Van Gisbergen and Winterbottom stage front-row repeat for Race 2

Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen

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.


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

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