Jamie Whincup has survived a red-flag interrupted qualifying session to claim pole position for today’s 60/60 Supersprint race at Barbagallo Raceway.
The Red Bull Racing Australia driver’s final flying lap – posted in the dying seconds of the twenty-minute session – proved good enough for top spot, edging former Barbagallo racewinner Jason Bright into second place on the starting grid.
It’s another Brad Jones Racing / Triple 8 affair on the second row, with Fabian Coulthard third-quickest ahead of Whincup’s teammate Craig Lowndes.
Ironically, it was the third BRJ entry of David Wall which triggered all of the qualifying chaos. Wall slid into the Turn 7 gravel with just two-and-a-half minutes on the clock, triggering the red flags and a mad scramble for a final flying lap when the session resumed.
Alex Davison had taken his Jeld-wen FPR entry into provisional pole position before the stoppage, only to ultimately be beaten by the four Holdens – despite the disappointment of losing pole, it was the V8 returnee’s best qualifying performance to-date in 2013. He lines up ahead of Alexandre Prémat, Will Davison and Mark Winterbottom, who completed the top-eight.
Undoubtedly the two surprise performers of qualifying were Maro Engel and V8 debutante Chaz Mostert, who both claimed sensational top-ten qualifying results.
The first leg of the 60/60 Supersprint race gets underway at 13:45 local time.
2013 V8 Supercars Chill Perth 360 – Race 1 Qualifying Results:
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||55.3985|
|2.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.0819|
|3.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.1130|
|4.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 0.1182|
|5.||Alex Davison||Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.1388|
|6.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 0.1432|
|7.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.3313|
|8.||Will Davison||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.4059|
|9.||Maro Engel||SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 0.4587|
|10.||Chaz Mostert||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.4788|
|11.||Shane van Gisbergen||VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports||+ 0.4975|
|12.||Scott McLaughlin||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 0.5262|
|13.||James Moffat||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.5268|
|24.||Lee Holdsworth||IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 0.5302|
|15.||David Reynolds||Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.5375|
|16.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 0.5386|
|17.||Tony D’Alberto||Team HIFLEX / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 0.5865|
|18.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||+ 0.5877|
|19.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 0.6495|
|20.||Tim Slade||Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 0.7169|
|21.||Dean Fiore||Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 0.7264|
|22.||Russell Ingall||SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR||+ 0.7332|
|23.||Scott Pye||EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 0.8135|
|24.||Michael Caruso||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.8260|
|25.||Tim Blanchard||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.8812|
|26.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.8891|
|27.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.8946|
|28.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.9166|