James Moffat has claimed a shock pole position for the Norton Hornets Nissan team ahead of today’s 200-kilometre Feature Race at Queensland Raceway.
The result backs up the front-row qualifying form of teammate Michael Caruso, who threw away his chance of the Japanese carmaker’s first win of the season with a failed divebomb on race leader Scott McLaughlin in yesterday’s second Sprint Race.
Today’s twenty-minute qualifying session started off with the field posting banker laps and confirming their set-ups on scrubbed tyres. Will Davison led this phase in his Erebus Motorsport AMG with a fairly leisurely 1:10.58, with Jack Perkins and Caruso completing a provisional top-three.
Yesterday’s near-winner Scott McLaughlin moved to the top of the timesheets with an impressive 1:09.36 before Jason Bright had an off-track moment at Turn 3 in his Team BOC Holden, continuing a nightmare weekend for the series veteran. He managed to get going, but ultimately qualified well down the field in 18th.
Moffat and Rick Kelly were now second and third in their Nissan Altimas, suggesting that they could be dark horses over the remainder of the session.
A switch to fresh tyres saw the order continually reshuffling. James Courtney and defending series champion Jamie Whincup were now threatening the all-important P1, but it was the youngsters Moffat, McLaughlin and Nick Percat who stole the show.
Moffat’s 1:09.154 was the fastest qualifying lap of the weekend, almost two-tenths of a second quicker than Courtney. McLaughlin and Percat locked out the second row of the grid ahead of Whincup.
Chaz Mostert was the fastest Ford runner in sixth; he and championship-leading FPR teammate Mark Winterbottom sandwiched Caruso’s Nissan. Craig Lowndes and Will Davison rounded out the top ten, ensuring that all five manufacturers were represented inside the top-ten.
Sunday’s 200-kilometre Feature Race takes place over 65 laps, kicking off at 3:50pm local time (GMT +10).
2014 V8 Supercars Ipswich 400 – Race 25 Qualifying:
|Driver||Team / Entry||Result|
|1.||James Moffat||Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima||1:09.154|
|2.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.182|
|3.||Scott McLaughlin||Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60||+ 0.207|
|4.||Nick Percat||Walkinshaw Racing/ Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.245|
|5.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.274|
|6.||Chaz Mostert||Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG||+ 0.274|
|7.||Michael Caruso||Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima||+ 0.294|
|8.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG||+ 0.336|
|9.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.350|
|10.||Will Davison||Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG||+ 0.374|
|11.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima||+ 0.375|
|12.||Scott Pye||Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG||+ 0.422|
|13.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.458|
|14.||Tim Slade||SuperCheap Auto Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.485|
|15.||Shane van Gisbergen||TEKNO VIP Petfoods / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.487|
|16.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG||+ 0.499|
|17.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.543|
|18.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.557|
|19.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima||+ 0.598|
|20.||Lee Holdsworth||Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG||+ 0.651|
|21.||Jack Perkins||Jeld-Wen / Ford Falcon FG||+ 0.830|
|22.||Robert Dahlgren||Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60||+ 0.977|
|23.||Russell Ingall||Repair Management / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.979|
|24.||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Ford Falcon FG||+ 1.013|
|25.||Dale Wood||Team ADVAM / Holden Commodore VF||+ 1.068|
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