Mostert, Percat set to square off on Winton front-row

Chaz Mostert will start Race 1 of the penultimate round from pole position

Chaz Mostert will start Race 1 of the penultimate round from pole position

Factory backed young guns Chaz Mostert and Nick Percat look set to carry on their intense Dunlop Series battle after taking the top two positions in qualifying at Winton.

Ford Performance Racing’s series leader Mostert recorded the three fastest laps of the session during his third and final run to end up 0.29s clear of his Walkinshaw Racing rival.

Percat, who used a new set of tyres to top practice yesterday, jumped to second on the grid with his 13th and last qualifying lap.

Scott Pye set the early benchmark in his Triple Eight Holden but failed to improve on the second of just two runs, falling off the road at Turn 1 on his final attempt.

Luke Youlden enjoyed his first qualifying session in Matthew White Motorsport’s FG model Falcon, scoring a season best starting position of fourth despite joining Pye in failing to improve on his early fast time.

Andrew Jones and Scott McLaughlin will share the third row ahead of Ash Walsh, Elliot Barbour, Dale Wood and Rodney Jane.

The first of three Dunlop Series races for the weekend will get underway today at 1415 local time.

Result: Dunlop Series Qualifying, Winton Motor Raceway

1 Ford Performance Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 1:23.9808
2 Coates Hire Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VE2 1:24.2699 0:00.2891
3 Triple Eight Race Engineering Scott Pye Holden Commodore VE 1:24.2924 0:00.3116
4 MW Motorsport Luke Youlden Ford Falcon FG 1:24.3785 0:00.3977
5 Frauenfelder Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VE 1:24.5440 0:00.5632
6 Fujitsu Racing Scott McLaughlin Ford Falcon FG 1:24.5514 0:00.5706
7 Simpro Racing Ashley Walsh Ford Falcon FG 1:24.7382 0:00.7574
8 MW Motorsport Elliot Barbour Ford Falcon BF 1:24.8011 0:00.8203
9 GB Galvanizing/Wilson Tech Dale Wood Holden Commodore VE 1:24.8371 0:00.8563
10 Bob Jane T-Marts Rodney Jane Ford Falcon FG 1:25.0766 0:01.0958
11 R&J Batteries/EarthEx Logistic Geoff Emery Holden Commodore VE 1:25.0796 0:01.0988
12 Bob Jane T-Marts/Sitech/Sonic George Miedecke Ford Falcon BF 1:25.0799 0:01.0991
13 Wolfchester / Bahco Glen Wood Holden Commodore VE2 1:25.2386 0:01.2578
14 GSS Mining Rentals Marcus Zukanovic Holden Commodore VE 1:25.6120 0:01.6312
15 Go Karts Go Drew Russell Ford Falcon BF 1:25.8910 0:01.9102
16 Go Karts Go Aaren Russell Ford Falcon BF 1:26.1567 0:02.1759
17 Warrin Mining/Volvo Const Equi Adam Wallis Holden Commodore VE 1:26.8348 0:02.8540
18 Formula Tech/Interquip Racing Brett Stewart Holden Commodore VE 1:27.4890 0:03.5082
19 Carrington Equipment Group Michael Hector Ford Falcon BF 1:27.8652 0:03.8844
20 Pacific Hoists Nandi Kiss Holden Commodore VE 1:28.6249 0:04.6441

See below for Speedcafe.com’s Winton Race Guide

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