Scott McLaughlin will start from pole position for today’s second V8 Supercars Championship sprint race at Queensland Raceway after posting a scintillating lap time in today’s ten-minute qualifying session.
After qualifying third-fastest for today’s first sprint race, the Volvo driver was fast out of the gate in the second session, posting a 1:09.76 to claim provisional pole position. Swedish teammate Robert Dahlgren was second-quickest with a promising banker lap, while Lee Holdsworth was third-fastest in the Erebus AMG. Both would tumble down the order to 18th and 21st respectively as most of the field improved on their second runs.
After a quick visit to the pits, the battle for timesheet honours was on again. James Courtney and Will Davison moved into second and third until defending champion Jamie Whincup came through with a flying lap to snatch provisional pole position.
His joy proved to be short-lived, as McLaughlin blasted his way back into top spot with an outstanding lap time to edge Whincup out by 0.07 seconds. A shock second place on the grid went to the Nissan of Michael Caruso with a performance that few believed was possible in the down-on-power Altima.
Whincup was demoted to third and headed an all-Red Bull second row of the grid ahead of teammate Craig Lowndes. Shane van Gisbergen was fifth-fastest in the Tekno Holden, while Rick Kelly underlined Nissan’s promise with the sixth-fastest time. Chaz Mostert, Tim Slade, Nick Percat and Fabian Coulthard completed the top ten.
Championship leader Mark Winterbottom was eleventh-fastest ahead of the two HRT Holdens of Garth Tander and James Courtney.
Race 24 kicks off at 4:30pm local itme (GMT +10).
2014 V8 Supercars Ipswich 400 – Race 24 Qualifying:
|Driver||Team / Entry||Result|
|1.||Scott McLaughlin||Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60||1:09.291|
|2.||Michael Caruso||Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima||+ 0.041|
|3.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.070|
|4.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.078|
|5.||Shane van Gisbergen||TEKNO VIP Petfoods / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.148|
|6.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima||+ 0.191|
|7.||Chaz Mostert||Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG||+ 0.202|
|8.||Nick Percat||Walkinshaw Racing/ Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.205|
|9.||Tim Slade||SuperCheap Auto Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.220|
|10.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.229|
|11.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG||+ 0.241|
|12.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.294|
|13.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.295|
|14.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.317|
|15.||Will Davison||Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG||+ 0.351|
|16.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima||+ 0.407|
|17.||Scott Pye||Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG||+ 0.423|
|18.||Robert Dahlgren||Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60||+ 0.425|
|19.||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Ford Falcon FG||+ 0.435|
|20.||James Moffat||Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima||+ 0.445|
|21.||Lee Holdsworth||Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG||+ 0.514|
|22.||Dale Wood||Team ADVAM / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.519|
|23.||Russell Ingall||Repair Management / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.727|
|24.||Jack Perkins||Jeld-Wen / Ford Falcon FG||+ 0.754|
|25.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG||+ 0.772|
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