Friday qualifying honours were shared between Red Bull Racing Australia teammates Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup for tomorrow’s two 125-kilometre races on the streets of Adelaide.
In two closely-fought qualifying sessions this afternoon, it was series newcomers, Volvo, which surprised…
Qualifying Session 1: Reigning champ secures first pole position of 2014
Friday’s first of two fifteen-minute qualifying sessions saw Jamie Whincup set his title defence up in the perfect fashion with pole position for the first of tomorrow’s two races.
He Red Bull Racing driver just edged out teammate Craig Lowndes, with Mark Winterbottom and James Courtney completing the second row of the grid.
Scott McLaughlin took his new Volvo S60 to an impressive fifth-fastest time, with the young Kiwi backing up his early practice pace in which he emerged on top of the timesheets in one of the day’s free sessions.
The youngster lines up alongside defending Clipsal 500 winner Shane van Gisbergen, while Todd Kelly was seventh quickest in the updated Nissan ahead of local drivers Scott Pye and Tim Slade.
2014 V8 Supercars Clipsal 500 Adelaide – Race 1 Qualifying Results:
|Driver||Team / Entry||Time|
|1.||Jamie Whincup||Triple Eight Holden||1:20.5849|
|2.||Craig Lowndes||Triple Eight Holden||+ 0.1518|
|3.||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.2355|
|4.||James Courtney||TWR Holden||+ 0.2463|
|5.||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo Polestar Racing||+ 0.2501|
|6.||Shane van Gisbergen||Tekno Autosports Holden||+ 0.2610|
|7.||Todd Kelly||Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.3382|
|8.||Scott Pye||Dick Johnson Racing Ford||+ 0.3630|
|9.||Tim Slade||TWR Holden||+ 0.3754|
|10.||Fabian Coulthard||Brad Jones Racing Holden||+ 0.4743|
|11.||Chaz Mostert||Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.4749|
|12.||Michael Caruso||Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.4870|
|13.||Jason Bright||Brad Jones Racing Holden||+ 0.5886|
|14.||Rick Kelly||Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.6086|
|15.||Garth Tander||TWR Holden||+ 0.6401|
|16.||Lee Holdsworth||Erebus Motorsport AMG||+ 0.7436|
|17.||James Moffat||Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.7762|
|18.||Russell Ingall||Lucas Dumbrell Holden||+ 0.8917|
|19.||Dale Wood||Brad Jones Racing Holden||+ 0.9734|
|20.||David Wall||Dick Johnson Racing Ford||+ 0.9915|
|21.||Robert Dahlgren||Volvo Polestar Racing||+ 1.1802|
|22.||David Reynolds||Ford Performance Racing||+ 1.2296|
|23.||Jack Perkins||Ford Performance Racing||+ 1.5445|
|24.||Will Davison||Erebus Motorsport AMG||+ 1.8506|
|25.||Nick Percat||TWR Holden||+ 2.7878|
Qualifying Session 2: Lowndes returns serve
With the field having to quickly reset for a second dash against the stopwatch, it was Lowndes who came out on top in the dying seconds of play to ensure the Red Bull runners a qualifying sweep.
The Kiwi held provisional pole position after the first sequence of timed laps, and while he managed to improve his effort on his second run, it wasn’t enough to deny the quicker Lowndes.
Whincup recovered from a poor opening run after he clipped the Turn 1 tyre bundle to secure third on the grid. He starts alongside Jason Bright.
Mark Winterbottom was fifth-quickest, with Lee Holdsworth claiming a solid sixth for Erebus Motorsport, while Michael Caruso ensured all five manufacturers qualified inside the top-ten with the seventh-fastest time.
2014 V8 Supercars Clipsal 500 Adelaide – Race 2 Qualifying Results:
|Driver||Team / Entry||Time|
|1.||Craig Lowndes||Triple Eight Holden||1:20.4155|
|2.||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo Polestar Racing||+ 0.1103|
|3.||Jamie Whincup||Triple Eight Holden||+ 0.1544|
|4.||Jason Bright||Brad Jones Racing Holden||+ 0.2319|
|5.||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.2745|
|6.||Lee Holdsworth||Erebus Motorsport AMG||+ 0.2964|
|7.||Michael Caruso||Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.3182|
|8.||James Courtney||TWR Holden||+ 0.3580|
|9.||Scott Pye||Dick Johnson Racing Ford||+ 0.4053|
|10.||Chaz Mostert||Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.4375|
|11.||Todd Kelly||Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.4557|
|12.||Tim Slade||TWR Holden||+ 0.4920|
|13.||Nick Percat||TWR Holden||+ 0.5139|
|14.||James Moffat||Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.5195|
|15.||Shane van Gisbergen||Tekno Autosports Holden||+ 0.5421|
|16.||Fabian Coulthard||Brad Jones Racing Holden||+ 0.5487|
|17.||Rick Kelly||Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.5983|
|18.||Garth Tander||TWR Holden||+ 0.6008|
|19.||David Reynolds||Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.7426|
|20.||Will Davison||Erebus Motorsport AMG||+ 0.7801|
|21.||David Wall||Dick Johnson Racing Ford||+ 0.8689|
|22.||Jack Perkins||Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.9842|
|23.||Dale Wood||Brad Jones Racing Holden||+ 1.2005|
|24.||Russell Ingall||Lucas Dumbrell Holden||+ 1.2975|
|25.||Robert Dahlgren||Volvo Polestar Racing||+ 1.3770|
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