Whincup takes Race 22 pole and cash bonus
Jamie Whincup has taken pole position for Race 22 of the V8 Supercars Championship on the Gold Coast.
The TeamVodafone driver will collect a total of $20,000 from pole position and event sponsor Armor All courtesy of topping both today’s qualifying session and yesterday’s Top 10 Shootout.
Having had his penultimate lap deleted for kerb hopping, Whincup set the 1:10.96s pole time after the chequered flag fell, eclipsing Garth Tander’s previous benchmark by 0.04s.
With co-driver Sebastien Bourdais again set to start the 300km race, Whincup emphasised the extra incentive to jump from fifth to first on his final lap.
“That’s one of the best sessions of the year to go out there through the concrete canyon,” said Whincup.
“We had a good car and I feel that I extracted the most out of it.
“All I was thinking about is that I didn’t want Seb back in fifth position, I wanted him up the front to start the race.”
Tander had topped the sheets for the majority of the session, twice improving his time during the final 15 minutes before failing to improve by just 0.05s on his final run.
Mark Winterbottom ended the session third, despite shooting briefly ahead of Tander with three minutes to run, while team-mate Will Davison was forced to settle for fourth when he overshot the first chicane on his last attempt.
Craig Lowndes, Steve Owen, Greg Murphy, Lee Holdsworth, James Moffat and David Reynolds rounded out the top 10.
Kerb hopping was again the talk of the session, with the troublesome Turn 2 bollard lasting less than 15 minutes. V8 Supercars and key team personnel will holding a meeting after the session in order to discuss the on-going issue.
Race 22 of the V8 Supercars Championship will get underway at 1340 local time.
See below for the full session result
|1||TeamVodafone||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VE2||1:10.9615|
|2||Toll Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VE2||1:11.0039||0:00.0424|
|3||Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG||1:11.1308||0:00.1693|
|4||Trading Post FPR Falcon||Will Davison||Ford Falcon FG||1:11.2799||0:00.3184|
|5||TeamVodafone||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VE2||1:11.2923||0:00.3308|
|6||VIP Petfoods||Steve Owen||Holden Commodore VE2||1:11.3174||0:00.3559|
|7||Pepsi Max Crew||Greg Murphy||Holden Commodore VE2||1:11.3727||0:00.4112|
|8||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore VE2||1:11.3868||0:00.4253|
|9||Jim Beam Racing||James Moffat||Ford Falcon FG||1:11.4355||0:00.4740|
|10||Stratco Racing||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore VE2||1:11.4640||0:00.5025|
|11||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Michael Caruso||Holden Commodore VE2||1:11.4956||0:00.5341|
|12||Irwin Racing||Alex Davison||Ford Falcon FG||1:11.5216||0:00.5601|
|13||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Paul Dumbrell||Ford Falcon FG||1:11.5628||0:00.6013|
|14||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Holden Commodore VE2||1:11.5643||0:00.6028|
|15||Bundaberg Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VE2||1:11.5780||0:00.6165|
|16||Supercheap Auto Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VE2||1:11.6121||0:00.6506|
|17||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Holden Commodore VE2||1:11.6213||0:00.6598|
|18||SP Tools Racing||Shane Van Gisbergen||Ford Falcon FG||1:11.6561||0:00.6946|
|19||Mother Energy Racing Team||Jonathon Webb||Ford Falcon FG||1:11.6963||0:00.7348|
|20||Wilson Security Racing||Tony D’Alberto||Ford Falcon FG||1:11.7003||0:00.7388|
|21||Jim Beam Racing||Steven Johnson||Ford Falcon FG||1:11.7592||0:00.7977|
|22||Lucky 7 Racing||Tim Slade||Ford Falcon FG||1:11.8357||0:00.8742|
|23||Toll Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VE2||1:11.8466||0:00.8851|
|24||Jana Living Racing||Jason Bargwanna||Holden Commodore VE2||1:11.9921||0:01.0306|
|25||Team Boc||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VE2||1:12.1766||0:01.2151|
|26||Westrac Racing||Dean Fiore||Ford Falcon FG||1:12.3196||0:01.3581|
|27||Gulf Western Oil Racing||Warren Luff||Holden Commodore VE2||1:12.4946||0:01.5331|
|28||Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing||Karl Reindler||Holden Commodore VE2||1:12.6402||0:01.6787|
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