Davison pips Mostert for Race 24 pole
Will Davison narrowly denied V8 Supercars Championship rookie Chaz Mostert a maiden pole position for Race 24 at Queensland Raceway.
Having qualified an outstanding fourth for Race 23 just moments earlier, Mostert shot to the top of the order with three of the 15 minutes remaining.
A subsequent mistake from Jason Bright at Turn 3 that saw the Team BOC Holden stranded in the gravel momentarily appeared to have assured Mostert pole.
Davison was already on his way to completing what would be the session’s best lap, however, running a 1:09.06s to edge his fellow Ford Performance Racing contracted driver by 0.05s.
Davison’s effort, which netted his first pole of the season, was marginally underneath the qualifying record that Whincup had set in the Race 23 session.
David Reynolds completed a Ford sweep in third ahead of Tim Slade, who recorded the best qualifying result yet for the Erebus Mercedes effort.
Fifth for Alex Davison and eight for Mark Winterbottom made it five FPR-contracted drivers in the top eight.
Holden drivers Scott McLaughlin and James Courtney were sixth and seventh respectively, while Red Bull duo Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes could manage just ninth and 10th.
Lowndes had completed an early green tyre run, pitting with four minutes remaining while running second.
Maro Engel also made an early final dash, after which he fell from ninth to 20th.
See below for the Race 24 qualifying result
|1||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||Will Davison||Ford Falcon FG||01:09.05|
|2||Wilson Security Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG||01:09.11||00:00.05|
|3||The Bottle-O FPR Ford||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG||01:09.14||00:00.08|
|4||Heavy Haulage Australia Racing||Tim Slade||Mercedes E63 AMG||01:09.18||00:00.12|
|5||Jeld-wen FPR Ford||Alex Davison||Ford Falcon FG||01:09.18||00:00.12|
|6||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Holden Commodore VF||01:09.21||00:00.15|
|7||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||01:09.21||00:00.15|
|8||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG||01:09.22||00:00.16|
|9||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||01:09.32||00:00.27|
|10||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||01:09.35||00:00.29|
|11||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||01:09.38||00:00.32|
|12||Lockwood Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||01:09.44||00:00.38|
|13||TEKNO Team VIP||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||01:09.44||00:00.38|
|14||Irwin Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Mercedes E63 AMG||01:09.45||00:00.39|
|15||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||01:09.48||00:00.42|
|16||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||01:09.48||00:00.43|
|17||Team HIFLEX||Tony D’Alberto||Holden Commodore VF||01:09.53||00:00.47|
|18||Tekno Autosports||Jonathon Webb||Holden Commodore VF||01:09.57||00:00.51|
|19||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||01:09.62||00:00.56|
|20||SP Tools Racing||Maro Engel||Mercedes E63 AMG||01:09.67||00:00.61|
|21||Supercheap Auto Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VF||01:09.67||00:00.62|
|22||Dodo Insurance Racing||Dean Fiore||Holden Commodore VF||01:09.68||00:00.62|
|23||Norton 360 Racing||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||01:09.68||00:00.62|
|24||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Alexandre Premat||Holden Commodore VF||01:09.70||00:00.64|
|25||Wilson Security Racing||Tim Blanchard||Ford Falcon FG||01:09.72||00:00.66|
|26||ekol Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore VF||01:09.72||00:00.66|
|27||Wilson Security Racing||David Wall||Holden Commodore VF||01:09.81||00:00.75|
|28||Norton 360 Racing||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||01:10.11||00:01.05|