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Double pole for Jamie Whincup in Darwin

Saturday 21st June, 2014 - 12:56pm

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Jamie Whincup scored pole for both Saturday races

Jamie Whincup scored pole for both Saturday races

Jamie Whincup will start both Saturday races at the Skycity Triple Crown in Darwin from pole position after Red Bull Racing Australia asserted its authority in qualifying.

Without a pole at the Hidden Valley circuit prior to today, Whincup came out on top in both 10 minute sessions to bring his season Armor All Pole Award tally to a class leading six.

The grid was set by just a single green tyre run in each of the short hit-outs due to the thin tyre allocation this weekend.

Whincup’s first lap proved his best on both occasions, running a 1:10.13s in Race 17 qualifying before improving to a 1:09.87s in the second session.

Team-mate Craig Lowndes was third and second in the respective sessions, going to the top in the latter before immediately being edged by Whincup.

Scott McLaughin had earlier beaten Lowndes to second in the Race 17 order, with fourth through 10th filled by Shane van Gisbergen, Garth Tander, Mark Winterbottom, Lee Holdsworth, Jason Bright, Fabian Coulthard and James Courtney.

Coulthard was the biggest improver in the second session, jumping to third ahead of Winterbottom, McLaughlin, Tander, Courtney, Van Gisbergen, Bright and Dale Wood.

The Nissans narrowly missed out on joining their Holden, Volvo, Ford and Nissans rivals in scoring a top 10, recording bests of 12th (James Moffat) and 11th (Michael Caruso) in the respective sessions.

Rick and Todd Kelly however struggled and will start in the bottom half of the field for both encounters.

Jack Perkins endured an even more difficult time of it in FPR’s Jeld-Wen Ford, ending up slowest in both sessions.

Race 17 will kick-off at 1420 local time, followed by Race 18 at 1630.

QUALIFYING RACE 17

Pos  No. Driver Team Car Time Difference
1    1  Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF 1:10.1360
2   33  Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60 1:10.1532 0:00.0172
3  888  Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF 1:10.3821 0:00.2461
4   97  Shane Van Gisbergen Team Tekno VIP Petfoods  Holden Commodore VF 1:10.4058 0:00.2698
5    2  Garth Tander Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF 1:10.4698 0:00.3338
6    5  Mark Winterbottom Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG 1:10.5505 0:00.4145
7    4  Lee Holdsworth Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG 1:10.5870 0:00.4510
8    8  Jason Bright Team BOC  Holden Commodore VF 1:10.5946 0:00.4586
9   14  Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:10.6016 0:00.4656
10   22  James Courtney Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF 1:10.6218 0:00.4858
11   55  David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team  Ford Falcon FG 1:10.7081 0:00.5721
12  360  James Moffat Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima 1:10.7161 0:00.5801
13    6  Chaz Mostert Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG 1:10.7298 0:00.5938
14   36  Michael Caruso Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima 1:10.7460 0:00.6100
15    9  Will Davison Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG 1:10.7802 0:00.6442
16   16  Scott Pye Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG 1:10.7996 0:00.6636
17   47  Tim Slade Supercheap Auto Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:10.8218 0:00.6858
18   15  Rick Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima 1:10.9068 0:00.7708
19    7  Todd Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima 1:10.9171 0:00.7811
20   17  David Wall Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG 1:10.9434 0:00.8074
21   21  Dale Wood Team Advam/GB  Holden Commodore VF 1:10.9653 0:00.8293
22   23  Russell Ingall Repair Management Aust Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:11.0902 0:00.9542
23   34  Robert Dahlgren Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60 1:11.0962 0:00.9602
24  222  Nick Percat Walkinshaw Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:11.1075 0:00.9715
25   18  Jack Perkins Team JELD-WEN  Ford Falcon FG 1:11.5102 0:01.3742

QUALIFYING RACE 18

Pos  No. Driver Team Car Time Difference
1   1  Jamie Whincup  Red Bull Racing Australia   Holden Commodore VF 1:09.8711
2 888  Craig Lowndes  Red Bull Racing Australia   Holden Commodore VF 1:09.9706 0:00.0995
3  14  Fabian Coulthard  Lockwood Racing   Holden Commodore VF 1:10.0709 0:00.1998
4   5  Mark Winterbottom  Ford Pepsi Max Crew   Ford Falcon FG 1:10.1808 0:00.3097
5  33  Scott McLaughlin  Valvoline Racing GRM   Volvo S60 1:10.2288 0:00.3577
6   2  Garth Tander  Holden Racing Team   Holden Commodore VF 1:10.2531 0:00.3820
7  22  James Courtney  Holden Racing Team   Holden Commodore VF 1:10.2593 0:00.3882
8  97  Shane Van Gisbergen  Team Tekno VIP Petfoods   Holden Commodore VF 1:10.2623 0:00.3912
9   8  Jason Bright  Team BOC   Holden Commodore VF 1:10.2714 0:00.4003
10  21  Dale Wood  Team Advam/GB   Holden Commodore VF 1:10.3119 0:00.4408
11  36  Michael Caruso  Norton Hornets   Nissan Altima 1:10.4061 0:00.5350
12   9  Will Davison  Erebus Motorsport V8   Mercedes E63 AMG 1:10.4411 0:00.5700
13   4  Lee Holdsworth  Erebus Motorsport V8   Mercedes E63 AMG 1:10.4613 0:00.5902
14  47  Tim Slade  Supercheap Auto Racing   Holden Commodore VF 1:10.4930 0:00.6219
15  55  David Reynolds  The Bottle-O Racing Team   Ford Falcon FG 1:10.5000 0:00.6289
16   6  Chaz Mostert  Ford Pepsi Max Crew   Ford Falcon FG 1:10.5019 0:00.6308
17 360  James Moffat  Norton Hornets   Nissan Altima 1:10.5406 0:00.6695
18  16  Scott Pye  Wilson Security Racing   Ford Falcon FG 1:10.5880 0:00.7169
19  17  David Wall  Wilson Security Racing   Ford Falcon FG 1:10.7705 0:00.8994
20 222  Nick Percat  Walkinshaw Racing   Holden Commodore VF 1:10.7782 0:00.9071
21  15  Rick Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing   Nissan Altima 1:10.7986 0:00.9275
22  34  Robert Dahlgren  Valvoline Racing GRM   Volvo S60 1:10.8157 0:00.9446
23   7  Todd Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing   Nissan Altima 1:10.9551 0:01.0840
24  23  Russell Ingall  Repair Management Aust Racing   Holden Commodore VF 1:11.1081 0:01.2370
25  18  Jack Perkins  Team JELD-WEN   Ford Falcon FG 1:11.3239 0:01.4528

 

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