Craig Lowndes has claimed his fifth pole position of the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship season, heading an all-Red Bull front row in qualifying for the first of today’s two 100-kilometre sprint races at Queensland Raceway.

With many teams gambling on soft tyre runs, his teammate Jamie Whincup put down an impressive opening lap – a 1:09.5 – but Lowndes didn’t waste any time once he got going. The eleven-time winner at Ipswich put in a 1:09.422, which ultimately proved unbeatable.

Championship leader Mark Winterbottom provisionally held third place, but he would have to improve on his 0.4-second deficit as the field headed into the pits to change tyres before heading out for another run.

Scott McLaughlin – who topped the final practice session yesterday – clocked the third-fastest time to claim ‘best of the rest’ honours on the second row ahead of Fabian Coulthard’s Holden.

James Courtney was fifth-fastest ahead of Will Davison in the Erebus AMG at the team’s home race. Winterbottom led the Ford runners with the seventh-fastest time, with his FPR stablemates David Reynolds (8th) and Chaz Mostert (10th) also getting into the top-ten.

It was a poor session for Townsville winner Garth Tander, who managed the fifteenth-fastest time in his HRT Holden. Also struggling were Jason Bright (18th, after a trip off-track) and three-time Ipswich winner Russell Ingall, who was second-slowest.

Race 23 gets underway today at 2:25pm local time (GMT +10).


2014 V8 Supercars Ipswich 400 – Race 23 Qualifying:

Driver Team / Entry Result
1. Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden 1:09.422
2. Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.046
3. Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 0.053
4. Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.118
5. James Courtney Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.122
6. Will Davison Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 0.131
7. Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.176
8. David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.179
9. Shane van Gisbergen TEKNO VIP Petfoods / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.200
10. Chaz Mostert Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.223
11. Nick Percat Walkinshaw Racing/ Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.224
12. Todd Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.308
13. Rick Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.352
14. Tim Slade SuperCheap Auto Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.372
15. Garth Tander Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.383
16. Scott Pye Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.418
17. Jason Bright Team BOC / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.424
18. Michael Caruso Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.430
19. Jack Perkins Jeld-Wen / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.500
20. Robert Dahlgren Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 0.510
21. David Wall Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.523
22. James Moffat Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.584
23. Lee Holdsworth Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 0.752
24. Russell Ingall Repair Management / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.963
25. Dale Wood Team ADVAM / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.983

Image via V8 Supercars Championship Media

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