Thompson tops wild Fujitsu V8 qualifying

Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson has snatched pole position from Jack Perkins in a wild Fujitsu V8 Supercars Series qualifying session at Mount Panorama.

Thompson, who failed to set a representative time during the opening half of the session after running down the Hell Corner escape road on his first flyer, jumped to the top of the sheets after the chequered flag fell – his 2:09.85s undercutting Perkins by less than a tenth of a second.

The Sonic Motor Racing Services driver held on for second, while David Russell, Nick Percat, Paul Morris, Rodney Jane, Tim Blanchard, Daniel Jilesen, Scott McLaughlin and yesterday’s pace-setter Chaz Mostert rounded out the top 10.

Ash Walsh and Drew Russell both brought out red flags during the scheduled 30 minutes, with the two drivers emerging unscathed after making heavy contact with the walls in separate incidents at the top of the Mountain.

Less than five minutes of the session had elapsed before Walsh’s Falcon failed to negotiate the right-hander at Reid Park, while Russell slid wide of the racing line across ‘the grate’ at Sulman Park some 10 minutes later – clobbering the outside wall.

Russell’s red flag resulted in less than 10 minutes of green flag running at the end of the session, with Perkins (2:10.07s) knocking Russell (2:10.96s) from the top of the sheets upon the resumption of play.

Perkins then went faster again (2:09.95s) on his next lap, before failing to improve further on his final attempt.

Percat’s session got off to an exciting start, with the Coates Hire Commodore’s driver’s side window popping out heading into The Chase on his out-lap, before the youngster narrowly held onto a major slide through McPhillamy Park on his first flyer.

Track conditions continued to improve following early morning ran, with the entire qualifying session run on slick tyres.

Race 1 for the Fujitsu V8 Supercars Series will take place at 13:20 local time.

See below for the full qualifying result

1 Triple Eight Race Engineering Andrew Thompson Holden Commodore VE 2:09.8488
2 Supercheap / Bob Jane T Marts Jack Perkins Ford Falcon BF 2:09.9477  0:00.0989
3 Team Jayco David Russell Ford Falcon BF 2:10.0746  0:00.2258
4 Coates Hire Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VE 2:10.1695  0:00.3207
5 Sargent Security Racing Paul Morris Holden Commodore VE 2:11.1184  0:01.2696
6 Bob Jane T-Marts Rodney Jane Ford Falcon FG 2:11.2904  0:01.4416
7 Team Jayco Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon BF 2:11.4366  0:01.5878
8 R&J Batteries/EarthEx/KingGee Daniel Jilesen Holden Commodore VE 2:11.9254  0:02.0766
9 Fujitsu Scott McLaughlin Ford Falcon BF 2:12.1522  0:02.3034
10 Simpro Software/Master Elect. Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon BF 2:12.3432  0:02.4944
11 Wilson Security Team McGrath David Wall Holden Commodore VE 2:12.4504  0:02.6016
12 Fastaz Motorsport Taz Douglas Holden Commodore VZ 2:13.2511  0:03.4023
13 Midway Concrete&Garden Supply Marcus Zukanovic Holden Commodore VE 2:13.4894  0:03.6406
14 ACDelco/Simworx/NDD Geoff Emery Holden Commodore VE 2:13.7800  0:03.9312
15 Mad Croc Energy Robert Cregan Ford Falcon BF 2:14.0476  0:04.1988
16 GARMIN Tom Tweedie Ford Falcon BF 2:14.5230  0:04.6742
17 Drill Pro Services/EarthEx James Brock Holden Commodore VE 2:14.7832  0:04.9344
18 CEG Rentals/Go Karts Go Aaren Russell Ford Falcon BF 2:15.0960  0:05.2472
19 Warrin Mining Volvo Const Eq. Adam Wallis Holden Commodore VE 2:15.9174  0:06.0686
20 / AFS Tony Bates Holden Commodore VE 2:16.1716  0:06.3228
21 SOLO / NCSS Aaron McGill Ford Falcon BF 2:16.7024  0:06.8536
22 Freestones Roadhaven Paul Freestone Ford Falcon BF 2:17.1881  0:07.3393
23 Bisley Workwear Colin Sieders Ford Falcon BF 2:17.5007  0:07.6519
24 Flexi Staff Todd Fiore Ford Falcon BF 2:17.6124  0:07.7636
25 Formula Tech/Interquip Racing Brett Stewart Holden Commodore VE 2:20.4673  0:10.6185
26 Voight Constructing Steve Voight Holden Commodore VE 2:28.4500  0:18.6012
27 Carrington Eq/Go Karts Go Drew Russell Ford Falcon BF *:**.****  8:16.1125
Simpro Software/Master Elect. Ashley Walsh Ford Falcon BF


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