Mark Winterbottom fastest ahead of Top 10 Shootout

  • Saturday 7th July, 2012 11:46am
  • Author: Stefan Bartholomaeus ©
Mark Winterbottom spent more time in the garage than on the circuit

Mark Winterbottom spent more time in the garage than on the circuit

Mark Winterbottom has led a Ford Performance Racing 1-2 in qualifying ahead of Race 14’s Top 10 Shootout at the Sucrogen Townsville 400.

The Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon driver used just one set of new soft tyres in the 20 minute session – sitting out the majority after setting an impressive 1:12.26s lap at the halfway mark.

David Reynolds and Jamie Whincup followed a similar strategy to end up second and third respectively, with The Bottle-O Falcon a full 0.27s adrift of its sister entry.

Steve Owen jumped to fourth with his final flying lap, leading a resurgent Dick Johnson Racing that will also see Owen’s team-mates Steven Johnson (eighth fastest) and James Moffat (ninth) in the Top 10 Shootout.

Will Davison, Craig Lowndes and Tony D’Alberto filled fifth through seventh, while Garth Tander languished outside the top 20 for much of the session before scraping into the 10 inside the final minute.

An early spin from James Moffat at Turn 11 was the only notable incident during the session.

Kelly Racing’s guest driver Jacques Villeneuve had a quiet session, setting his best time of the weekend so far to qualify 2.2s from the pace.

The Top 10 Shootout will kick-off at 1310 local time.

Listen below to Mark Winterbottom’s thoughts after the session

See below for the full qualifying result

1Orrcon Steel FPR FordMark WinterbottomFord Falcon FG1:12.2553
2The Bottle-O Racing TeamDavid ReynoldsFord Falcon FG1:12.52460:00.2693
3TeamVodafoneJamie WhincupHolden Commodore VE21:12.54740:00.2921
4VIP PetfoodsSteve OwenFord Falcon FG1:12.57130:00.3160
5Trading Post FPR FordWill DavisonFord Falcon FG1:12.59540:00.3401
6TeamVodafoneCraig LowndesHolden Commodore VE21:12.60590:00.3506
7Team HiflexTony D’AlbertoFord Falcon FG1:12.65080:00.3955
8Jim Beam RacingSteven JohnsonFord Falcon FG1:12.69410:00.4388
9Team Norton DJRJames MoffatFord Falcon FG1:12.75940:00.5041
10Holden Racing TeamGarth TanderHolden Commodore VE21:12.76670:00.5114
11Tekno AutosportsMichael PatriziHolden Commodore VE21:12.77900:00.5237
12SP Tools RacingShane Van GisbergenFord Falcon FG1:12.82390:00.5686
13Lockwood RacingFabian CoulthardHolden Commodore VE21:12.86600:00.6107
14Irwin RacingLee HoldsworthFord Falcon FG1:12.87760:00.6223
15Jack Daniel’s RacingRick KellyHolden Commodore VE21:12.89890:00.6436
16Supercheap Auto RacingRussell IngallHolden Commodore VE21:12.94570:00.6904
17Tekno AutosportsJonathon WebbHolden Commodore VE21:12.99840:00.7431
18Lucky 7 RacingTim SladeFord Falcon FG1:13.02570:00.7704
19Fujitsu Racing GRMMichael CarusoHolden Commodore VE21:13.04030:00.7850
20Jack Daniel’s RacingTodd KellyHolden Commodore VE21:13.10390:00.8486
21Jim Beam RacingDean FioreFord Falcon FG1:13.16790:00.9126
22Team BOCJason BrightHolden Commodore VE21:13.17100:00.9157
23Holden Racing TeamJames CourtneyHolden Commodore VE21:13.17260:00.9173
24Fair Dinkum Sheds RacingKarl ReindlerHolden Commodore VE21:13.17640:00.9211
25Team iSelectTaz DouglasHolden Commodore VE21:13.32000:01.0647
26Fujitsu Racing GRMAlexandre PrematHolden Commodore VE21:13.38730:01.1320
27Wilson Security RacingDavid WallHolden Commodore VE21:13.65200:01.3967
28Pepsi Max CrewJacques VilleneuveHolden Commodore VE21:14.41310:02.1578

See below for’s Sucrogen Townsville 400 Race Guide

See below for’s Race Guide for the British Grand Prix, which is also taking place this weekend

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