Whincup scores provisional Townsville pole

Saturday 9th July, 2011 - 11:27am


TeamVodafone's Jamie Whincup

TeamVodafone's Jamie Whincup

Jamie Whincup will be the last man out in this afternoon’s Top 10 Shootout in Townsville after topping Race 14 qualifying.

The frantic 20 minute qualifying session saw the TeamVodafone driver’s best of 1:12.93s emerge 0.12s clear of the Toll HRT’s Garth Tander, who was one of the few drivers to improve on his last set of tyres in the final five minutes.

Mark Winterbottom (Orrcon Steel FPR) was third having run wide at Turn 3 on his last effort while scything his way through traffic.

Rick Kelly (Jack Daniel’s Racing) was fourth, ahead of Craig Lowndes (TeamVodafone), Will Davison (Trading Post FPR), Steven Johnson (Jim Beam Racing), David Reynolds (Stratco Racing), Lee Holdsworth (Fujitsu Racing) and Steve Owen (VIP Petfoods Racing).

Owen spun early in the session while negotiating the final complex of corners, before pipping Fabian Coulthard (Bundaberg Racing) for the final shootout slot as the chequered flag fell.

James Courtney’s qualifying woes continued – the Toll HRT star struggling with rear grip on his way to 19th fastest.

The Stone Brothers Racing entries will also start down the field, with Tim Slade (Lucky 7) 20th, Shane van Gisbergen (SP Tools ) 22nd and Alex Davison (IRWIN Tools) 26th.

The top 10 shootout gets underway at 12:15 local time.

See below for the full qualifying result

1 TeamVodafone Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2 1:12.9282*  
2 Toll Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2 1:13.0529 0:00.1247
3 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 1:13.0832 0:00.1550
4 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 1:13.1045 0:00.1763
5 TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE2 1:13.1363 0:00.2081
6 Trading Post FPR Falcon Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:13.1923 0:00.2641
7 Jim Beam Racing Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 1:13.1923 0:00.2641
8 Stratco Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore VE2 1:13.2031 0:00.2749
9 Fujitsu Racing GRM Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE2 1:13.2717 0:00.3435
10 VIP Petfoods Steve Owen Holden Commodore VE2 1:13.2768 0:00.3486
11 Bundaberg Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE2 1:13.2894 0:00.3612
12 Mother Energy Racing Team Jonathon Webb Ford Falcon FG 1:13.3499 0:00.4217
13 Jana Living Racing Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE2 1:13.3515 0:00.4233
14 Fujitsu Racing GRM Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2 1:13.3909 0:00.4627
15 The Bottle-O Racing Team Paul Dumbrell Ford Falcon FG 1:13.4877 0:00.5595
16 Jim Beam Racing James Moffat Ford Falcon FG 1:13.4892 0:00.5610
17 Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2 1:13.5025 0:00.5743
18 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE2 1:13.5053 0:00.5771
19 Toll Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VE2 1:13.5119 0:00.5837
20 Lucky 7 Racing Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 1:13.5184 0:00.5902
21 Team Boc Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2 1:13.5220 0:00.5938
22 SP Tools Racing Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 1:13.5295 0:00.6013
23 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 1:13.5611 0:00.6329
24 Wilson Security Racing Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG 1:13.6126 0:00.6844
25 R and T Pumps Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 1:13.7110 0:00.7828
26 Irwin Racing Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:13.7794 0:00.8512
27 Gulf Western Oil Racing Warren Luff Holden Commodore VE2 1:13.9782 0:01.0500
28 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE2 1:14.1916 0:01.2634

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