David Reynolds took a surprise pole position in qualifying for the opening race of the V8 Supercars SkyCity Triple Crown to be held later this afternoon.
The Bottle-O Racing pilot set a rapid 1.09.5 in the Top-10 shootout, which was enough for the 27-year-old to secure his first pole position since the Townsville round of last season.
Reigning champion Jamie Whincup was unable to break Red Bull Racing’s pole-position hoodoo at Hidden Valley Raceway, setting the second-fastest shootout time only fourteen-thousandths of a second short of Reynolds’ blistering lap. Reynolds’ stablemate Will Davison rounded out the top three in his Pepsi Max Falcon, a further six hundredths of a second off pole.
Fourth was James Courtney for HRT ahead of Mark Winterbottom in the second Pepsi Max FPR entry. Jason Bright, Rick Kelly, Shane van Gisbergen, Garth Tander and Craig Lowndes rounded out the top 10.
Lowndes’ error-ridden shootout lap will be all the more disappointing, given he set the fastest time in the 20 minute qualifying session earlier today. The veteran recorded a 1.09.68, fractionally ahead of his Red Bull Racing Australia stable-mate Jamie Whincup.
BJR’s Fabian Coulthard was the disappointment of the Q1 session, missing a spot in the Top 10 Shootout by just five-thousandths of a second. Scott McLaughlin also failed to reserve a place in the Top 10, steering his Garry Rogers Motorsport Commodore to 14th on the grid.
Rick Kelly was the best of the factory Nissan entries managing seventh after an impressive shootout lap, while the Altimas of Todd Kelly and James Moffat were stranded back in 23rd and 27th respectively. Tim Slade guided his Erebus Motorsport Mercedes to 13th, the best of the AMG entries.
The first leg of the 60/60 SuperSprint race kicks off at 15:10 Central Standard Time.
2013 V8 Supercars SkyCity Triple Crown – Race 1 Qualifying Results:
|Driver||Entry / Team||T10 Result|
|1.||David Reynolds||Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing||1:09.5034|
|2.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 0.0138|
|3.||Will Davison||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.0663|
|4.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 0.0862|
|5.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.2225|
|6.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.3388|
|7.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.4579|
|8.||Shane van Gisbergen||VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports||+ 0.4593|
|9.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 0.8881|
|10.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 1.1002|
|Driver||Entry / Team||Q1 Result*|
|11.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.3084|
|12.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 0.3145|
|13.||Tim Slade||Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 0.3505|
|14.||Scott McLaughlin||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 0.4287|
|15.||Michael Caruso||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.4623|
|16.||Jonathon Webb||Darrell Lea Racing / Tekno Autosports||+ 0.5003|
|17.||Dean Fiore||Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 0.5040|
|18.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.5449|
|19.||Chaz Mostert||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.5508|
|20.||Tony D’Alberto||Team HIFLEX / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 0.5622|
|21.||Maro Engel||SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 0.5688|
|22.||Lee Holdsworth||IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 0.6128|
|23.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.6589|
|24.||Alex Davison||Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.8136|
|25.||Tim Blanchard||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.8542|
|26.||Scott Pye||EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 0.8807|
|27.||James Moffat||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.9382|
|28.||Russell Ingall||SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR||+ 1.0841|
* Denotes relative gap to fastest Q1 qualifier, Craig Lowndes (1:09.6849)