Prodrive Racing teammates Chaz Mostert and Mark Winterbottom have dominated qualifying for Saturday’s two Supersprint races at Barbagallo Raceway, ending an almost 50-race pole drought for the ‘Blue Oval’.

The duo took a front-row lockout for the seventh race of the 2015 V8 Supercars season, with Mostert just edging his more experienced stablemate by six-hundredths of a second as the new Falcon FG X continued to show strong pace.

The result marked Mostert’s first top-tier pole position, exactly two years since making his V8 Supercars debut and a year after claiming his maiden win in factory Ford colours.

Behind the two Prodrive Fords, the next four grid slots were claimed by Holden runners: Craig Lowndes, Garth Tander, Shane van Gisbergen and James Courtney completed the top six.

Series champion Jamie Whincup had a shocking run and will start from a lowly 21st place for the afternoon’s opening 25-lap race.


2015 V8 Supercars UBET Perth SuperSprint – Race 7 Qualifying Top-10
Pos Driver Team / Entry Time
1. Chaz Mostert Pepsi Max Crew 57.0403
2. Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew + 0.0603
3. Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing Australia + 0.0791
4. Garth Tander Holden Racing Team + 0.1420
5. Shane van Gisbergen Team Darrell Lea STIX + 0.1499
6. James Courtney Holden Racing Team + 0.1869
7. David Reynolds Bottle-O Racing Team + 0.2848
8. Jason Bright Team BOC + 0.2892
9. Will Davison Erebus Motorsport V8 + 0.3785
10. Tim Slade SuperCheap Auto Racing + 0.4550

The second ten-minute qualifying session saw Winterbottom return serve, posting a rapid 56.90-second lap time to score pole position for Race 8.

Whincup bounced back from his race 7 qualifying disaster to claim a front-row start ahead of Fabian Coulthard, Lowndes and Mostert.

By contrast, one of Whincup’s main championship rivals, TEKNO’s Shane van Gisbergen, qualified just 18th-fastest.

The ever-consistent Courtney was sixth-fastest again, with David Reynolds, Will Davison, Rick Kelly and Tim Slade closing out the top ten.

It was a tough pair of qualifying sessions for the Volvo Polestar Racing outfit, which had neither Scott McLaughlin nor David Wall make the top-ten in either session.


2015 V8 Supercars UBET Perth SuperSprint – Race 8 Qualifying Top-10
Pos Driver Team / Entry Time
1. Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew 56.9013
2. Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing Australia + 0.0336
3. Fabian Coulthard Freightliner Racing + 0.1909
4. Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing Australia + 0.1988
5. Chaz Mostert Pepsi Max Crew + 0.2324
6. James Courtney Holden Racing Team + 0.3558
7. David Reynolds Bottle-O Racing Team + 0.3628
8. Will Davison Erebus Motorsport V8 + 0.3679
9. Rick Kelly Nissan Motorsport + 0.3984
10. Tim Slade SuperCheap Auto Racing + 0.4104

The first of two 25-lap races will get underway at 13:15 local time (GMT + 8).

Image via V8 Supercars Championship

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