Reigning champion Jamie Whincup and teammate Craig Lowndes have secured a front-row lock-out in qualifying for Saturday’s two V8 Supercars Championship races at Symmons Plains, although Lowndes was subsequently stripped of his second qualifying session results for a technical infringement.


With qualifying split into two ten-minute sessions around the high-speed Launceston circuit, Whincup and Lowndes’ Holdens were split by a tiny six-hundredths of a second in the opening session, posting the eventual pole-winning time in the dying seconds of play.

Russell Ingall chased them hard with a sensational third-fastest effort, a result all the more impressive given the limited resources at the Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport team and the veteran not being known for his qualifying prowess. He lines up alongside James Courtney on the second row of the grid.

Ford duo David Reynolds and Mark Winterbottom secured a third-row berth, ahead of the Volvo S60 of Scott McLaughlin, which is still suffering from power steering woes that cropped up in Friday’s practice sessions. Shane van Gisbergen, Chaz Mostert and Will Davison rounded out the top ten.

Nick Percat had his times disallowed after triggering a red flag when he beached his newly-liveried Holden in the Turn 4 gravel trap.


2014 V8 Supercars Tyrepower Tasmania 400 – Race 1 Qualifying:

Driver Team / Entry Result
1. Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden 51.411
2. Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.060
3. Russell Ingall Repair Management / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.183
4. James Courtney Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.224
5. David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.244
6. Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.251
7. Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 0.271
8. Shane van Gisbergen TEKNO VIP Petfoods / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.295
9. Chaz Mostert Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.303
10. Will Davison Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 0.311
11. David Wall Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.318
12. Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.322
13. Lee Holdsworth Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 0.366
14. Garth Tander Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.369
15. Scott Pye Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.381
16. Tim Slade SuperCheap Auto Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.396
17. James Moffat Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.476
18. Todd Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.479
19. Rick Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.482
20. Jason Bright Team BOC / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.544
21. Robert Dahlgren Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 0.569
22. Jack Perkins Jeld-Wen / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.578
23. Michael Caruso Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.590
24. Dale Wood Team ADVAM / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.848
25. Nick Percat Walkinshaw Racing/ Holden Commodore VF Holden no time

Qualifying for Saturday’s second race saw Whincup set the early pace before again be deposed by Lowndes, only for the five-time series champion to come through with another pole-winning effort on his second run, claiming the sport by a sizeable 0.2 seconds.

Winterbottom was third-quickest in his Ford, ahead of McLaughlin’s Volvo. Last year’s Symmons Plains winner Fabian Coulthard qualified fifth-quickest, while the Erebus duo of Lee Holdsworth and Will Davison gave the team plenty of smiles with sixth and seventh respectively.

Todd Kelly was eighth-fastest in his Nissan, ensuring all five manufacturers were represented on the first four rows of the grid, while Garth Tander and David Reynolds completed the top-ten. Import racer Robert Dahlgren was eleventh in the second Volvo S60, marking his best qualifying performance so far in the series.

However, everyone bar the two Red Bull Holdens found themselves bumped up one grid slot after Lowndes’ times were disqualified following an investigation by the event stewards. The team was found to have violated the regulations after Lowndes’ car was spotted with blanking tape covering access holes in his car’s driver- and passenger-side windows, which could have given him an aerodynamic advantage along Symmons Plains’ two long straights.


2014 V8 Supercars Tyrepower Tasmania 400 – Race 2 Qualifying:

Driver Team / Entry Result
1. Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden 51.143
2. Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.316
3. Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 0.356
4. Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.371
5. Lee Holdsworth Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 0.374
6. Will Davison Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 0.377
7. Todd Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.408
8. Garth Tander Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.410
9. David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.421
10. Robert Dahlgren Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 0.448
11. Jack Perkins Jeld-Wen / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.470
12. Scott Pye Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.482
13. Jason Bright Team BOC / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.509
14. Rick Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.520
15. David Wall Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.529
16. James Courtney Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.548
17. Russell Ingall Repair Management / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.551
18. James Moffat Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.566
19. Chaz Mostert Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.577
20. Michael Caruso Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.593
21. Nick Percat Walkinshaw Racing/ Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.596
22. Tim Slade SuperCheap Auto Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.598
23. Shane van Gisbergen TEKNO VIP Petfoods / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.605
24. Dale Wood Team ADVAM / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.645
EXC. Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden Excluded

Saturday’s two 100-kilometre races will kick off at 14:35 and 16:35 local time (GMT +11).

Image via V8 Supercars Championship Media

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