Alex Davison takes Pro driver fastest qualifying time

An animated Alex Davison following his pole run

An animated Alex Davison talks to team owner Andy McElrea as Tony Bates looks on

Accomplished Porsche racer Alex Davison has rocketted to the fastest time in the qualifying session for Pro drivers at the Rennsport Motor Racing Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Davison (#24 Pure Energy/N2U) unleashed a 1:30.7481s lap to narrowly claim the fastest time ahead of Steve Owen (#47 Supabarn Supermarkets) in 1:30.7510s.

The Kiwi driver Jonny Reid, who was called up at the last minute to replace Lee Holdsworth who had been delayed in the US after the V8 Supercars meeting, was third quickest.

Steve Richards (1:30.9394s) and Tim Slade (1:30.956s) were next fastest.

Championship leading Craig Baird was 11th fastest in the session.

Davison had shown decent speed in the practice sessions and was stoked to top the times in what is being claimed as the strongest line-up of talent in Australian Carrera Cup field history.

“I was surprised because the car doesn’t feel that good,” Davison told

“I had dramas in practice with the brakes but we were able to rectify that.

“We still have work to do to get the balance a bit better so I’m not confident we have got a good race package yet.

“Everyone has been saying that they wanted to get on the pole so I’m stoked that it was me.”

Davison’s team-mate Tony Bates was seventh fastest in the session for Elite drivers which was topped by Adam Gowans.

However on combined times the pole position has been taken by Steve Owen and James Koundouris with Shae Davies and Adam Gowans starting in second.

Davison/Bates will start from third ahead of Warren Luff/Geoff Emery.

Baird and his partner John Penny will start from 12th after finishing with an accumulated time of 3:04.925s, 1.6s slower than Owen and Koundouris.

Both Pro and Elite drivers must start in at least one of the two one-hour heats tomorrow with the driver change window set between 25-35 minutes into the races.

Results: Carrera Cup Pro driver qualifying

1 Pure Energy/ N2U Alex Davison (QLD)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:30.7481
2 Supabarn Supermarkets Steve Owen (QLD)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:30.7510
3 Hallmarc Jonny Reid (NZ)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:30.9374
4 Laser Plumbing & Electrical Steven Richards (VIC)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:30.9394
5 Hallmarc Tim Slade (VIC)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:30.9565
6 Grove Group Earl Bamber (NZ)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:30.9812
7 No Second Chance Warren Luff (NSW)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:31.0132
8 Ausdrill – Onsite Racing Michael Patrizi (WA)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:31.0673
9 Coates Hire Racing Nicholas Percat (SA)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:31.1739
10 Rosche Visper David Wall (NSW)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:31.2960
11 Jet Travel Insurance Craig Baird (NZ)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:31.3736
12 Porsche Centre Brighton Dale Wood (VIC)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:31.3812
13 Permagard Automotive Luke Youlden (VIC)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:31.5154
14 Team Kiwi Racing Shae Davies (NZ)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:31.5777
15 Action Tyres and More Matthew Kingsley (QLD)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:31.6035
16 Objective Racing James Davison (USA)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:31.6058
17 GT3 Factory / Wrap My Ride Richard Muscat (VIC)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:31.6334
18 McGrath Estate Agents David Russell (QLD)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:31.6945
19 Malibu Boats Andrew Jones (NSW)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:32.1205
20 Team BRM / Rentcorp  NSWProperty Duvashen Padayachee Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:32.1947
21 Fujitsu Racing Renee Gracie (QLD) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:34.3596

Results: Carrera Cup Elite driver qualifying

1 Team Kiwi Racing  Adam Gowans (TAS)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:32.1324
2 Supabarn Supermarkets  James Koundouris (ACT)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:32.5645
3 Permagard Automotive  Max Twigg (VIC)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:32.7849
4 No Second Chance  Geoff Emery (VIC)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:32.8868
5 Ausdrill – Onsite Racing  Troy Bayliss (QLD)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:32.9566
6 Action Tyres and More  John Goodacre (SA)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:33.0093
7 Pure Energy/ N2U  Tony Bates (VIC)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:33.0765
8 McGrath Estate Agents  Shane Smollen (NSW)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:33.1924
9 Laser Plumbing & Electrical  Theo Koundouris (ACT)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:33.3125
10 Coates Hire Racing  Rodney Jane (VIC)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:33.5471
11 Jet Travel Insurance  John Penny (NZ)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:33.5508
12 Objective Racing  Tony Walls (NSW)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:33.5737
13 Rosche Visper  Damien Flack (QLD)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:33.7043
14 Hallmarc  Michael Loccisano (VIC)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:33.7478
15 Porsche Centre Brighton  James Bergmuller (VIC)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:33.8011
16 Fujitsu Racing  Peter Hill (VIC)  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:33.8267
17 Team BRM / Rentcorp   (VIC)         Property    Jeff Bobik  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup  1:34.2314
18 Hallmarc  Marc Cini (VIC) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:34.3558
19 Grove Group Stephen Grove (VIC) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:34.7136
20 Malibu Boats Xavier West (NSW) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:34.9840
21 GT3 Factory / Wrap My Ride Simon Middleton (VIC) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:35.5288

Starting grid based on combined times from the Pro and Elite driver qualifying

1 Steve Owen/James Koundouris 3:03.316s
2 Shae Davies/Adam Gowans 3:03.710
3 Alex Davison/Tony Bates 3:03.825
4 Warren Luff/Geoff Emery 3:03900
5 Michael Patrizi/Troy Bayliss 3:04.024
6 Steven Richards/Theo Koundouris 3:04.252
7 Luke Youlden/Max Twigg 3:04.300
8 Matthew Kingsley/John Goodacre 3:04.613
9 Jonny Reid/Michael Loccisano 3:04.685
10 Nicholas Percat/Rodney Jane 3:04.721
11 David Russell/Shane Smollen 3:04.887
12 Craig Baird/John Penny 3:04.925
13 David Wall/Damien Flack 3:05.000
14 James Davison/Tony Walls 3:05.180
15 Dale Wood/James Bergmuller 3:05.182
16 Tim Slade/Marc Cini 3:05.313
17 Earl Bamber/Stephen Grove 3:05.695
18 Duvashen Padayachee/Jeff Bobik 3:06.426
19 Andrew Jones/Xavier West 3:07.105
20 Richard Muscat/Simon Middleton 3:07.162
21 Renne Gracie/Peter Hill 3:08.187


Here is the interview with Steve Owen and James Koundouris who will start from the pole 

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