Shane van Gisbergen and Mark Winterbottom will once again share the front row of the grid for the second leg of the Clipsal 500 at Adelaide after another closely-fought qualifying session this morning.
Van Gisbergen – who fluffed his pole position in yesterday’s opening race after forgetting to put the car in gear – posted a 1:20.7148 lap time, which left Winterbottom’s last flying lap tantalisingly close to top spot by just 0.11 seconds after the Kiwi driver bettered his provisional effort.
Despite being stripped of his fastest lap time for hopping the Senna Chicane kerbs, Jami Whincup still managed to go third-quickest, while Winterbottom’s team-mate Will Davison was fourth-fastest in the other Pepsi Max Crew Ford.
The session’s major pacesetter was Fabian Coulthard, but the Brad Jones Racing driver cost himself a shot at pole position after controversial contact with Garth Tander’s HRT Holden.
On a flying lap, the New Zealander found a much slower Tander completely in the way as they approached the final corner and punted him into a spin. The contact ensured that Coulthard didn’t manage to improve on what was ultimately the fifth-fastest time, and stewards sensationally opted not to penalise him. Tander’s troubles meant he managed no better than the 14th-fastest overall effort.
Yesterday’s racewinner Craig Lowndes was eighth-fastest in the Red Bull Racing Australia Holden, followed by Walkinshaw Performance stablemates Russell Ingall and James Courtney in their Holdens.
Holden and Ford runners locked out the top half of the grid, with Rick Kelly the fastest of the other manufacturer entries in 16th place in his Nissan Altima.
The three-car Erebus Motorsport AMG outfit had another difficult session as they struggled with a lack of pre-season mileage and horsepower. The team filled three of the slowest four positions on the grid.
Maro Engel continued his tough baptism to the championship, hampered by more of the same throttle problems that ruined his qualifying performance yesterday. He will start from last place once again, almost a second off the pace of fellow back-row starter and team-mate Lee Holdsworth.
Today’s 78-lap 250-kilometre race gets underway at 2:35PM local time (GMT+10:30)
2013 V8 Supercars Clipsal 500 – Race 1 Qualifying Results:
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Shane van Gisbergen||VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports||1:20.7148|
|2.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.1085|
|3.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 0.1405|
|4.||Will Davison||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.2181|
|5.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.2190|
|6.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 0.3903|
|7.||Scott McLaughlin||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 0.3923|
|8.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 0.4258|
|9.||Russell Ingall||SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR||+ 0.4752|
|10.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 0.6302|
|11.||Tony D’Alberto||Team HIFLEX / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 0.6962|
|12.||Alex Davison||Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.7177|
|13.||David Reynolds||Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.7238|
|14.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 0.7420|
|15.||Scott Pye||EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 0.8173|
|16.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.8230|
|17.||Dean Fiore||Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 0.8430|
|18.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.8599|
|19.||James Moffat||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.9943|
|20.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||+ 0.9995|
|21.||Tim Blanchard||Wilson Security / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 1.2537|
|22.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 1.4635|
|23.||Michael Caruso||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 1.4868|
|24.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 1.5666|
|25.||Tim Slade||Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 1.5866|
|26.||Jonny Reid||ADVAM Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 1.6777|
|27.||Lee Holdsworth||IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 1.6820|
|28.||Maro Engel||SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 2.6583|