Saturday’s qualifying sessions saw the No. 1 Red Bull Racing Holden shoot to the top of the time sheets, with Jamie Whincup claiming pole position for both Race 17 and 18 at Hidden Valley Raceway.

Shane van Gisbergen was first to clock in the top time with 1.12.12 and remained on provisional pole for the majority of the first of two back-to-back sessions.

With 2 minutes remaining, the green tyre flying laps were underway and for the first time in Darwin, Whincup registered a 1:10.136, taking pole. Volvo young gun Scott Mclaughlin was next up, setting himself up for a front-row berth, while the birthday boy Craig Lowndes took third position on the grid for today’s opening race.

With only two sets of Dunlop’s Hard tyres for all races and qualifying sessions scheduled on Saturday, many drivers were taking a conservative approach, completing very few laps in qualifying. Both Lowndes and Whincup were only on track for basically a single flying lap late in the second session of qualifying, a strategy aimed at saving their tyres for the races later in the day.

Within the first 5 minutes of the second qualifying session, only eight cars had set times and it wasn’t until there were less than four minutes on the clock that Scott McLaughlin exited the pits for his flying lap. He will start from fifth place.

Whincup managed to drop the times into the 1m09s range with a best time of 1.09.871, only just ahead of teammate Craig Lowndes by 0.09s, while Fabian Coulthard was able to claim third position for the Race 18 start grid.

Jack Perkins didn’t have a good start to the weekend. The struggling Jeld-Wen Racing driver qualified last in both sessions and trailed the top times by more than a second in both sessions.

Race 17 gets underway at 2:20pm local time (GMT +8:30), with Race 18 following at 4:30pm. Both will be held over 35 laps.


2014 V8 Supercars SkyCity Triple Crown – Race 1 Qualifying:

Driver Team / Entry Result
1. Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden 1:10.136
2. Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 0.017
3. Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.246
4. Shane van Gisbergen TEKNO VIP Petfoods / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.270
5. Garth Tander Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.334
6. Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.415
7. Lee Holdsworth Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 0.451
8. Jason Bright Team BOC / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.459
9. Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.466
10. James Courtney Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.456
11. David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.572
12. James Moffat Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.580
13. Chaz Mostert Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.594
14. Michael Caruso Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.610
15. Will Davison Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 0.644
16. Scott Pye Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.664
17. Tim Slade SuperCheap Auto Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.686
18. Rick Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.771
19. Todd Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.781
20. David Wall Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.807
21. Dale Wood Team ADVAM / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.829
22. Russell Ingall Repair Management / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.954
23. Robert Dahlgren Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 0.960
24. Nick Percat Walkinshaw Racing/ Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.972
25. Jack Perkins Jeld-Wen / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 1.374

2014 V8 Supercars SkyCity Triple Crown – Race 2 Qualifying:

Driver Team / Entry Result
1. Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden 1:09.871
2. Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.100
3. Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.200
4. Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.310
5. Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 0.358
6. Garth Tander Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.382
7. James Courtney Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.388
8. Shane van Gisbergen TEKNO VIP Petfoods / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.391
9. Jason Bright Team BOC / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.400
10. Dale Wood Team ADVAM / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.441
11. Michael Caruso Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.535
12. Will Davison Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 0.570
13. Lee Holdsworth Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 0.590
14. Tim Slade SuperCheap Auto Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.622
15. David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.629
16. Chaz Mostert Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.631
17. James Moffat Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.670
18. Scott Pye Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.717
19. David Wall Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.899
20. Nick Percat Walkinshaw Racing/ Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.907
21. Rick Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.928
22. Robert Dahlgren Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 0.945
23. Todd Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 1.084
24. Russell Ingall Repair Management / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 1.237
25. Jack Perkins Jeld-Wen / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 1.453

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