Jonny Reid takes last lap pole at Manfeild

Jonny Reid at Manfeild

Jonny Reid at Manfeild

Jonny Reid has taken pole position for Round 3 of the 2012 V8 SuperTourers Series in a thrilling qualifying session at Manfeild Raceway.

The International Motorsport Ford driver set the fastest time of 1:11.44s after the chequered flag fell.

Paul Manuell will start second after an early pair of quick laps saw the Orix Commodore at the top of the order for almost 25 of the session’s 30 minutes.

Greg Murphy and Andy Knight will share the second row, with Kayne Scott, John McIntyre, Eddie Bell, Richard Moore, Steven Richards and Craig Baird rounding out the top 10.

The session had started in wet but sunny conditions following a morning of intermittent showers.

The field started on wet tyres, before Baird led the charge to slicks as the halfway mark approached.

The dry rubber proved a difficult proposition however, with a flurry of quick times not coming until the final five minutes.

Scott was the biggest improver in the closing stages, with the Peak Oil Holden having sat out the initial wet running before coming within 0.6s of the final pole time during its stint on the slicks.

The first of three races for the weekend is scheduled to kick-off at 15:30 local time.

The V8 SuperTourer field has been reduced to 14 cars this weekend following the withdrawal of the two Supercheap Auto Racing Commodores this morning.

CLICK HERE for Speedcafe.com’s earlier story on the team’s withdrawal

See below for the full session result

Pos Name Car Best time Diff
1 Jonny Reid Ford Falcon FG 1:11.438  
2 Paul Manuell Holden Commodore VE 1:11.737 0.299
3 Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE 1:11.866 0.428
4 Andy Knight Ford Falcon FG 1:12.001 0.563
5 Kayne Scott Holden Commodore VE 1:12.026 0.588
6 John McIntyre Ford Falcon FG 1:12.028 0.590
7 Eddie Bell Ford Falcon FG 1:12.140 0.702
8 Richard Moore Holden Commodore VE 1:12.157 0.719
9 Steven Richards Ford Falcon FG 1:12.232 0.794
10 Craig Baird Ford Falcon FG 1:12.344 0.906
11 Andy Booth Holden Commodore VE 1:12.347 0.909
12 Ant Pedersen Ford Falcon FG 1:12.927 1.489
13 Colin Corkery Ford Falcon FG 1:13.065 1.627
14 Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore VE 1:13.198 1.760
15 Geoff Emery Holden Commodore VE –:–:–.— –:–:–.—
16 Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VE –:–:–.— –:–:–.—

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