Whincup scores pole in dramatic Race 10 qualifying

Jamie Whincup

Jamie Whincup

Jamie Whincup will start Race 10 of the V8 Supercars Championship from pole position after a red flag-hit 20 minute qualifying session at Barbagallo.

The red flags were required to retrieve David Wall from the Turn 7 sand pit with just 2:23s on the clock after the Wilson Security Holden endured a wild ride while trying to avoid those warming up their tyres on the back straight.

The stoppage came just as the majority were setting up for their final green tyre run, ensuring a mad scramble after the resumption.

Alex Davison had moved to the top seconds before the stoppage, but was subsequently trumped by Whincup, Jason Bright, Fabian Coulthard and Craig Lowndes.


Whincup had been on the verge of being bumped from the top 20 prior to the red flags after completing just a single lap first ‘banker’.

Alex Davison did not go out after the restart and ended up fifth ahead of Mark Winterbottom, Alexandre Premat, Will Davison, Maro Engel and Chaz Mostert.

Will Davison’s session was hampered by a mistake on his first set of tyres, with the #6 team subsequently electing to do an early second run. Davison had been third at the time of the Wall stoppage.

Engel’s performance marks the best effort by an Erebus Mercedes driver, while Mostert enjoys the honour of starting from the top 10 on debut in the championship.

The first leg of Race 10 of the championship will get underway at 1345 local time.

See below for the full qualifying result

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 0:55.3985
2 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 0:55.4804 0:00.0819
3 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 0:55.5115 0:00.1130
4 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 0:55.5167 0:00.1182
5 Jeld-wen FPR Ford Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 0:55.5373 0:00.1388
6 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 0:55.5417 0:00.1432
7 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VF 0:55.7298 0:00.3313
8 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 0:55.8044 0:00.4059
9 SP Tools Racing Maro Engel Mercedes E63 AMG 0:55.8572 0:00.4587
10 Wilson Security Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 0:55.8763 0:00.4778
11 TEKNO Team VIP Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 0:55.8960 0:00.4975
12 Fujitsu Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VF 0:55.9247 0:00.5262
13 Norton 360 Racing James Moffat Nissan Altima 0:55.9253 0:00.5268
14 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 0:55.9287 0:00.5302
15 The Bottle-O FPR Ford David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 0:55.9360 0:00.5375
16 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 0:55.9821 0:00.5836
17 Team HIFLEX Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF 0:55.9850 0:00.5865
18 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VF 0:55.9862 0:00.5877
19 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 0:56.0480 0:00.6495
20 HHA Racing Tim Slade Mercedes E63 AMG 0:56.1154 0:00.7169
21 Dodo Insurance Racing Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VF 0:56.1249 0:00.7264
22 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 0:56.1317 0:00.7332
23 ekol Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 0:56.2120 0:00.8135
24 Norton 360 Racing Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 0:56.2245 0:00.8260
25 Wilson Security Racing Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon FG 0:56.2797 0:00.8812
26 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 0:56.2876 0:00.8891
27 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 0:56.2931 0:00.8946
28 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VF 0:56.3151 0:00.9166


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