Owen scores pole in Dunlop Series return

Steve Owen on his way to pole position

Steve Owen on his way to pole position

Steve Owen has made an ominous return to the Dunlop Series by taking pole ahead of his first start for MW Motorsport.

The two-time series winner, who has replaced Chaz Mostert in the #99 Sherrin Ford, proved just 0.08s quicker than Matt Stone Racing Ford driver Ash Walsh.

Owen and Walsh set their best times with 10 minutes of the half hour session remaining, knocking previous fast-man Kristian Lindbom to third.

Dale Wood was also able to edge Lindbom prior to a red flag period that set-up a sharp 1:40s final period of green flag running.

Lindbom was the only one of the top runners to return to the circuit for the restart, but failed to improve.

He will start sixth, behind Taz Douglas and Cameron Waters, thanks to a two-place grid penalty for careless driving in practice on Friday.

Filling seventh through 10th on the grid will be Daniel Gaunt, Paul Morris, Chris Pither and Casey Stoner.

The former motorcycle ace was the biggest improver during the dying seconds, jumping nine places.

The red flags flew after contact between Aaron McGill and Geoff Emery on the back straight flattened the right-rear tyre on the former’s Holden, pitching him into the Turn 7 sand trap.

A lengthy 10 minute stoppage had occurred early in the session to recover the cars of Aaren Russell from Turn 4 and Josh Hunter from Turn 7.

Russell had run through the Turn 7 sand trap on the previous lap and rejoined, while Hunter made a mistake on the same corner and clouted the fence.

Race 1 for the Dunlop Series will commence at 1250 local time.

See below for the full qualifying result

1 Sherrin Rentals MWM Steve Owen Ford Falson FG 0:56.8106  
2 Infants Friend Ashley Walsh Ford Falcon FG 0:56.8908 0:00.0802
3 GB Galvanizing/Wilson Sec. Dale Wood Ford Falcon FG 0:56.9020 0:00.0914
4 Ozstaff Racing Kristian Lindbom Ford Falcon FG 0:57.0012 0:00.1906
5 Arvo – Image Racing Taz Douglas Ford Falcon FG 0:57.1120 0:00.3014
6 Linde Material Handling Cameron Waters Holden Commodore VE2 0:57.1804 0:00.3698
7 Global Security Management Daniel Gaunt Holden Commodore VE2 0:57.1891 0:00.3785
8 Sargent Security Racing Paul Morris Holden Commodore VE2 0:57.3200 0:00.5094
9 Brad Jones Racing Chris Pither Holden Commodore VE2 0:57.3682 0:00.5576
10 Triple Eight Race Engineering Casey Stoner Holden Commodore VE2 0:57.3876 0:00.5770
11 Eggleston Motorsport Jack Perkins Holden Commodore VE 0:57.3982 0:00.5876
12 Rodney Jane Racing Gary Jacobson Ford Falcon FG 0:57.4110 0:00.6004
13 I Seek George Miedecke Ford Falcon FG 0:57.4361 0:00.6255
14 Advam Racing Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VE2 0:57.4590 0:00.6484
15 Finance Ezi Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Falcon FG 0:57.4804 0:00.6698
16 Tony D’Alberto Racing Nick McBride Ford Falcon FG 0:57.5180 0:00.7074
17 R&J Batteries/NDD Geoff Emery Holden Commodore VE2 0:57.5903 0:00.7797
18 Go Karts Go Drew Russell Ford Falcon FG 0:57.6835 0:00.8729
19 Rodney Jane Racing Rodney Jane Ford Falcon FG 0:57.6923 0:00.8817
20 Blackchrome Sports & Workwear Sam Walter Holden Commodore VE2 0:58.0532 0:01.2426
21 Miraflores Estate Harbour Morgan Haber Ford Falcon FG 0:58.0578 0:01.2472
22 Action Racing Marcus Zukanovic Holden Commodore VE 0:58.3291 0:01.5185
23 Gulf Western Oil Michael Hector Ford Falcon FG 0:58.7121 0:01.9015
24 Resi Aaron McGill Holden Commodore VE2 0:59.0193 0:02.2087
25 Poll Performance Jim Pollicina Holden Commodore VE 0:59.0724 0:02.2618
26 Formula Tech/Interquip Racing Brett Stewart Holden Commodore VE 0:59.1839 0:02.3733
27 Freightliner Aaron Tebb Holden Commodore VE2 0:59.1934 0:02.3828
28 Pacific Hoists & Hitachi Nandi Kiss Holden Commodore VE 0:59.2627 0:02.4521
29 Finance Ezi Racing Josh Hunter Ford Falocon FG 1:08.0131 0:11.2025
30 CEG Rentals Aaren Russell Ford Falcon FG    

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