Winterbottom wins ‘drop zone’ V8 Qualifying Race

Mark Winterbottom

Mark Winterbottom

Mark Winterbottom has survived the ‘drop zone’ format to win this morning’s qualifying race for the MSS Security V8 Supercars Challenge at Albert Park.

Winterbottom took the lead from a fast-starting Shane van Gisbergen halfway around the opening lap, and was not headed for the duration.

Jamie Whincup also made quick work of Van Gisbergen and eventually finished just 0.45s adrift of Winterbottom in second place.

Van Gisbergen, Will Davison, David Reynolds, Craig Lowndes, Rick Kelly, Garth Tander, Tony D’Alberto and Todd Kelly rounded out the top 10.

Tander had run third for much of the race before running wide at Turn 15 and losing five places.

The Safety Car had been called on just the second lap when contact between Steve Owen and Michael Patrizi at the exit of Turn 10 spun the Etihad Commodore into the path of Jason Bright.

While Owen was able to continue, the incident left the two Holdens stranded on the circuit with major damage – ensuring Patrizi, Bright and 26th placed runner David Wall would be the first three cars eliminated under the ‘drop zone’ format.

According to the offical timing, Wall, Jonathon Webb, James Moffat and Fabian Coulthard had been the only four drivers to start the race on the hard compound tyres.

While Webb and Moffat found themselves in the second drop out group on Lap 4, Coulthard was able to remain on the circuit until the end of Lap 6, and will start this afternoon’s Race 2 from 18th position.

The long Safety Car for the Patrizi/Bright incident eventually saw the race reach its maximum time cut-off two laps short of the scheduled distance.

The lack of time ensured that Race Control did not deploy a ‘competition’ Safety Car after Lap 9.

The V8 Supercars will return to the Albert Park circuit for Race 2 at 1420.

See below for the full qualifying race result

1 Orrcon Steel FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 11 28:23.6468
2 TeamVodafone Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2 11 28:24.0967
3 SP Tools Racing Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 11 28:27.5085
4 Trading Post FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 11 28:28.3417
5 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 11 28:29.8571
6 TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE2 11 28:30.2446
7 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 11 28:32.9743
8 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2 11 28:33.2731
9 Tony D’Alberto Racing Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG 11 28:34.7413
10 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 11 28:35.1381
11 Fujitsu Racing GRM Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2  8 22:38.9487
12 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Falcon FG  8 22:39.5060
13 Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2  8 22:40.3628
14 Lucky 7 Racing Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG  7 20:41.9052
15 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VE2  7 20:44.5098
16 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VE2  7 20:46.7417
17 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE2  6 18:44.8369
18 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE2  6 18:45.2528
19 Jim Beam Racing Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG  6 18:45.5564
20 V.I.P. Petfoods Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG  5 16:46.8924
21 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE2  5 16:47.0411
22 Team iSelect Taz Douglas Holden Commodore VE2  5 16:47.2416
23 Jim Beam Racing Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG  4 13:53.5366
24 Team Norton DJR James Moffat Ford Falcon FG  4 13:54.5482
25 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VE2  4 13:56.9255
26 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VE2  3  9:07.0262
DNF Tekno Autosports Michael Patrizi Holden Commodore VE2  1  2:12.5962
DNF Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2  1  2:12.8358

See below for’s Australian Grand Prix Race Guide

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