Holdsworth takes provisional pole at Gold Coast

Lee Holdsworth in the #33 Fujitsu Racing Commodore VE

Lee Holdsworth in the #33 Fujitsu Racing Commodore VE

Lee Holdsworth has taken provisional pole position for Race 19 of the V8 Supercars Championship Series at the Armor All Gold Coast 600 today.

Holdsworth, who will partner with Greg Ritter in the #33 Fujitsu Racing Commodore VE, set two late fast times – the first placing him third behind Garth Tander and Mark Winterbottom, but his last hot lap was good enough to edge out Toll HRT’s Tander by 0.0062s.

“It just hooked up, the tyres came to pressure and everything was running smoothly from the second and third sector,” Holdsworth said.

“The first sector wasn’t so good, so at least we know there’s still something in it.”

Orrcon Steel FPR’s Winterbottom took third place from his team-mate Steve Richards, making the Richards/Will Power combination the highest-placed international driver entrant.

Other drivers who will compete in the top 10 shootout are Michael Caruso, James Courtney, Paul Dumbrell, Jamie Whincup, Craig Lowndes and Will Davison.

Nathan Pretty had his second big accident of the weekend, crashing at turn one in the early stages of the session. The car will be repaired for this afternoon’s race.

The only other issues during the session was when tyre bundles went stray on the track.

The top 10 shootout will start at 10.50am.

1 33 Lee Holdsworth 1:11.9101R
2 2 Garth Tander 1:11.9163r
3 5 Mark Winterbottom 1:11.9424r
4 6 Steven Richards 1:12.2042r
5 34 Michael Caruso 1:12.2290r
6 18 James Courtney 1:12.2811r
7 55 Paul Dumbrell 1:12.3026r
8 1 Jamie Whincup 1:12.4074
9 888 Craig Lowndes 1:12.4214
10 22 Will Davison 1:12.4687
11 15 Rick Kelly 1:12.5174
12 17 Steven Johnson 1:12.6005
13 9 Shane Van Gisbergen 1:12.6020
14 8 Jason Richards 1:12.6127
15 39 Russell Ingall 1:12.7298
16 24 Fabian Coulthard 1:12.8820
17 7 Todd Kelly 1:12.9522
18 47 Tim Slade 1:12.9625
19 51 Greg Murphy 1:12.9647
20 11 Jason Bargwanna 1:12.9725
21 4 Alex Davison 1:13.0167
22 19 Jonathon Webb 1:13.0523
23 21 Karl Reindler 1:13.1289
24 3 Tony D’Alberto 1:13.1876
25 12 D.Fiore/G.Morbidelli 1:13.4880
26 10 Andrew Thompson 1:13.5548
27 16 Tony Ricciardello 1:14.7204
28 14 Jason Bright 1:14.8369
30 Nathan Pretty

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