Bouncing back from engine problems in practice this morning, Craig Lowndes has scored pole position for Race 16 at the Coates Hire Ispwich 300 with a record breaking lap.
An engine change allowed Lowndes to take his fourth pole of the season after sitting out the final practice. Whincup was less than two tenths behind his team mate for a TeamVodafone front line and FPR took out the second row; Winterbottom and Davison in third and fourth respectively. Coulthard, Van Gisbergen, Reynolds, Ingall, Caruso and Holdsworth made up the rest of the top ten.
David Reynolds had done quite well and sat at the top of the grid until the final green tyre runs, but like IRWIN Ford, weren’t able to hold onto pole position. Lowndes’s time came in the dying minutes of qualifying, and Winterbottom completed his last lap after the chequered flag.
Villeneuve is giving himself a little bit of a challenge in his bid to do better this race, but he avoided the bottom spot by pipping David Wall by a few thousandths (31 thousandths, to be exact!) of a second.
Race 16 will take place at Queensland Raceway in a couple of hours time, 16:05 EST.
Stay tuned for more race reports!
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||1:09:2218|
|2.||Jamie Whincup||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||1:09:3795|
|3.||Mark Winterbottom||Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing||1:09:5060|
|4.||Will Davison||Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing||1:09:5676|
|5.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||1:09:6480|
|6.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing||1:09:6865|
|7.||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash||1:09:7106|
|8.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing||1:09:7174|
|9.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||1:09:7293|
|10.||Lee Holdsworth||Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||1:09:7338|
|11.||Dean Fiore||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||1:09:7339|
|12.||Tony D’Alberto||HIFLEX / Tony D’Alberto Racing||1:09:7632|
|13.||James Moffat||Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing||1:09:7645|
|14.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||1:09:8001|
|15.||Tim Slade||Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||1:09:8280|
|16.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||1:09:8508|
|17.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||1:09:8619|
|18.||Garth Tander||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||1:09:8652|
|19.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||1:09:8722|
|20.||Steve Owen||VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing||1:09:8783|
|21.||James Courtney||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||1:09:8846|
|22.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||1:09:8924|
|23.||Michael Patrizi||Tekno Autosports||1:09:9696|
|24.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||1:10:0071|
|25.||Taz Douglas||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||1:10:0932|
|26.||Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing||1:10:3348|
|27.||Jacques Villeneuve||Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing||1:10:7275|
|28.||David Wall||Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing||1:10:7306|