Steve Johnson takes provisional pole in NZ
Steve Johnson has taken provisional pole for Race 5 of the V8 Supercars Championship at the ITM400 Hamilton.
In a session disrupted by wet weather and accidents, the Jim Beam Racing driver took his second pole position at the Hamilton circuit, adding to his 2009 efforts.
The top 10 shootout will be held at 11.20am NZT.
Rounding out the top 10 is Rick Kelly (Jack Daniel’s Racing), Shane van Gisbergen (SP Tools Racing), the TeamVodafone pair of Craig Lowndes, Jamie Whincup, David Reynolds (Stratco Racing), Greg Murphy (Pepsi Max Crew), Tony D’Alberto (Wilson Security Racing), Dean Fiore (Sitech Racing) and Garth Tander (Toll Holden Racing Team).
James Courtney was the first to cause a red flag when he collected the turn three wall, bring out a red flag. He will start 16th.
Worst was to come for Paul Dumbrell. The Bottle-O Racing entry hit the turn three wall even harder, caving in the front of his Falcon FG. The Ford Performance Racing team will have a lot of work to do before the 3.05pm.
After the Courtney/Dumbrell red flags, less than two minutes of the session remained and no drivers were able to improve their times.
In the rush to get a better lap time, Jason Bright also tagged the turn three wall.
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1 17 Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 1:35.8538*
2 15 Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 1:35.9807
3 9 Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 1:36.0896
4 888 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE2 1:36.3580
5 88 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2 1:36.5077
6 16 David Reynolds Holden Commodore VE2 1:36.7770
7 11 Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2 1:36.8028
8 3 Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG 1:36.8435
9 12 Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 1:36.8624
10 2 Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2 1:36.9763
11 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 1:37.0891
12 18 James Moffat Ford Falcon FG 1:37.1194
13 6 Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:37.2843
14 19 Jonathon Webb Ford Falcon FG 1:37.4044
15 61 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE2 1:37.6021
16 39 Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE2 1:37.7559
17 30 Warren Luff Holden Commodore VE2 1:37.7904
18 55 Paul Dumbrell Ford Falcon FG 1:37.8300
19 7 Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 1:37.8479
20 8 Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2 1:38.1719
21 49 Steve Owen Holden Commodore VE2 1:38.2784
22 1 James Courtney Holden Commodore VE2 1:38.9804
23 21 Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE2 1:39.0865
24 34 Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2 1:39.3077
25 14 Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE2 1:39.6767
26 47 Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 1:40.1066
27 33 Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE2 1:40.2031
28 4 Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:42.9963
See below for Speedcafe.com’s ITM400 Hamilton Race Guide