Jason Bright has narrowly edged out Jamie Whincup from claiming a qualifying sweep ahead of today’s two V8 Supercars Championship races at Pukekohe Raceway.
After the Red Bull Australia driver claimed pole in this morning’s earlier qualifying session that determined the first race’s starting order, Bright produced a last-gasp effort to snatch top spot from Whincup by a scant three-hundredths of a second.
Whincup had looked assured for a hat-trick of pole positions at the revamped circuit until the dying seconds, when Bright’s banzai lap-time of 1:02.6524 proved just enough to confine the reigning series champion to second place on the grid.
Holden claimed the first five grid positions in today’s second fifteen-minute session, with Bright’s teammate Fabian Coulthard managing another top-three qualifying performance in his Lockwood-sponsored entry, ahead of the two HRT Commodores of Garth Tander and James Courtney.
Mark Winterbottom was the fastest Ford runner in sixth spot, with the factory Ford team managing to get all four of its entries inside the top-twelve on the grid. The Davison brothers, Alex and Will, line up in eighth and ninth places, while David Reynolds completes the top-dozen grid spots.
V8 teenage sensation Scott McLaughlin was a fine seventh-fastest on his home track, while Craig Lowndes and Russell Ingall managed tenth and eleventh, respectively.
2013 V8 Supercars ITM400 Auckland – Race 4 Qualifying Results:
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||1:02.6524|
|2.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 0.0334|
|3.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.1208|
|4.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 0.1485|
|5.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 0.2439|
|6.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.2442|
|7.||Scott McLaughlin||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 0.3009|
|8.||Alex Davison||Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.3329|
|9.||Will Davison||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.3452|
|10.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 0.3485|
|11.||Russell Ingall||SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR||+ 0.3868|
|12.||David Reynolds||Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.4198|
|13.||Shane van Gisbergen||VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports||+ 0.4746|
|14.||James Moffat||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.5983|
|15.||Dean Fiore||Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 0.6225|
|16.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 0.6264|
|17.||Michael Caruso||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.6422|
|18.||Tony D’Alberto||Team HIFLEX / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 0.6695|
|19.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||+ 0.6895|
|20.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.6961|
|21.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.7990|
|22.||Lee Holdsworth||IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 0.8093|
|23.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.8123|
|24.||Tim Blanchard||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.8165|
|25.||Tim Slade||Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 1.0621|
|26.||Maro Engel||SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 1.0693|
|27.||Jonny Reid||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 1.1502|