Coulthard scores poles as Red Bulls struggle

Saturday 5th April, 2014 - 11:45am

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Fabian Coulthard scores both pole positions

Fabian Coulthard scores both pole positions

Fabian Coulthard continued his strong form at Winton Motor Raceway with a pair of record-setting pole positions for Races 7 and 8 of the championship.

The Lockwood Holden proved the car to beat in both sessions, recording bests of 1:20.04s and 1:19.65s in the respective 10 minute hit-outs to secure the two poles.

The second effort was more than a second quicker than the time he’d set to top practice on Friday.

Track conditions proved ideal for fast times, with workers having swept the tarmac last night to remove the remaining traces of loose sealant that had wreaked havoc with the early practice running.

Both races will feature all-Kiwi front-rows, with Shane van Gisbergen second in the opening session and Scott McLaughlin the runner-up in the second.

Van Gisbergen had been one of few to complete two new tyres runs in the first session and held sway at the top of the order for much of the going.

The Kiwi was eclipsed by Michael Caruso and then James Moffat as the session drew towards its conclusion, before Coulthard put down his unbeatable time with just a minute remaining.

Van Gisbergen’s second run was good enough for second ahead of an impressive Dale Wood, who scored a career best aboard the third Brad Jones Racing Holden.

Craig Lowndes will start Race 7 from fourth, a full 10 places ahead of Red Bull team-mate Jamie Whincup.

The going got even tougher for Red Bull in Race 8 qualifying, with Whincup 21st and Lowndes 23rd.

McLaughlin had held sway at the top for much of the second session having gone 0.6s clear of the field with his first set of tyres.

Coulthard lowered the benchmark by a further 0.25s with 90 seconds on the clock and while McLaughlin improved his time in the dying moments, he could not eclipse the Lockwood Holden.

It was a mixed morning for Ford Performance Racing star Mark Winterbottom, who bounced back from 24th in the first session to be sixth in the second.

Race 8 qualifying was somewhat of a renaissance for the Ford contingent, with David Reynolds, Winterbottom, Chaz Mostert and Scott Pye all in the top 10.

Mostert had been the only Ford in the top half of the Race 7 session.

There was disaster for Russell Ingall as mechanical problems kept the LDM Holden 25th in the first session and unable to turn a lap in the second.

Nick Percat’s Walkinshaw Holden also struck drama, billowing smoke in the closing minutes, ensuring the South Australian could not repeat his solid eighth from the opening session.

Races 7 and 8 of the championship, both over 100km, will take place from 1400 and 1625 local time.

See below for the full Qualifying result for Race 7 

Position Driver Team Car Time Difference
1  Fabian Coulthard  Lockwood Racing   Holden Commodore VF  1:20.0444R
2  Shane Van Gisbergen  Team Tekno VIP Petfoods   Holden Commodore VF  1:20.0732r  0:00.0288
3  Dale Wood  Team Advam/GB   Holden Commodore VF  1:20.2530r  0:00.2086
4  Craig Lowndes  Red Bull Racing Australia   Holden Commodore VF  1:20.3559r  0:00.3115
5  James Moffat  Norton Hornets   Nissan Altima  1:20.4212r  0:00.3768
6  Jason Bright  Team BOC   Holden Commodore VF  1:20.6428r  0:00.5984
7  Rick Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing   Nissan Altima  1:20.6470r  0:00.6026
8  Nick Percat  Walkinshaw Racing   Holden Commodore VF  1:20.6699r  0:00.6255
9  Chaz Mostert  Ford Pepsi Max Crew   Ford Falcon FG  1:20.6774r  0:00.6330
10  Garth Tander  Holden Racing Team   Holden Commodore VF  1:20.7047r  0:00.6603
11  Michael Caruso  Norton Hornets   Nissan Altima  1:20.7514r  0:00.7070
12  Scott McLaughlin  Valvoline Racing GRM   Volvo S60  1:20.7564r  0:00.7120
13  Lee Holdsworth  Erebus Motorsport V8   Mercedes E63 AMG  1:20.8087  0:00.7643
14  Jamie Whincup  Red Bull Racing Australia   Holden Commodore VF  1:20.8643  0:00.8199
15  Tim Slade  Supercheap Auto Racing   Holden Commodore VF  1:20.9202  0:00.8758
16  Scott Pye  Wilson Security Racing   Ford Falcon FG  1:20.9385  0:00.8941
17  James Courtney  Holden Racing Team   Holden Commodore VF  1:20.9656  0:00.9212
18  David Reynolds  The Bottle-O Racing Team   Ford Falcon FG  1:20.9693  0:00.9249
19  David Wall  Wilson Security Racing   Ford Falcon FG  1:20.9709  0:00.9265
20  Will Davison  Erebus Motorsport V8   Mercedes E63 AMG  1:21.0491  0:01.0047
21  Todd Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing   Nissan Altima  1:21.1806  0:01.1362
22  Robert Dahlgren  Valvoline Racing GRM   Volvo S60  1:21.3856  0:01.3412
23  Jack Perkins  Team JELD-WEN   Ford Falcon FG  1:21.3886  0:01.3442
24  Mark Winterbottom  Ford Pepsi Max Crew   Ford Falcon FG  1:21.4412  0:01.3968
25  Russell Ingall  Repair Management Aust Racing   Holden Commodore VF  1:21.4457  0:01.4013

 

See below for the full Qualifying result for Race 8 

Position Driver Team Car Time Difference
1  Fabian Coulthard  Lockwood Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:19.6538R
2  Scott McLaughlin  Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60 1:19.8005r 0:00.1467
3  Shane Van Gisbergen  Team Tekno VIP Petfoods  Holden Commodore VF 1:19.9782r 0:00.3244
4  Lee Holdsworth  Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG 1:20.0248r 0:00.3710
5  David Reynolds  The Bottle-O Racing Team  Ford Falcon FG 1:20.1150 0:00.4612
6  Mark Winterbottom  Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG 1:20.1953 0:00.5415
7  James Moffat  Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima 1:20.2346 0:00.5808
8  Tim Slade  Supercheap Auto Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:20.2741 0:00.6203
9  Chaz Mostert  Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG 1:20.2784 0:00.6246
10  Scott Pye  Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG 1:20.2794 0:00.6256
11  Dale Wood  Team Advam/GB  Holden Commodore VF 1:20.3001 0:00.6463
12  David Wall  Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG 1:20.3005 0:00.6467
13  Jason Bright  Team BOC  Holden Commodore VF 1:20.3252 0:00.6714
14  Will Davison  Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG 1:20.3747 0:00.7209
15  Michael Caruso  Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima 1:20.4098 0:00.7560
16  Nick Percat  Walkinshaw Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:20.4362 0:00.7824
17  James Courtney  Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF 1:20.4373 0:00.7835
18  Rick Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima 1:20.4721 0:00.8183
19  Todd Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima 1:20.5199 0:00.8661
20  Garth Tander  Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF 1:20.6182 0:00.9644
21  Jamie Whincup  Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF 1:20.6660 0:01.0122
22  Jack Perkins  Team JELD-WEN  Ford Falcon FG 1:20.7835 0:01.1297
23  Craig Lowndes  Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF 1:20.9272 0:01.2734
24  Robert Dahlgren  Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60 1:21.0127 0:01.3589

 

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