Van Gisbergen and Winterbottom stage front-row repeat for Race 2
Shane van Gisbergen and Mark Winterbottom will share the front-row of the grid for the second consecutive day at the Clipsal 500 after another tight qualifying session.
The Kiwi set the fastest lap of the weekend so far to move to the top on his final lap, stopping the clocks at 1:20.71s just seconds before the chequered flag fell.
Mark Winterbottom missed usurping the Tekno Holden by just 0.11s after the flag having momentarily held P1 before Van Gisbergen’s effort.
Jamie Whincup lost the first lap of his final set of tyres to the Turn 2 kerb sensor but was good enough for third regardless.
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Will Davison completes the second row in fourth ahead of Fabian Coulthard, who led the way for much of the session but had his final run destroyed by contact with Garth Tander at the Turn 14 hairpin.
Alexandre Premat, Scott McLaughlin, Craig Lowndes, Russell Ingall and James Courtney round out the top 10, while Tander ended up 14th.
The Holden and Ford runners again dominated the top of the order, with Rick Kelly’s Nissan the fastest of the new marques in 16th.
It was another tough session for the underpowered Mercedes entries, which fill three of the bottom four places.
Maro Engel’s run was hampered by a continuation of the throttle problems that struck the #9 SP Tools E63 in Race 1.
Van Gisbergen’s pole position is the third of his career, leaving the 24-year-old hoping to improve on his Saturday effort, where he attempted to start the race in neutral.
“All I’ve got to do is remember to put it in gear at the start and we’ll be ok,” he smiled after the session.
“We had a good race car yesterday but had a gearbox problem. Hopefully we’ll be in the top five all day, I’ll be stoked with that.”
Coulthard, meanwhile, was philosophical after speaking to Tander post-session.
“It was a bit line-ball,” he said of the incident. “I thought my headlights were on and Garth said they weren’t.
“It’s disappointing to see a pole position slip away, but we’ve got a good race car and 250kms is a long race.”
Race 2 of the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship will kick-off at 1435 local time.
See below for the full qualifying result
|1||TEKNO Team VIP||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.7148|
|2||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG||1:20.8233||0:00.1085|
|3||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.8553||0:00.1405|
|4||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||Will Davison||Ford Falcon FG||1:20.9329||0:00.2181|
|5||Lockwood Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.9338||0:00.2190|
|6||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Alexandre Premat||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.1051||0:00.3903|
|7||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.1071||0:00.3923|
|8||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.1406||0:00.4258|
|9||Supercheap Auto Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.1900||0:00.4752|
|10||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.3450||0:00.6302|
|11||Team HIFLEX||Tony D’Alberto||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.4110||0:00.6962|
|12||Jeld-wen FPR Ford||Alex Davison||Ford Falcon FG||1:21.4325||0:00.7177|
|13||The Bottle-O FPR Ford||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG||1:21.4386||0:00.7238|
|14||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.4568||0:00.7420|
|15||ekol Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.5321||0:00.8173|
|16||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:21.5378||0:00.8230|
|17||Dodo Insurance Racing||Dean Fiore||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.5578||0:00.8430|
|18||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.5747||0:00.8599|
|19||Norton 360 Racing||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||1:21.7091||0:00.9943|
|20||Tekno Autosports||Jonathon Webb||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.7143||0:00.9995|
|21||Advam||Tim Blanchard||Ford Falcon FG||1:21.9685||0:01.2537|
|22||Wilson Security Racing||David Wall||Holden Commodore VF||1:22.1783||0:01.4635|
|23||Norton 360 Racing||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||1:22.2016||0:01.4868|
|24||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:22.2814||0:01.5666|
|25||Heavy Haulage Racing||Tim Slade||Mercedes E63 AMG||1:22.3014||0:01.5866|
|26||Wilson Security Racing||Jonny Reid||Ford Falcon FG||1:22.3925||0:01.6777|
|27||Irwin Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Mercedes E63 AMG||1:22.3968||0:01.6820|
|28||SP Tools Racing||Maro Engel||Mercedes E63 AMG||1:23.3731||0:02.6583|