Bright scores pole as Winterbottom escapes spin

Friday 25th April, 2014 - 10:52am

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Jason Bright scored pole for Race 10

Jason Bright scored pole for Race 10

Jason Bright scored pole position for Race 10 at Pukekohe in a qualifying session highlighted by a wild spin and subsequent recovery from Mark Winterbottom.

Bright’s best of 1:03.196s was set at the halfway mark of the 20 minute session and, surprisingly, proved able to withstand all challenges on the final tyre runs.

The former Bathurst winner’s first pole of the 2014 season comes at the venue where he emotionally won the Jason Richards Trophy last year.

“It’s a good way to start the weekend as qualifying has been our weakness this year,” he said.

“To put it on pole for today’s race is handy, so hopefully we can get off the line petty well and it should be a good weekend.”

Jamie Whincup drew within 0.08s of the Team BOC with a late effort, completing a fine recovery from a tough practice this morning.

Shane van Gisbergen and Craig Lowndes will share the second row, while Will Davison, James Courtney, Scott McLaughlin, Nick Percat, Fabian Coulthard and Mark Winterbottom completed the top 10.

Winterbottom spinning down the front straight. pic: V8Superview via facebook

Winterbottom spinning down the front straight. pic: V8Superview via facebook

Practice pace-setter Winterbottom ran wide at the high-speed final corner and tagged the wall moments prior to Bright’s lap being recorded.

The factory Ford outfit rapidly fixed left rear damage to the #5 Falcon in order to return Winterbottom to the track for a final effort.

Rejoining the circuit in 19th, the patched together Falcon proved good enough to bump that of team-mate David Reynolds from the top 10.

James Moffat was the fastest of the Nissans in 13th after a mistake from team leader Rick Kelly ended the #15 Altima’s session early.

Kelly brought out the red flags in the opening minutes after a heavy kerb strike at Turn 2 resulted in a trip into the Turn 3 sand. He’ll start 25th.

QUALIFYING: Race 1 – ITM 500 Auckland – Pukekohe Park

Position Car Driver Team Car Time Gap
1   8 Jason Bright  Team BOC  Holden Commodore VF  1:03.1962
2   1 Jamie Whincup  Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF  1:03.2714 0:00.0752
3  97 Shane Van Gisbergen  Team Tekno VIP Petfoods  Holden Commodore VF  1:03.2742 0:00.0780
4 888 Craig Lowndes  Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF  1:03.2883 0:00.0921
5   9 Will Davison  Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG  1:03.3167 0:00.1205
6  22 James Courtney  Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF  1:03.3302 0:00.1340
7  33 Scott McLaughlin  Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60  1:03.3448 0:00.1486
8 222 Nick Percat  Walkinshaw Racing  Holden Commodore VF  1:03.3483 0:00.1521
9  14 Fabian Coulthard  Lockwood Racing  Holden Commodore VF  1:03.3864 0:00.1902
10   5 Mark Winterbottom  Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG  1:03.3949 0:00.1987
11  55 David Reynolds  The Bottle-O Racing Team  Ford Falcon FG  1:03.4091 0:00.2129
12   4 Lee Holdsworth  Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG  1:03.4204 0:00.2242
13 360 James Moffat  Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima  1:03.4484 0:00.2522
14  47 Tim Slade  Supercheap Auto Racing  Holden Commodore VF  1:03.4496 0:00.2534
15   7 Todd Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima  1:03.4713 0:00.2751
16   2 Garth Tander  Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF  1:03.4847 0:00.2885
17  36 Michael Caruso  Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima  1:03.5027 0:00.3065
18  18 Jack Perkins  Team JELD-WEN  Ford Falcon FG  1:03.5511 0:00.3549
19  16 Scott Pye  Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG  1:03.6802 0:00.4840
20  23 Russell Ingall  Repair Management Aust Racing  Holden Commodore VF  1:03.7514 0:00.5552
21   6 Chaz Mostert  Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG  1:03.8049 0:00.6087
22  17 David Wall  Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG  1:03.9599 0:00.7637
23  34 Robert Dahlgren  Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60  1:03.9759 0:00.7797
24  21 Dale Wood  Team Advam/GB  Holden Commodore VF  1:04.0432 0:00.8470
25  15 Rick Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima  1:08.9993 0:05.8031