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Red Bull dominant in Symmons Plains qualifying

Saturday 29th March, 2014 - 12:20pm

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Jamie Whincup will start both of Saturday's races from pole

Jamie Whincup will start both of Saturday’s races from pole

Jamie Whincup has led a Red Bull Racing Australia front-row lock-out for Races 4 and 5 of the V8 Supercars Championship at Symmons Plains.

A 51.41s best from Whincup in the first of the two 10 minute sessions proved enough to edge out Lowndes by a scant 0.06s.

The Race 4 qualifying session was halted after less than four minutes when Nick Percat beached his HHA Holden at Turn 4.

Whincup had set the quickest time to date moments before the red flags flew and, after being eclipsed by Russell Ingall and then Lowndes following the resumption of play, responded with the eventual pole time in the dying seconds.

Ingall ended the session a sensational third from James Courtney, David Reynolds and Mark Winterbottom.

The second hit-out also saw Whincup set the early pace before being bumped by Lowndes.

The five-time champion’s Race 5 pole time of 51.14s subsequently proved 0.19s quicker than his team-mate had managed.

Mark Winterbottom and Scott McLaughlin will share the second-row for Race 5, despite the latter still struggling with the power steering problems encountered on the Volvos during practice.

Fabian Coulthard completed the top five, while Lee Holdsworth and Will Davison gave Erebus plenty to be optimistic about with sixth and seventh respectively.

The two 100km races will get underway at 1435 and 1635 local time.

See below for the Race 4 qualifying result

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 00:51.41
2 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 00:51.47 00:00.06
3 Repair Management Aust Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 00:51.59 00:00.18
4 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 00:51.63 00:00.22
5 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 00:51.66 00:00.24
6 Ford Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 00:51.66 00:00.25
7 Valvoline Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 00:51.68 00:00.27
8 Team Tekno VIP Petfoods Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 00:51.71 00:00.30
9 Ford Pepsi Max Crew Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 00:51.71 00:00.30
10 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 00:51.72 00:00.31
11 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Ford Falcon FG 00:51.73 00:00.32
12 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 00:51.73 00:00.32
13 Erebus Motorsport V8 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 00:51.78 00:00.37
14 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 00:51.78 00:00.37
15 Wilson Security Racing Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG 00:51.79 00:00.38
16 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 00:51.81 00:00.40
17 Norton Hornets James Moffat Nissan Altima 00:51.89 00:00.48
18 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 00:51.89 00:00.48
19 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 00:51.89 00:00.48
20 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 00:51.96 00:00.54
21 Valvoline Racing GRM Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 00:51.98 00:00.57
22 Team JELD-WEN Jack Perkins Ford Falcon FG 00:51.99 00:00.58
23 Norton Hornets Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 00:52.00 00:00.59
24 Team Advam/GB Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 00:52.26 00:00.85
25 Heavy Haulage Australia Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF

See below for the full Race 5 qualifying result

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 00:51.14
2 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 00:51.34 00:00.19
3 Ford Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 00:51.46 00:00.32
4 Valvoline Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 00:51.50 00:00.36
5 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 00:51.51 00:00.37
6 Erebus Motorsport V8 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 00:51.52 00:00.37
7 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 00:51.52 00:00.38
8 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 00:51.55 00:00.41
9 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 00:51.55 00:00.41
10 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 00:51.56 00:00.42
11 Valvoline Racing GRM Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 00:51.59 00:00.45
12 Team JELD-WEN Jack Perkins Ford Falcon FG 00:51.61 00:00.47
13 Wilson Security Racing Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG 00:51.63 00:00.48
14 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 00:51.65 00:00.51
15 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 00:51.66 00:00.52
16 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Ford Falcon FG 00:51.67 00:00.53
17 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 00:51.69 00:00.55
18 Repair Management Aust Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 00:51.70 00:00.55
19 Norton Hornets James Moffat Nissan Altima 00:51.71 00:00.57
20 Ford Pepsi Max Crew Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 00:51.72 00:00.58
21 Norton Hornets Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 00:51.74 00:00.59
22 Heavy Haulage Australia Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 00:51.74 00:00.60
23 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 00:51.74 00:00.60
24 Team Tekno VIP Petfoods Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 00:51.75 00:00.60
25 Team Advam/GB Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 00:51.79 00:00.65

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