Lowndes on track for Ipswich clean sweep
Craig Lowndes is on track to clean sweep the Coates Hire Ipswich 300 event after taking pole position for Race 18.
The TeamVodafone driver, who topped Friday practice, yesterday’s qualifying session and both races, will start alongside team-mate Jamie Whincup.
Unlike yesterday, Lowndes did not set the immediate benchmark in the 20 minute session, but was one of the first cars on track for his second run, putting himself at the top of the table with a 1:09.73s effort.
The five-time Bathurst winner improved during his third and final run, clocking 1:09.57s with less than two minutes remaining.
Whincup fell just 0.15s short of his team-mate’s time moments later, while Tim Slade also improved in the final seconds to take third.
Jason Bright was one of the first to set off for his last effort and ended up fourth, while Shane van Gisbergen had set the early pace but could do no better than fifth.
David Reynolds, Steven Johnson, Fabian Coulthard, Russell Ingall, and Will Davison rounded out the top 10.
It was another tough session for Ford and Holden’s factory entries, with Garth Tander 19th, Mark Winterbottom 20th and James Courtney 22nd.
The entire field was separated by less than one second.
Race 18 will get underway at 3:05pm local time.
See below for the full result
|1||TeamVodafone||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VE2||1:09.5725|
|2||TeamVodafone||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VE2||1:09.7248||0:00.1523|
|3||Lucky 7 Racing||Tim Slade||Ford Falcon FG||1:09.7612||0:00.1887|
|4||Team Boc||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VE2||1:09.8593||0:00.2868|
|5||SP Tools Racing||Shane Van Gisbergen||Ford Falcon FG||1:09.8689||0:00.2964|
|6||Stratco Racing||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore VE2||1:09.9302||0:00.3577|
|7||Jim Beam Racing||Steven Johnson||Ford Falcon FG||1:09.9486||0:00.3761|
|8||Bundaberg Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VE2||1:10.0030||0:00.4305|
|9||Supercheap Auto Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VE2||1:10.0108||0:00.4383|
|10||Trading Post FPR||Will Davison||Ford Falcon FG||1:10.0328||0:00.4603|
|11||Jim Beam Racing||James Moffat||Ford Falcon FG||1:10.0732||0:00.5007|
|12||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Holden Commodore VE2||1:10.1047||0:00.5322|
|13||Mother Energy Racing||Jonathon Webb||Ford Falcon FG||1:10.1287||0:00.5562|
|14||VIP Petfoods||Steve Owen||Holden Commodore VE2||1:10.1638||0:00.5913|
|15||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Michael Caruso||Holden Commodore VE2||1:10.1831||0:00.6106|
|16||Irwin Racing||Alex Davison||Ford Falcon FG||1:10.1894||0:00.6169|
|17||Jana Living Racing||Jason Bargwanna||Holden Commodore VE2||1:10.2325||0:00.6600|
|18||Triple F Racing||Dean Fiore||Ford Falcon FG||1:10.2648||0:00.6923|
|19||Toll Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VE2||1:10.2726||0:00.7001|
|20||Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG||1:10.2986||0:00.7261|
|21||Pepsi Max Crew||Greg Murphy||Holden Commodore VE2||1:10.3013||0:00.7288|
|22||Toll Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VE2||1:10.3481||0:00.7756|
|23||Wilson Security Racing||Tony D’Alberto||Ford Falcon FG||1:10.3520||0:00.7795|
|24||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore VE2||1:10.3552||0:00.7827|
|25||The Bottle-O Racing||Paul Dumbrell||Ford Falcon FG||1:10.4006||0:00.8281|
|26||Fair Dinkum Sheds||Karl Reindler||Holden Commodore VE2||1:10.4099||0:00.8374|
|27||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Holden Commodore VE2||1:10.4197||0:00.8472|
|28||Gulf Western Oil Racing||Warren Luff||Holden Commodore VE2||1:10.4985||0:00.9260|