Lowndes continues practice form with pole

Saturday 20th August, 2011 - 12:20pm


Craig Lowndes at Turn 3

Craig Lowndes at Turn 3

Craig Lowndes has taken pole position for Race 16 of the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship at Queensland Raceway.

Lowndes’s 1:09.80s pole time was set on the TeamVodafone driver’s first run of hot laps, proving unbeatable for the remainder of the session.

Tim Slade was the only driver among the leading pack to improve in the  closing stages, moving from third to second, just 0.03s off pole.

Rick Kelly will start third, ahead of Jamie Whincup and an outstanding Karl Reindler.

Lee Holdsworth, Jason Bright, Steve Owen, Paul Dumbrell and David Reynolds round out the top 10.

Jonathon Webb was 11th in his Mother Energy Drinks Ford, despite spinning at Turn 3 early in the session.

It was a shocking 20 minutes for the Toll Holden Racing Team. Garth Tander and James Courtney will line-up 20th and 21st respectively, while Walkinshaw Racing’s third car, driven by Fabian Coulthard, was 23rd.

Listen to Lowndes’s post-session comments below
Craig Lowndes pole QR Saturday 2011 by speedcafe

See below for the full qualifying result

1 TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE2 1:09.8034  
2 Lucky 7 Racing Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 1:09.8287 0:00.0253
3 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.0666 0:00.2632
4 TeamVodafone Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.1144 0:00.3110
5 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.1268 0:00.3234
6 Fujitsu Racing GRM Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.1489 0:00.3455
7 Team Boc Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.1559 0:00.3525
8 VIP Petfoods Steve Owen Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.1610 0:00.3576
9 The Bottle-O Racing Team Paul Dumbrell Ford Falcon FG 1:10.1611 0:00.3577
10 Stratco Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.1749 0:00.3715
11 Mother Energy Racing Team Jonathon Webb Ford Falcon FG 1:10.2623 0:00.4589
12 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 1:10.2660 0:00.4626
13 Jim Beam Racing Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 1:10.2696 0:00.4662
14 Trading Post FPR Falcon Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:10.2767 0:00.4733
15 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.2817 0:00.4783
16 SP Tools Racing Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 1:10.2856 0:00.4822
17 Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.2999 0:00.4965
18 Irwin Racing Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:10.3092 0:00.5058
19 Fujitsu Racing GRM Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.4007 0:00.5973
20 Toll Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.4082 0:00.6048
21 Toll Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.4263 0:00.6229
22 Jim Beam Racing James Moffat Ford Falcon FG 1:10.4534 0:00.6500
23 Bundaberg Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.4672 0:00.6638
24 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.5207 0:00.7173
25 Triple F Racing Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 1:10.6151 0:00.8117
26 Jana Living Racing Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE2 1:10.7114 0:00.9080
27 Wilson Security Racing Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG 1:10.7840 0:00.9806
28 Gulf Western Oil Racing Warren Luff Holden Commodore VE2 1:11.0052 0:01.2018

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