Qualifying Race, Driver 1, Owen takes victory

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Saturday 11th September, 2010 - 3:19pm

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TeamVodafone driver Steve Owen

TeamVodafone driver Steve Owen

Steve Owen has crushed the field in the first Qualifying Race at Phillip Island today ahead of tomorrow’s L&H 500.

The TeamVodafone driver, steering Jamie Whincup’s #1 Commodore VE II, drove away from the field, scoring 50 points towards Whincup’s title.

Rock Racing’s Jason Bargwanna finished a solid second after a race-long dice with  Toll Holden Racing Team’s Garth Tander.

The pair, former team-mates at Garry Rogers Motorsport in the late 90s/early 00s, had a fierce scrap that saw them exchange paint on a number of occasions. The battle was won in favour of Bargs, while SP Tools driver Shane van Gisbergen also slipped inside Tander as the factory Holden driver faded.

Fifth place went to Team BOC’s Jason Richards ahead of Todd Kelly (Jack Daniel’s Racing), Dean Canto (The Bottle-O Racing), Tony D’Alberto (Centaur Racing), Jonathon Webb (Dick Johnson Racing) and Greg Murphy (Castrol EDGE).

Whincup’s championship rival James Courtney watched from the sidelines as his co-driver Warren Luff finished 15th – the first of the drivers to complete the compulsory pit stop (at the team’s discretion, each car needs to pit in one of the two races).

The 14 lap-race saw an early Safety Car for Michael Caruso’s Fujitsu Racing Commodore VE when he was stuck in the wet grass at turn one.

The second Qualifying Race will be held at 4pm today.

Qualifying Race result; Driver 1

1 1 Steve Owen 14
2 11 Jason Bargwanna 14
3 9 Shane Van Gisbergen 14
4 2 Garth Tander 14
5 8 Jason Richards 14
6 7 Todd Kelly 14
7 55 Dean Canto 14
8 3 Tony D’Alberto 14
9 19 Jonathon Webb 14
10 51 Greg Murphy 14
11 12 Dean Fiore 14
12 44 Marcus Zukanovic 14
13 16 Taz Douglas 14
14 30 Mark Noske 14
15 27 Ant Pedersen 14
16 18 Warren Luff 14
17 5 Luke Youlden 14
18 33 David Besnard 14
19 22 David Reynolds 14
20 17 Steven Johnson 14
21 888 Mark Skaife 14
22 47 Jack Perkins 14
23 15 Owen Kelly 14
24 6 James Moffat 14
25 4 David Brabham 14
26 14 Matthew Halliday 14
27 39 Paul Morris 14
28 21 Karl Reindler 13
29 24 Craig Baird 13
DNF 10 Andrew Thompson 8
DNF 34 Michael Caruso 1

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