Jamie Whincup starts from pole position for today's opening race at Pukekohe Raceway

Jamie Whincup will start from pole position for the first of today’s two 100-kilometre races at the ITM400 Auckland at Pukekohe Raceway.

The Red Bull Australia clocked the fastest time in the morning’s Top-10 pole Shootout, which occurred shortly after the qualifying session for today’s second race, in which local driver Fabian Coulthard was quickest.

As the fastest driver in the first part of qualifying, Whincup was the final driver out in the one-lap shootout for pole, and managed to ruin Coulthard’s hopes of a perfect qualifying sweep with a rapid 1:02.7600 lap-time.

That consigned Coulthard to the outside front-row start, while Brad Jones Racing teammate Jason Bright was fourth-fastest, with the pair sandwiching the Ford of Mark Winterbottom.

Garry Rogers Motorsport rookie Scott McLaughlin delighted his New Zealand fans by qualifying a sensational fifth, two spots ahead of teammate Alexandre Premat.

Shane van Gisbergen ensured three Kiwis would start inside the top-ten with the sixth-fastest time, while Garth Tander, David Reynolds and Craig Lowndes rounded out the final positions in the shootout.


2013 V8 Supercars ITM400 Auckland – Race 1 Qualifying Results:

Driver Entry / Team Top-10 Time
1. Jamie Whincup Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering 1:02.7600
2. Fabian Coulthard Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 0.1232
3. Mark Winterbottom Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 0.2358
4. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing + 0.2868
5. Scott McLaughlin Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 0.4460
6. Shane van Gisbergen Holden VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports + 0.5583
7. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 0.5838
8. Garth Tander** Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 0.6323
9. David Reynolds Ford Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 0.9441
10. Craig Lowndes Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering + 1.8449
Driver Entry / Team Q1 Time*
11. Will Davison Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 0.6238
12. James Courtney Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 0.6328
13. Jonathon Webb Holden Tekno Autosports + 0.6358
14. Alex Davison Ford Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 0.8072
15. Rick Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 0.8097
16. Tim Blanchard Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 0.8339
17. Michael Caruso Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 0.8443
18. David Wall Holden Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 0.8518
19. Todd Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 0.8956
20. Tony D’Alberto Holden Team HIFLEX / Tony D’Alberto Racing + 0.9218
21. Lee Holdsworth AMG IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 0.9298
22. Russell Ingall** Holden SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR + 0.9594
23. Dean Fiore Holden Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 1.0202
24. James Moffat Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 1.1067
25. Jonny Reid Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 1.3080
26. Maro Engel AMG SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 1.4120
27. Tim Slade AMG Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport no time

* Time difference to fastest Q1 lap-time of 1:02.5597 posted by Jamie Whincup.
** Two-place grid penalty incurred for rules breach in  Free Practice 2.

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