Craig Lowndes has claimed pole position in today’s Top-10 Shootout for the opening leg of the ArmorAll Gold Coast 600. The Red Bull Racing Australia driver took advantage of misfortune for his main championship rivals to ensure top spot was his, edging out James Courtney for top spot.
Second-fastest in preliminary qualifying, Lowndes was the penultimate man out on track in the Shootout, with his lap unable to be bettered by the fastest early qualifier, Garth Tander, who finished up third-quickest.
Tony D’Alberto finished an impressive fourth-quickest, ahead of Scott McLaughlin, David Reynolds and Rick Kellym who completed the top seven. Michael Caruso had his lap time excluded for not respecting the track limits, while sixth-fastest Fabian Coulthard was also excluded for failing to stop at the weighbridge when instructed.
Fellow Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen messed up his lap time when he locked up and overshot the first chicane.
Lowndes’ main championship rivals all had disastrous qualifying sessions. Ford Performance Racing duo Mark Winterbottom and Will Davison qualified in 14th and 21st respectively, while Lowndes’ teammate Jamie Whincup had his fastest lap time omitted after tagging the Turn 3 wall and causing the session to be red-flagged.
The first 300-kilometre race gets underway at 14:30 local time (GMT +10).
2013 V8 Supercars Gold Coast 600 – Race 1 Qualifying Results:
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Craig Lowndes / Warren Luff||Triple 8 Engineering||1:10.9569|
|2.||James Courtney / Greg Murphy||Walkinshaw Performance||+ 0.0918|
|3.||Garth Tander / Nick Percat||Walkinshaw Performance||+ 0.2425|
|4.||Tony D’Alberto / Jonny Reid||Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 0.2783|
|5.||Scott McLaughlin / Jack Perkins||Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 0.5165|
|6.||David Reynolds / Dean Canto||Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.9893|
|7.||Rick Kelly / Karl Reindler||Nissan Motorsport||+ 1.0755|
|8.||Michael Caruso / Daniel Gaunt||Nissan Motorsport||no time|
|9.||Fabian Coulthard / Luke Youlden||Brad Jones Racing||no time|
|10.||Shane van Gisbergen / Jeroen Bleekemolen||Tekno Autosports||no time|
|Top-10 Shootout Cut-Off – 1:10.8011||Entry / Team||Result*|
|11.||James Moffat / Taz Douglas||Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.6432|
|12.||Tim Blanchard / Ashley Walsh||Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.6531|
|13.||Lee Holdsworth / Craig Baird||Erebus Motorsport||+ 0.7694|
|14.||Mark Winterbottom / Steve Richards||Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.7809|
|15.||Russell Ingall / Ryan Briscoe||Walkinshaw Performance||+ 0.8427|
|16.||Alex Davison / John McIntyre||Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.8630|
|17.||Tim Slade / David Brabham||Erebus Motorsport||+ 0.8649|
|18.||Alexandre Prémat / Greg Ritter||Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 0.8655|
|19.||David Wall / Chris Pither||Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.8987|
|20.||Dean Fiore / Matt Halliday||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 0.9116|
|21.||Will Davison / Steve Owen||Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.9327|
|22.||Jonathon Webb / Marc Lieb||Tekno Autosports||+ 0.9695|
|23.||Chaz Mostert / Dale Wood||Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.9752|
|24.||Scott Pye / Paul Morris||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 0.9983|
|25.||Jamie Whincup / Paul Dumbrell||Triple 8 Engineering||+ 1.3661|
|26.||Todd Kelly / David Russell||Nissan Motorsport||+ 1.3796|
|27.||Maro Engel / Steven Johnson||Erebus Motorsport||+ 1.4666|
|NQ.||Jason Bright / Andrew Jones||Brad Jones Racing||no time|
* Denotes gap to fastest preliminary qualifying time of 1:10.1593 posted by Garth Tander.