Craig Lowndes was the fastest qualifier for the final race of the Townsville 500 triple-header, but it will be Jason Bright who starts from pole position after the series veteran incurred a two-place grid penalty after his wild driving in Saturday’s closing sprint race.
After being the fastest provisional qualifier in the preceding 20-minute open session, Lowndes was the last man out in the one-lap Top 10 Shootout and delivered a time of 1:13.098 to edge out Bright by just eight-hundredths of a second.
Bright was sandwiched on the timesheets by the sister Red Bull Holden of reigning champion Jamie Whincup, who was less than one-hundredth of a second slower in one of the tightest shootouts in the championship’s history.
Bright and Whincup will therefore share the front of the grid, while Lowndes is demoted to third. Scott McLaughlin qualified fourth-fastest for the third time on the trot in his GRM Volvo S60. Garth Tander, James Courtney, Shane van Gisbergen, Nick Percat, Will Davison and Chaz Mostert completed the top ten.
Davison will also drop two grid spots, courtesy of his own grid penalty for colliding with Lowndes in yesterday’s second race.
Championship leader Mark Winterbottom’s miserable qualifying form at Townsville continued, as he once again failed to make the top-ten. He’ll start today’s 250-kilometre race from twelfth position.
2014 V8 Supercars Townsville 500 – Race 22 Qualifying:
|‘Top 10 Shootout’||Team / Entry||Result|
|1.||Craig Lowndes^||Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF||1:13.098|
|2.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.085|
|3.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.086|
|4.||Scott McLaughlin||Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60||+ 0.214|
|5.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.362|
|6.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.395|
|7.||Shane van Gisbergen||TEKNO VIP Petfoods / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.508|
|8.||Nick Percat||Walkinshaw Racing/ Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.519|
|9.||Will Davison^||Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG||+ 0.555|
|10.||Chaz Mostert||Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG||+ 0.854|
|Q1 Qualifiers||Team / Entry||Result*|
|11.||Tim Slade||SuperCheap Auto Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.385|
|12.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG||+ 0.413|
|13.||Lee Holdsworth||Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG||+ 0.414|
|14.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.433|
|15.||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Ford Falcon FG||+ 0.513|
|16.||Michael Caruso||Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima||+ 0.532|
|17.||Scott Pye||Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG||+ 0.601|
|18.||James Moffat||Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima||+ 0.666|
|19.||Russell Ingall||Repair Management / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.685|
|20.||Jack Perkins||Jeld-Wen / Ford Falcon FG||+ 0.826|
|21.||Robert Dahlgren||Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60||+ 0.855|
|22.||Todd Kelly^||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima||+ 1.045|
|23.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima||+ 1.111|
|24.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG||+ 1.211|
|25.||Dale Wood||Team ADVAM / Holden Commodore VF||+ 1.344|
* Denotes gap to fastest provisional qualifying lap of 1:13.467 by Craig Lowndes
^ Lowndes and Davison will each serve a two-place grid penalty for careless driving in Race 21; Kelly serves a four-place grid penalty for the same offence in Race 21.
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