Thompson takes dominant Fujitsu pole

Saturday 9th July, 2011 - 10:19am


Andrew Thompson with engineer John Russell

Andrew Thompson with engineer John Russell

Andrew Thompson has continued to dominate the Fujitsu V8 Supercars Series action at the Sucrogen Townsville 400, taking pole position for this afternoon’s opening race.

The 23-year-old Monster Energy backed driver sat at the top of the times from the outset, before putting in back-to-back fastest laps in the final three minutes to cement the number one position.

Thompson’s 1:13.36s best saw him 0.68s clear of nearest rival Nick Percat (Coates Hire Walkinshaw Racing), whose fastest time also came in the final three minute flurry.

Jack Perkins (Supercheap Auto Sonic Motor Racing Services) recovered well from a practice crash yesterday to take third, ahead of Greg Murphy Racing’s Daniel Jilesen.

Marcus Zukanovic (ABC Towing Action Racing), David Russell (Jayco MWM), Paul Morris (Love Machine PMM), Scott McLaughlin (Fujitsu SBR), Rodney Jane (Bob Jane T-Marts Sonic Motor Racing Services) and Tim Blanchard (Jayco MWM) rounded out the top 10.

Former Fujitsu Series winner Andrew Jones brought out the red flags after making contact with the tyre barriers at Turn 11 just seven minutes into the session and will start 27th.

See below for the full qualifying result

1 Triple Eight Race Engineering Andrew Thompson Holden Commodore VE 1:13.3603R
2 Coates Hire Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VE 1:14.0390 0:00.6787
3 Bob Jane T Marts/Supercheap Jack Perkins Ford Falcon BF 1:14.2377 0:00.8774
4 R&J Batteries/EarthEx/KingGee Daniel Jilesen Holden Commodore VE 1:14.3542 0:00.9939
5 Midway Concrete&Garden Supply Marcus Zukanovic Holden Commodore VE 1:14.3628 0:01.0025
6 Team Jayco David Russell Ford Falcon BF 1:14.4009 0:01.0406
7 The Love Machine Paul Morris Holden Commodore VE 1:14.4492 0:01.0889
8 Fujitsu Scott McLaughlin Ford Falcon BF 1:14.5557 0:01.1954
9 Bob Jane T-Marts Rodney Jane Ford Falcon FG 1:14.6212 0:01.2609
10 Team Jayco Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon BF 1:14.6482 0:01.2879
11 Fastaz Motorsport Taz Douglas Holden Commodore VZ 1:14.7092 0:01.3489
12 AC Delco/Simworx/NDD Geoff Emery Holden Commodore VE 1:14.7463 0:01.3860
13 Simpro Software/Master Elect. Ashley Walsh Ford Falcon BF 1:14.8233 0:01.4630
14 Mad Croc Energy Robert Cregan Ford Falcon BF 1:14.8657 0:01.5054
15 Go Karts Go Drew Russell Ford Falcon BF 1:14.9172 0:01.5569
16 Wilson Security Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VE 1:14.9176 0:01.5573
17 Simpro Software/Master Elect. Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon BF 1:14.9472 0:01.5869
18 Go Karts Go Aaren Russell Ford Falcon BF 1:14.9832 0:01.6229
19 Flexi Staff Todd Fiore Ford Falcon BF 1:15.0482 0:01.6879
20 Team Tom Supporters Club Tom Tweedie Ford Falcon BF 1:15.5972 0:02.2369
21 Tricor/EarthEx/Drill Pro Srvs James Brock Holden Commodore VE 1:15.8754 0:02.5151
22 / AFS Tony Bates Holden Commodore VE 1:16.1560 0:02.7957
23 City of Townsville/Bisley Colin Sieders Ford Falcon BF 1:16.4459 0:03.0856
24 NCSS Aaron McGill Ford Falcon BF 1:17.5534 0:04.1931
25 Formula Tech/Interquip Racing Brett Stewart Holden Commodore VE 1:18.3859 0:05.0256
26 Eggleston Motorsport Lindsay Yelland Holden Commodore VZ 1:20.8954 0:07.5351
27 Flexi Hire Racing Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VE
EXC Eggleston Motorsport Cameron McConville Holden Commodore VE

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