Coulthard and Whincup share Saturday pole positions

The Lockwood Racing crew celebrate pole for Race 13

The Lockwood Racing crew celebrate pole for Race 13

Fabian Coulthard and Jamie Whincup will start from pole position in Races 13 and 14 respectively following back-to-back morning qualifying sessions at the Circuit of the Americas.

The Race 13 pole man changed four times in the final 60 seconds of the first 15 minute hit-out.

Whincup and team-mate Craig Lowndes traded the top spot back and forth before a 1:32.59s effort from Coulthard as the chequered flag fell proved the final marker.

Whincup will start second in Race 13 while Lowndes and an outstanding David Wall complete the second row.

Will Davison, Jonathon Webb, Mark Winterbottom, Garth Tander and Shane van Gisbergen filled fifth through ninth, with Rick Kelly scoring a first top 10 starting spot for a Nissan Altima with 10th.

The second session was all about Whincup, who moved to the top by a full second just prior to the halfway mark.

Lowndes drew within 0.26s of his stable-mate in the closing stages before Whincup enjoyed the luxury of being able to abandon his last lap knowing that pole was secured.

Coulthard sat just 25th in the order before jumping to third with 30 seconds remaining.

Shane van Gisbergen, Jonathon Webb, Rick Kelly, Will Davison, Alexandre Premat, Scott McLaughlin and James Moffat round out the Race 14 top 10.

It was a tough morning for Erebus Motorsport, with 22nd in the Race 13 session for Maro Engel the squad’s best starting position.

A fumbled set-up change kept Tim Slade from running any laps in the second hit-out. The HHA Mercedes had been just 26th in the earlier session.

Regular front-runner Jason Bright was arguably the biggest disappointment of the morning, however, managing just 21st and 18th for the two races.

See below for the full Race 13 qualifying result

1 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 1:32.5934R
2 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:32.7371r 0:00.1437
3 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:32.8524r 0:00.2590
4 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VF 1:33.0229 0:00.4295
5 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:33.1045 0:00.5111
6 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VF 1:33.2232 0:00.6298
7 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 1:33.2757 0:00.6823
8 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:33.3920 0:00.7986
9 TEKNO Team VIP Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:33.4124 0:00.8190
10 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:33.4769 0:00.8835
11 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VF 1:33.5534 0:00.9600
12 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 1:33.6122 0:01.0188
13 Team HIFLEX Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF 1:33.6742 0:01.0808
14 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:33.6799 0:01.0865
15 Fujitsu Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VF 1:33.7006 0:01.1072
16 Norton 360 Racing James Moffat Nissan Altima 1:33.7009 0:01.1075
17 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:33.7171 0:01.1237
18 Jeld-wen FPR Ford Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:33.8066 0:01.2132
19 The Bottle-O FPR Ford David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 1:33.8392 0:01.2458
20 Wilson Security Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 1:33.9123 0:01.3189
21 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 1:34.1838 0:01.5904
22 SP Tools Racing Maro Engel Mercedes E63 AMG 1:34.2590 0:01.6656
23 Dodo Insurance Racing Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VF 1:34.2973 0:01.7039
24 ekol Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 1:34.3187 0:01.7253
25 Norton 360 Racing Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:34.3837 0:01.7903
26 Heavy Haulage Australia Tim Slade Mercedes E63 AMG 1:34.5404 0:01.9470
27 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 1:34.9838 0:02.3904
28 Wilson Security Racing Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon FG 1:35.2216 0:02.6282

See below for the full Race 14 qualifying result

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:32.0311
2 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:32.2909 0:00.2598
3 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 1:32.3257 0:00.2946
4 TEKNO Team VIP Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:32.6266 0:00.5955
5 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VF 1:32.7499 0:00.7188
6 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:32.9020 0:00.8709
7 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:32.9060 0:00.8749
8 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VF 1:32.9244 0:00.8933
9 Fujitsu Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VF 1:33.0050 0:00.9739
10 Norton 360 Racing James Moffat Nissan Altima 1:33.0305 0:00.9994
11 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VF 1:33.0403 0:01.0092
12 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 1:33.0937 0:01.0626
13 Team HIFLEX Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF 1:33.3394 0:01.3083
14 Norton 360 Racing Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:33.3425 0:01.3114
15 The Bottle-O FPR Ford David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 1:33.3427 0:01.3116
16 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:33.3947 0:01.3636
17 Wilson Security Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 1:33.3956 0:01.3645
18 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 1:33.4067 0:01.3756
19 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:33.4558 0:01.4247
20 ekol Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 1:33.5435 0:01.5124
21 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:33.5554 0:01.5243
22 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 1:33.8197 0:01.7886
23 Jeld-wen FPR Ford Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:33.8232 0:01.7921
24 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 1:33.9573 0:01.9262
25 SP Tools Racing Maro Engel Mercedes E63 AMG 1:34.3014 0:02.2703
26 Wilson Security Racing Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon FG 1:34.3039 0:02.2728
27 Dodo Insurance Racing Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VF 1:34.4308 0:02.3997

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