Whincup completes Symmons qualifying sweep
Red Bull Racing Australia again flexed its muscles in Race 6 qualifying, with Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes securing the front-row of the grid.
In a repeat of Saturday’s two sessions, Whincup narrowly edged his team-mate around the 2.4km Symmons Plains venue.
The Volvo of Scott McLaughlin and Mercedes of Will Davison will share the second row, ahead of Holden runners James Courtney and Shane van Gisbergen.
A 51.24s best had Whincup just 0.01s ahead of McLaughlin’s Volvo before the 20 minute session’s final green tyre runs.
Lowndes and McLaughlin then briefly bumped Whincup to third in the dying minutes before the five-time champion countered with the fastest time of the weekend to date; a 50.98s..
Seventh and ninth respectively for Tim Slade and Nick Percat ensured Walkinshaw Racing had three cars in the top 10.
Stable-mate Garth Tander, however, will start 24th after missing the bulk of the session with power steering problems.
Faring even worse was Jack Perkins, who found himself in an early-session tangle with Mark Winterbottom at Turn 2.
Perkins had been exiting the pits as Winterbottom rounded Turn 2 on a hot-lap, resulting in significant contact between the two Fords.
The Pepsi Max FPR entry went on to qualify 13th; four places behind the fastest Ford runner, Dick Johnson Racing’s David Wall.
The 200km Race 6 will get underway at 1555 local time.
See below for the full qualifying result
|1||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||00:50.97|
|2||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||00:51.08||00:00.12|
|3||Valvoline Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||00:51.18||00:00.21|
|4||Erebus Motorsport V8||Will Davison||Mercedes E63 AMG||00:51.18||00:00.21|
|5||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||00:51.27||00:00.31|
|6||Team Tekno VIP Petfoods||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||00:51.29||00:00.32|
|7||Supercheap Auto Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||00:51.31||00:00.34|
|8||Wilson Security Racing||David Wall||Ford Falcon FG||00:51.33||00:00.37|
|9||Heavy Haulage Australia||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||00:51.36||00:00.39|
|10||Erebus Motorsport V8||Lee Holdsworth||Mercedes E63 AMG||00:51.36||00:00.39|
|11||Lockwood Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||00:51.38||00:00.41|
|12||Norton Hornets||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||00:51.39||00:00.42|
|13||Ford Pepsi Max Crew||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG||00:51.40||00:00.43|
|14||Wilson Security Racing||Scott Pye||Ford Falcon FG||00:51.42||00:00.45|
|15||The Bottle-O Racing Team||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG||00:51.43||00:00.46|
|16||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||00:51.43||00:00.46|
|17||Ford Pepsi Max Crew||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG||00:51.45||00:00.49|
|18||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||00:51.47||00:00.51|
|19||Repair Management Aust Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VF||00:51.53||00:00.57|
|20||Team Advam/GB||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VF||00:51.53||00:00.57|
|21||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||00:51.57||00:00.60|
|22||Norton Hornets||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||00:51.58||00:00.62|
|23||Valvoline Racing GRM||Robert Dahlgren||Volvo S60||00:51.69||00:00.72|
|24||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||00:51.98||00:01.01|
|25||Team JELD-WEN||Jack Perkins||Ford Falcon FG||00:52.37||00:01.40|