Whincup, McLaughlin continue qualifying form

Jamie Whincup

Jamie Whincup

Jamie Whincup and Scott McLaughlin have repeated their Saturday qualifying performances by locking out the front-row of the grid for Race 23.

Whincup reset the qualifying lap record to 1:09.07s with just 90 seconds remaining in the 15 minute hit-out.

The time put the Red Bull Holden 0.24s clear of previous fast-man McLaughlin, who subsequently aborted a potentially quicker final lap due to a minor oil leak.

The pole is Whincup’s 10th of the season, matching his class-leading benchmark from 2012.

James Courtney and outstanding rookie Chaz Mostert will share the second row, while Fabian Coulthard, who had sat atop the order ahead of the final minutes, starts fifth.

Among those to struggle was Craig Lowndes, whose 13th place effort becomes a 15th grid slot due to a penalty handed out for his contact with Mark Winterbottom in Race 22.

Coincidentally, Winterbottom benefits from Lowndes’ penalty after qualifying just 14th.

See below for the Race 23 qualifying result

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 01:09.07
2 Fujitsu Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VF 01:09.32 00:00.24
3 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 01:09.34 00:00.26
4 Wilson Security Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 01:09.35 00:00.27
5 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 01:09.38 00:00.31
6 The Bottle-O FPR Ford David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 01:09.42 00:00.34
7 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 01:09.42 00:00.34
8 Jeld-wen FPR Ford Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 01:09.45 00:00.37
9 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 01:09.46 00:00.38
10 Heavy Haulage Australia Racing Tim Slade Mercedes E63 AMG 01:09.49 00:00.41
11 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VF 01:09.49 00:00.42
12 TEKNO Team VIP Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 01:09.49 00:00.42
13 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 01:09.52 00:00.45
14 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 01:09.60 00:00.53
15 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 01:09.69 00:00.61
16 SP Tools Racing Maro Engel Mercedes E63 AMG 01:09.72 00:00.64
17 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 01:09.73 00:00.66
18 Team HIFLEX Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF 01:09.76 00:00.69
19 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VF 01:09.83 00:00.76
20 Dodo Insurance Racing Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VF 01:09.84 00:00.76
21 ekol Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 01:09.84 00:00.77
22 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 01:09.87 00:00.79
23 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VF 01:09.92 00:00.85
24 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 01:09.93 00:00.86
25 Wilson Security Racing Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon FG 01:09.95 00:00.87
26 Norton 360 Racing Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 01:09.95 00:00.88
27 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 01:10.03 00:00.96
28 Norton 360 Racing James Moffat Nissan Altima 01:10.09 00:01.01


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