Red Bull soar to top two spots in qualifying

Craig Lowndes

Craig Lowndes

Craig Lowndes has leapt to the fastest time after a perfectly executed last gasp lap in qualifying at the SKYCITY Triple Crown at Darwin.

Lowndes waited until the dying seconds to nail his best tour, stopping the clock at 1:09.6849s to nab his Red Bull Racing Australia team-mate Jamie Whincup.

With less than two minutes remaining in the 20-minute session, Whincup was down in 19th but managed to produce a 1:09.6955s lap and slide to the top albeit briefly.

He found himself eclipsed in the end by Lowndes’ corker with Mark Winterbottom (Ford Perfomance Racing) qualifying third fastest in 1:09.6982s.

Winterbottom had uncorked his best lap with less than five minutes remaining but could not respond to the late flurry by the Red Bull pair.

With less than 10 minutes to go Fabian Coulthard (Brad Jones Racing) and Will Davison (FPR) became the first to crack the 1:10s barrier.

However Coulthard ended up being shuffled back to 11th, missing out on the top 10 shootout to follow at 12.55pm (NT time) while Davison finished with the sixth best time.

Jason Bright was fourth fastest with James Courtney fifth.

David Reynolds was seventh in the Bottle-O Falcon with Garth Tander, Shane van Gisbergen and Rick Kelly rounding out the top 10.

 QUALIFYING: Race 17 – Hidden Valley Raceway Darwin

Pos No. Team Driver Car Time
1  888 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:09.6849
2    1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF +0.0106
3    5 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG +0.0133
4    8 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF +0.0868
5   22 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF +0.1474
6    6 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG +0.1716
7   55 The Bottle-O FPR Ford David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG +0.1800
8    2 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF +0.2280
9   97 TEKNO Team VIP Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF +0.2402
10   15 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima  +0.3079
11   14 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF +0.3084
12   34 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VF +0.3145
13   47 Heavy Haulage Australia Racing Tim Slade Mercedes E63 AMG +0.3505
14   33 Fujitsu Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VF +0.4287
15   36 Norton 360 Racing Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +0.4623
16   19 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VF +0.5003
17   88 Dodo Insurance Racing Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VF +0.5040
18   21 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VF +0.5449
19   12 Wilson Security Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG +0.5508
20    3 Team HIFLEX Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF +0.5622
21    9 SP Tools Racing Maro Engel Mercedes E63 AMG +0.5688
22    4 IRWIN Racing Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG +0.6128
23    7 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima +0.6589
24   18 Jeld-wen FPR Ford Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG  +0.8136
25   17 Wilson Security Racing Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon FG +0.8542
26   80 ekol Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF +0.8807
27  360 Norton 360 Racing James Moffat Nissan Altima +0.9382
28   66 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF +1.0841


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