Jason Bright secures pole for Race 9 at Pukekohe
Veteran V8 Supercars driver Jason Bright produced a banzai lap to claim the pole for Race 9 at Pukekohe Park.
In the dying minutes of the 15-minute session Bright responded under enormous pressure and was able to record a 1:02.6524s lap around the 11-turn 2.9km circuit.
Jamie Whincup set the foundation for a second successive pole by recording a 1:02.6858s lap however found himself upstaged by the BOC Commodore driver Bright who continued his charge after winning a heat at Symmons Plains last weekend.
Bright’s team-mate Fabian Coulthard claimed the third fastest time with Whincup in a BJR sandwich.
Garth Tander and James Courtney are next in fourth and fifth with Mark Winterbottom and Scott McLaughlin sixth and seventh.
V8 SUPERCARS: Qualifying Race 9 – Pukekohe
|1||Jason Bright||Team BOC||1:02.6524|
|2||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing Australia||+0.0334|
|3||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing||+0.1208|
|4||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team||+0.1485|
|5||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team||+0.2439|
|6||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||+0.2442|
|7||Scott McLaughlin||Fujitsu Racing GRM||+0.3009|
|8||Alex Davison||Jeld-wen FPR Ford||+0.3329|
|9||Will Davison||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||+0.3452|
|10||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing Australia||+0.3485|
|11||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto Racing||+0.3868|
|12||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O FPR Ford||+0.4198|
|13||Shane van Gisbergen||TEKNO Team VIP||+0.4746|
|14||James Moffat||Norton 360 Racing||+0.5983|
|15||Dean Fiore||Dodo Insurance Racing||+0.6225|
|16||Alexandre Premat||Fujitsu Racing GRM||+0.6264|
|17||Michael Caruso||Norton 360 Racing||+0.6422|
|18||Tony D’Alberto||Team HIFLEX||+0.6695|
|19||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||+0.6895|
|20||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing||+0.6961|
|21||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing||+0.7990|
|22||Lee Holdsworth||IRWIN Racing||+0.8093|
|23||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing||+0.8123|
|24||Tim Blanchard||Wilson Security Racing||+0.8165|
|25||Tim Slade||Heavy Haulage Australia Racing||+1.0621|
|26||Maro Engel||SP Tools Racing||+1.0693|
|27||Jonny Reid||Wilson Security Racing||+1.1502|