Jamie Whincup has won pole position for today’s opening V8 Supercars race at Pukekohe Raceway.
The Red Bull Australia driver will resume hostilities with front-row starter Mark Winterbottom, with whom he tangled on the final lap of yesterday’s second race en route to claiming his first win of the 2013 season.
Whincup posted a succession of fast laps late in this morning’s opening fifteen minute qualifying session, which determines the starting order for today’s first 100-kilometre, 35-lap sprint race.
He finished just nine-hundredths of a second quicker than Winterbottom’s Ford, which had undergone repairs after he collided with Whincup trying to claim the win yesterday.
Symmons Plains’ souble race-winner Fabian Coulthatd delighted his local fans with the third-fastest time in the Brad Jones Racing Holden, and he’ll share the second row of the starting grid with James Courtney, who showed an impressive turn of speed in his repaired HRT Commodore, which suffered damage after crashing out in yesterday’s second race.
Will Davison was fifth-fastest in the second of the FPR Fords, while GRM Holden duo Alexandre Premat and Scott McLaughlin – winner of yesterday’s opening race – were sixth- and seventh-quickest respectively.
The top-ten was completed by Shane van Gisbergen, Craig Lowndes and Alex Davison, closely followed by David Reynolds, Jason Bright and Garth Tander.
The improved form of the Nissan Altimas was again in evidence, with James Moffat qualifying quickest of the four cars in fourteenth place, fractions ahead of Rick Kelly.
The Erebus AMG entries again struggled for outright pace, with Lee Holdsworth the best of the trio in 23rd spot.
The field will quickly regroup for another fifteen-minute qualifying dash to determine the grid order for today’s closing race.
2013 V8 Supercars ITM400 Auckland – Race 3 Qualifying Results:
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||1:02.7001|
|2.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.0916|
|3.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.1209|
|4.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 0.2359|
|5.||Will Davison||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.2384|
|6.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 0.2690|
|7.||Scott McLaughlin||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 0.2824|
|8.||Shane van Gisbergen||VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports||+ 0.3432|
|9.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 0.3654|
|10.||Alex Davison||Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.4922|
|11.||David Reynolds||Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.5438|
|12.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.5509|
|13.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 0.5615|
|14.||James Moffat||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.6016|
|15.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.6283|
|16.||Dean Fiore||Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 0.6509|
|17.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||+ 0.6682|
|18.||Michael Caruso||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.7046|
|19.||Russell Ingall||SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR||+ 0.7332|
|20.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.8052|
|21.||Tony D’Alberto||Team HIFLEX / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 0.8600|
|22.||Tim Blanchard||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.8754|
|23.||Lee Holdsworth||IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 0.8837|
|24.||Tim Slade||Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 0.9353|
|25.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.9630|
|26.||Maro Engel||SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 1.0883|
|27.||Jonny Reid||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 1.2714|
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