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 Nissan 1:09.154
2. James Courtney Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.182
3. Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 0.207
4. Nick Percat Walkinshaw Racing/ Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.245
5. Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.274
6. Chaz Mostert Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.274
7. Michael Caruso Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.294
8. Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.336
9. Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.350
10. Will Davison Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 0.374
11. Rick Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.375
12. Scott Pye Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.422
13. Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.458
14. Tim Slade SuperCheap Auto Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.485
15. Shane van Gisbergen TEKNO VIP Petfoods / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.487
16. David Wall Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.499
17. Garth Tander Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.543
18. Jason Bright Team BOC / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.557
19. Todd Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.598
20. Lee Holdsworth Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 0.651
21. Jack Perkins Jeld-Wen / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.830
22. Robert Dahlgren Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 0.977
23. Russell Ingall Repair Management / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.979
24. David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 1.013
25. Dale Wood Team ADVAM / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 1.068

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