Lowndes tops provisional qualifying

Craig Lowndes' TeamVodafone Commodore VE

Craig Lowndes' TeamVodafone Commodore VE

TeamVodafone has dominated the provisional qualifying session at the Sucrogen Townsville 400 this morning.

On his last lap of the 20 minutes session, Craig Lowndes edged out team-mate Jamie Whincup. It will make Lowndes the last car to run in the top 10 shootout at 11:55pm today.

Mark Winterbottom (Orrcon Steel FPR) finished the session third, ahead of Jason Bright (Trading Post Racing), championship leader James Courtney (Jim Beam Racing), Shane van Gisbergen (SP Tools Racing), Garth Tander (Toll Holden Racing Team), Steve Johnson (Jim Beam Racing), Lee Holdsworth (Fujitsu Racing) and Fabian Coulthard (Bundaberg Red Racing).

Just missing out on a top 10 shootout birth at the Townsville street track is Steve Richards (Dunlop Super Dealers FPR), Todd Kelly and Rick Kelly (Jack Daniel’s Racing), Will Davison (Toll HRT) and Jason Bargwanna (Rock Racing).

Yesterday’s fast man Jason Richards (Team BOC) will start the race from 25th.

Centaur Racing’s Tony D’Alberto finished the session in 26th after only completing three laps. He hit the kerb at turn three, breaking the hub. After impressing in yesterday’s practice with fifth place, D’Alberto has a lot of work today in today’s 72 laps.

Provisional qualifying results

1 888 Craig Lowndes 1:13.0511*
2 1 Jamie Whincup 1:13.0634
3 5 Mark Winterbottom 1:13.2559
4 14 Jason Bright 1:13.3126
5 18 James Courtney 1:13.3422
6 9 Shane Van Gisbergen 1:13.5284
7 2 Garth Tander 1:13.5838
8 17 Steven Johnson 1:13.5924
9 33 Lee Holdsworth 1:13.6042
10 24 Fabian Coulthard 1:13.6186
11 6 Steven Richards 1:13.6230
12 7 Todd Kelly 1:13.6450
13 15 Rick Kelly 1:13.6708
14 22 Will Davison 1:13.7111
15 11 Jason Bargwanna 1:13.7701
16 34 Michael Caruso 1:13.8024
17 47 Tim Slade 1:13.8851
18 10 Andrew Thompson 1:14.0246
19 4 Alex Davison 1:14.0263
20 30 Cameron McConville 1:14.1207
21 21 Karl Reindler 1:14.1392
22 12 Dean Fiore 1:14.1621
23 51 Greg Murphy 1:14.2218
24 55 Paul Dumbrell 1:14.2494
25 8 Jason Richards 1:14.2771
26 3 Tony D’Alberto 1:14.2850
27 39 Russell Ingall 1:14.4912
28 19 Jonathon Webb 1:14.5145
29 16 Tony Ricciardello 1:15.1660

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