Reid who was called into drive the car normally piloted by Newcastle mining magnate Nathan Tinkler, leapt up the leaderboard on his second set of tyres to grab the top spot from Craig Baird (Jet Travel Insurance), Steven Richards (Laser Plumbing & Electrical) and series leader Alex Davison (Roma Caravans).
“This is great for the boys at Hunter Motorsports and Nathan Tinkler who have given me a great opportunity this weekend and scoring pole is the perfect way to start that relationship,” said Reid.
“The first set of tyres I wasn’t happy. Made some small changes and the car responded and really was a pleasure to drive to set that time.
“It wasn’t by all means a perfect lap, but there’s some areas I can improve – plus a couple of little improvements to the car for the race.
“Missing Adelaide makes it tough for the championship. But I will focus on this weekend and ideally a good result will provide further opportunities for the year.”
V8 legend Mark Skaife set the seventh fastest time in the L’Oreal Men Expert Porsche with former F1 ace Heinz-Harald Frentzen one spot further back.
The first Porsche City Index Carrera Cup race will be a twilight event on Friday evening from 6.20pm
See below for the full qualifying result
|1||Hunter Sports Group||Jonny Reid||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup||1:58.7141|
|2||Jet Travel Insurance||Craig Baird (NZ)||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup||1:58.9570||0:00.2429|
|3||Laser Plumbing & Electrical||Steven Richards (VIC)||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup||1:59.0318||0:00.3177|
|4||Roma Caravans||Alex Davison (QLD)||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup||1:59.0624||0:00.3483|
|5||Skye Sands/Wilson Security||Daniel Gaunt (NZ)||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup||1:59.3703||0:00.6562|
|6||Lease Express||James Davison||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup||1:59.4354||0:00.7213|
|7||L’Oreal Men Expert||Mark Skaife||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup||1:59.6538||0:00.9397|
|8||Flo Rida/Jet Travel||HeinzHarold Frentzen GER||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup||1:59.9379||0:01.2238|
|9||Money Choice||Nick Foster (QLD)||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup||2:00.0253||0:01.3112|
|10||Team Kiwi Racing||Andre Heimgartner (NZ)||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup||2:00.6482||0:01.9341|
|11||AEF||Max Twigg (VIC)||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup||2:01.0903||0:02.3762|
|12||Supabarn Supermarkets||James Koundouris (ACT)||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup||2:01.0925||0:02.3784|
|13||BRM/Team Tom||Tom Tweedie (NSW)||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup||2:01.2459||0:02.5318|
|14||Racing Incident||Peter Hill||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup||2:01.9070||0:03.1929|
|15||McGrath Estate Agents||Shane Smollen (NSW)||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup||2:02.1091||0:03.3950|
|16||FavourIt.com/AFS||Tony Bates (VIC)||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup||2:03.4281||0:04.7140|
|17||Tuya Silver/Depulu||Ray Angus||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup||2:03.7954||0:05.0813|
|18||Paul Kelly Motor Group||Paul Kelly (NZ)||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup||2:04.4869||0:05.7728|
|19||Hallmarc||Marc Cini (VIC)||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup||2:04.9422||0:06.2281|
|20||Hallmarc||Michael Loccisano (VIC)||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup||2:04.9752||0:06.2611|