Perkins scores Winton Dunlop Series pole
Jack Perkins continued his strong run in the Dunlop Series by taking the #54 Eggleston Motorsport Holden to pole position at Winton.
The Holden driver was the man to beat throughout the second of the two 20 minute periods, for which the field had been split based on practice speeds.
Improving his early benchmark further on his second set of tyres, Perkins’ eventual best of 1:23.77s proved 0.21s quicker than series leader Dale Wood.
Steve Owen will start third in the second of the MW Motorsport Fords having been able to better his previous time but not improve his position with one final flyer.
Fastest man in the first 20 minutes, Taz Douglas, proved good enough for fourth in the final reckoning ahead of Andrew Jones, Cameron Waters, Morgan Haber, Nick McBride, Chris Pither and Ashley Walsh.
Haber’s impressive run ended on the grass in the infield after a high-speed off at Turn 5; ensuring team-mate Owen completed his last effort with a yellow flag flying.
Andre Heimgartner had been the second fastest man in the opening 20 minutes but fell to 14th after the second period.
Two red flags had punctuated the first 20 minutes, caused by offs at Turns 7 and 3 from Josh Kean and Michael Hector respectively.
A mistake from Ant Pedersen at Turn 4 provided the only stoppage in the second period.
Casey Stoner was fifth after the first segment but eventually fell to 20th.
See below for the full qualifying result
|1||Eggleston Motorsport||Jack Perkins||Holden Commodore VE||01:23.77|
|2||GB Galvanizing/Wilson Securit||Dale Wood||Ford Falcon FG||01:23.98||00:00.21|
|3||Sherrin Rentals/MWM||Steve Owen||Ford Falson FG||01:24.10||00:00.33|
|4||Arvo Racing/Image Racing||Taz Douglas||Ford Falcon FG||01:24.22||00:00.45|
|5||Wilson Security Racing||Andrew Jones||Holden Commodore VE2||01:24.27||00:00.50|
|6||Linde Material Handling||Cameron Waters||Holden Commodore VE2||01:24.28||00:00.51|
|7||Miraflores Estate/MWM||Morgan Haber||Ford Falcon FG||01:24.36||00:00.59|
|8||Tony Dlberto Racing||Nick McBride||Ford Falcon FG||01:24.41||00:00.64|
|9||Icebreak Racing||Chris Pither||Holden Commodore VE2||01:24.41||00:00.64|
|10||Infants Friend||Ashley Walsh||Ford Falcon FG||01:24.50||00:00.73|
|11||Rodney Jane Racing/Sonic||Gary Jacobson||Ford Falcon FG||01:24.50||00:00.74|
|12||R&J Batteries/NDD||Geoff Emery||Holden Commodore VE2||01:24.58||00:00.81|
|13||Finance Ezi Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Falcon FG||01:24.67||00:00.90|
|14||Go Karts Go||Drew Russell||Ford Falcon FG||01:24.72||00:00.95|
|15||I Seek||George Miedecke||Ford Falcon FG||01:24.80||00:01.03|
|16||Ozstaff Racing||Daniel Gaunt||Ford Falcon FG||01:24.92||00:01.16|
|17||CEG Rentals/Go Karts Go||Aaren Russell||Ford Falcon FG||01:24.94||00:01.18|
|18||Rodney Jane Racing/Sonic||Rodney Jane||Ford Falcon FG||01:24.94||00:01.18|
|19||Think Holden Racing||Luke Youlden||Holden Commodore VE2||01:24.96||00:01.20|
|20||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Casey Stoner||Holden Commodore VE2||01:25.03||00:01.26|
|21||Sargent Security||Paul Morris||Holden Commodore VE2||01:25.23||00:01.46|
|22||Finance Ezi Racing||Josh Hunter||Ford Falocon FG||01:25.39||00:01.63|
|23||Blackchrome Sports & Workwear||Sam Walter||Holden Commodore VE2||01:25.40||00:01.63|
|24||Action Racing||Marcus Zukanovic||Holden Commodore VE||01:25.76||00:02.00|
|25||Marque Management||Ant Pedersen||Holden Commodore VE2||01:25.84||00:02.07|
|26||Rev Trans WA||Brett Hobson||Holden Commodore VE2||01:26.11||00:02.34|
|27||Poll Performance||Jim Pollicina||Holden Commodore VE||01:26.23||00:02.46|
|28||Warrin Mining Volvo Construct||Adam Wallis||Holden Commodore VE||01:26.34||00:02.58|
|29||Resi Home Loans||Aaron McGill||Holden Commodore VE2||01:26.81||00:03.05|
|30||Formula Tech/Interquip Racing||Brett Stewart||Holden Commodore VE||01:26.89||00:03.12|
|31||Voight Contracting||Aaron Tebb||Holden Commodore VE2||01:26.97||00:03.20|
|32||Pacific Hoists – Hitachi||Nandi Kiss||Holden Commodore VE||01:27.53||00:03.76|
|33||Gulf Western Oil||Michael Hector||Ford Falcon FG||01:29.21||00:05.45|
|34||Alphabet Financial Services||Josh Kean||Holden Commodore VE2||01:29.94||00:06.18|