BJR to the fore in dramatic Bathurst qualifying

Friday 10th October, 2014 - 4:12pm

Share:

Fabian Coulthard

Fabian Coulthard

Fabian Coulthard has won provisional pole for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in a dramatic qualifying session that saw heavy crashes for front-runners Jamie Whincup and David Reynolds.

Coulthard clocked a record breaking 2:05.61s lap with six of the session’s scheduled 40 minutes remaining.

On top by a full 0.6s, the Kiwi then sat out the closing stages confident that he had locked himself into the Top 10 Shootout.

Shane van Gisbergen missed out on knocking his countryman from the head of the order by just 0.09s after a last gasp effort.

The Tekno Holden had been seemingly unaffected by an earlier brush with the exit wall at The Dipper.

Underlining Brad Jones Racing’s strong form was an outstanding third for Dale Wood and a sixth for Jason Bright.

Bright had at one point appeared on course to threaten Coulthard’s time before running off at The Chase.

“It’s full credit to the boys,” smiled Coulthard.

Reynolds' heavily damaged Falcon

Reynolds’ heavily damaged Falcon

“From Sandown we were lacking a bit of pace and we’ve been working tirelessly and haven’t had a hell of a lot of sleep.

“If I can repay them like this then we all should be pretty happy.”

Mark Winterbottom was at the top of the order for much of the going but fell to fourth after failing to improve late on.

Scott McLaughlin, Jack Perkins, James Moffat, Garth Tander and Craig Lowndes complete the Shootout field.

Lowndes and Wood both jumped into the Top 10 after the chequered flag flew, bumping out Walkinshaw duo James Courtney and Nick Percat.

Reynolds and Whincup will meanwhile start from the rear of the grid after their sessions ended early against the concrete.

Reynolds heavily damaged The Bottle-O Ford at Sulman Park after losing control while trying to go around the outside of a Jack Daniel’s Nissan.

“I came over the crest at the grate and was a little bit wide because of the slower car and it was all over after that,” explained Reynolds after leaving the medical centre.

“I’m physically fine but emotionally I’m a bit destroyed. The boys are looking at a pretty bent car.”

Soon after the resumption of running, Whincup slid his Red Bull Holden into the fence at The Cutting, causing a second red flag.

The crash is another setback in what is proving a difficult weekend for the championship leader, whose Red Bull team has struggled to adapt to the resurfaced circuit.

“I’ve almost done it five or six times this weekend and it finally got me in the end,” he said of the crash.

“(But it was) my error, I shouldn’t be pushing harder than the car will allow.

“Fingers crossed that with another practice session tomorrow, we can have a good car (by the race).”

A final practice session will take place tomorrow morning ahead of the evening’s Top 10 Shootout.

Result: V8 Supercars Qualifying, Bathurst

1
Lockwood Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
02:05.61
2
Team Tekno VIP Petfoods
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
02:05.70
00:00.09
3
Team Advam/GB
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF
02:06.24
00:00.63
4
Ford Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG
02:06.26
00:00.65
5
Valvoline Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
02:06.34
00:00.73
6
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
02:06.48
00:00.87
7
Team JELD-WEN
Jack Perkins
Ford Falcon FG
02:06.53
00:00.93
8
Norton Hornets
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
02:06.61
00:01.00
9
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
02:06.62
00:01.01
10
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
02:06.71
00:01.10
11
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
02:06.72
00:01.11
12
Walkinshaw Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
02:06.75
00:01.14
13
Jack Daniel's Racing
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
02:06.81
00:01.20
14
Ford Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG
02:06.84
00:01.23
15
Norton Hornets
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
02:06.89
00:01.28
16
Jack Daniel's Racing
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
02:06.89
00:01.28
17
Wilson Security Racing
Scott Pye
Ford Falcon FG
02:07.27
00:01.66
18
Erebus Team Beko
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
02:07.50
00:01.89
19
Erebus Motorsport V8
Lee Holdsworth
Mercedes E63 AMG
02:07.55
00:01.94
20
Repair Management Aust Racing
Russell Ingall
Holden Commodore VF
02:07.58
00:01.97
21
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
02:07.90
00:02.29
22
Valvoline Racing GRM
Robert Dahlgren
Volvo S60
02:08.26
00:02.65
23
Wilson Security Racing
David Wall
Ford Falcon FG
02:08.39
00:02.78
24
Super Black Racing
Ant Pedersen
Ford Falcon FG
02:08.49
00:02.88
25
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
02:19.51
00:13.91
26
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG
03:48.13
01:42.53

VIDEO: The aftermath of Reynolds’ crash

VIDEO: Whincup hits the wall at The Cutting