The Red Bull Racing Australia team has continued its one-lap dominance of this weekend’s Tyrepower Tasmania 400, with Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes once again locked out the front row in qualifying, matching the feat they achieved ahead of yesterday’s two races, both of which were won by Whincup.

In today’s 20-minute session, Whincup repeated the dose over his teammate, edging out Lowndes around the Symmons Plains circuit’s 2.4-kilometre layout by 0.11 seconds.

The Volvo of Scott McLaughlin and the Erebus AMG of Will Davison secured the second row of the grid with impressive qualifying efforts, lining up ahead of the Holdens of James Courtney and Shane van Gisbergen.

Courtney’s Walkinshaw Racing stablemates Tim Slade (seventh) and Nick Percat (ninth) ensured three of the outfit’s four cars qualified inside the top-ten, while the final Commodore of Garth Tander was beset with power steering problems which consigned him to a lowly 24th.

Aside from David Wall’s top-ten effort in his Dick Johnson Racing Ford, it was a poor session for the ‘Blue Oval’, made all the more embarrassing by a tangle between FPR stablemates Mark Winterbottom and Jack Perkins.

Perkins was exiting the pits and joined the track right in the path of Winterbottom, who was on a flying lap. The pair made heavy contact, which left Perkins dead last on the timesheets.

Today’s 200-kilometre finale kicks off at 15:55 local time (GMT+11).


2014 V8 Supercars Tyrepower Tasmania 400 – Race 3 Qualifying:

Driver Team / Entry Result
1. Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden 50.968
2. Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.117
3. Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 0.213
4. Will Davison Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 0.214
5. James Courtney Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.307
6. Shane van Gisbergen TEKNO VIP Petfoods / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.322
7. Tim Slade SuperCheap Auto Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.341
8. David Wall Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.366
9. Nick Percat Walkinshaw Racing/ Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.391
10. Lee Holdsworth Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 0.391
11. Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.409
12. Michael Caruso Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.424
13. Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.434
14. Scott Pye Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.448
15. David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.462
16. Jason Bright Team BOC / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.462
17. Chaz Mostert Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.485
18. Rick Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.507
19. Russell Ingall Repair Management / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.566
20. Dale Wood Team ADVAM / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.566
21. Todd Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.600
22. James Moffat Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.612
23. Robert Dahlgren Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 0.720
24. Garth Tander Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 1.015
25. Jack Perkins Jeld-Wen / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 1.404

Image via V8 Supercars Championship Media

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