Owen on Dunlop pole as Walsh strikes trouble
Dunlop Series pace-setters Steve Owen and Ashley Walsh will start from opposite ends of the grid in Race 1 at Townsville after disaster struck the series leader in qualifying.
Walsh suffered a power steering failiure on his first flying lap in the session and was unable to return to the circuit during the remainder of the 30 minutes.
The Matt Stone Racing Ford therefore did not set a time and will start the opening race from 30th.
Owen meanwhile dominated proceedings, with his fastest time proving 0.45s quicker than that of the next best, Jack Perkins.
The only real drama for Owen occurred when Marcus Zukanovic swerved in front of the twice series winner while warming his tyres mid-session.
Friday fast-man Perkins had improved to second late in the session after eventual third through sixth place runners Daniel Gaunt, Dale Wood, Kristian Lindbom and Taz Douglas had completed their final runs.
Cameron Waters will start seventh despite a spin at Turn 8 late in the going, while Andre Heimgartner, Andrew Jones and Aaren Russell completed the top 10.
Casey Stoner will start Race 1 from 11th after failing to improve on his second and third runs.
The former MotoGP World Champion repeatedly caught traffic at crucial moments in addition to running off at Turn 3 on his penultimate lap.
The first of three Dunlop Series races for the weekend will be held at 1235 local time.
See below for the full qualifying result
|1||Sherrin Rentals/MWM||Steve Owen||Ford Falson FG||1:14.0118|
|2||Eggleston Motorsport||Jack Perkins||Holden Commodore VE||1:14.4713||0:00.4595|
|3||Marque Management||Daniel Gaunt||Holden Commodore VE2||1:14.5511||0:00.5393|
|4||GB Galvanizing/Wilson Security||Dale Wood||Ford Falcon FG||1:14.5755||0:00.5637|
|5||Ozstaff Racing||Kristian Lindbom||Ford Falcon FG||1:14.5959||0:00.5841|
|6||Image Racing/Arvo||Taz Douglas||Ford Falcon FG||1:14.6250||0:00.6132|
|7||Linde Material Handling||Cameron Waters||Holden Commodore VE2||1:14.6924||0:00.6806|
|8||Finance Ezi Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Falcon FG||1:14.7397||0:00.7279|
|9||Advam Racing||Andrew Jones||Holden Commodore VE2||1:14.7481||0:00.7363|
|10||CEG Rentals||Aaren Russell||Ford Falcon FG||1:14.8890||0:00.8772|
|11||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Casey Stoner||Holden Commodore VE2||1:15.0224||0:01.0106|
|12||Go Karts Go||Drew Russell||Ford Falcon FG||1:15.0917||0:01.0799|
|13||R&J Batteries/NDD||Geoff Emery||Holden Commodore VE2||1:15.1706||0:01.1588|
|14||I Seek||George Miedecke||Ford Falcon FG||1:15.1858||0:01.1740|
|15||Sargent Security Racing||Paul Morris||Holden Commodore VE2||1:15.1887||0:01.1769|
|16||MiraFlores Estate/Harber Excav||Morgan Haber||Ford Falcon FG||1:15.2674||0:01.2556|
|17||Rodney Jane Racing/Sonic||Rodney Jane||Ford Falcon FG||1:15.3556||0:01.3438|
|18||Rodney Jane Racing/Sonic||Gary Jacobson||Ford Falcon FG||1:15.4359||0:01.4241|
|19||Icebreak Racing||Chris Pither||Holden Commodore VE2||1:15.4983||0:01.4865|
|20||Blackchrome Sports & Workwear||Sam Walter||Holden Commodore VE2||1:15.6090||0:01.5972|
|21||Finance Ezi Racing||Josh Hunter||Ford Falocon FG||1:15.6878||0:01.6760|
|22||Action Racing||Marcus Zukanovic||Holden Commodore VE||1:15.7724||0:01.7606|
|23||Tony D’Alberto Racing||Nick McBride||Ford Falcon FG||1:15.8010||0:01.7892|
|24||N.Q Concrete Sawing & Drilling||Justin Garioch||Holden Commodore VE2||1:16.7575||0:02.7457|
|25||Gulf Western Oil||Michael Hector||Ford Falcon FG||1:17.1319||0:03.1201|
|26||Poll Performance||Jim Pollicina||Holden Commodore VE||1:17.1426||0:03.1308|
|27||Resi Home Loans||Aaron McGill||Holden Commodore VE2||1:17.2623||0:03.2505|
|28||Formula Tech/Interquip Racing||Brett Stewart||Holden Commodore VE||1:17.3563||0:03.3445|
|29||Pacific Hoists – Hitachi||Nandi Kiss||Holden Commodore VE||1:17.9492||0:03.9374|
|30||Infants Friend||Ashley Walsh||Ford Falcon FG|
|Rev Trans WA||Aaron Tebb||Holden Commodore VE2|