tony D’Alberto Racing||1:13.2927||T10|
|6.||Steve Owen||VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing||1:13.4820||T10|
|7.||Will Davison||Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing||1:13.5263||T10|
|8.||James Moffat||Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing||1:14.8932||T10|
|9.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||1:14.2117||T10|
|10.||Garth Tander||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||1:15.6891||T10|
|Driver||Top-10 Shootout Cut-Off Time||1:12.7667|
|11.||Michael Patrizi||Tekno Autosports||1:12.7790||Q1|
|12.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing||1:12.8239||Q1|
|13.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||1:12.8660||Q1|
|14.||Lee Holdsworth||Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||1:12.8776||Q1|
|15.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||1:12.8989||Q1|
|16.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing||1:12.9457||Q1|
|17.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||1:12.9984||Q1|
|18.||Tim Slade||Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||1:13.0257||Q1|
|19.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||1:13.0403||Q1|
|20.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||1:13.1039||Q1|
|21.||Dean Fiore||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||1:13.1679||Q1|
|22.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||1:13.1710||Q1|
|23.||James Courtney||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||1:13.1726||Q1|
|24.||Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing||1:13.1764||Q1|
|25.||Taz Douglas||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||1:13.3200||Q1|
|26.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||1:13.3873||Q1|
|27.||David Wall||Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing||1:13.6520||Q1|
|28.||Jacques Villeneuve||Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing||1:14.4131||Q1|