Whincup hands Dumbrell pole for co-driver race

Saturday 13th September, 2014 - 12:52pm

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Jamie Whincup drove the #1 Red Bull Holden to pole for the first qualifying race

Jamie Whincup drove the #1 Red Bull Holden to pole for the first qualifying race

Paul Dumbrell will start the first of two qualifying races at the Wilson Security Sandown 500 from pole position after Jamie Whincup topped qualifying in the #1 Red Bull Holden.

A 20 minute qualifying session set the grid for the co-driver sprint race, scheduled to take place over 20 laps.

The result of the co-driver race will then set the grid for a 20 lap primary driver sprint, which will in turn determine the starting order for Sunday’s 500.

Whincup completed the qualifying session with a scintillating three-lap run that saw him improve the benchmark time on each occasion.

The five-time champion’s eventual best of 1:08.57s knocked the Holden Racing Team’s Garth Tander to second moments prior to the chequered flag.

The HRT Commodore had narrowly escaped disaster earlier in the session, with Tander managing to drive his way out of the Turn 9 gravel trap after a lock-up.

Scott McLaughlin wound up third having temporarily moved to the top with his single-lap run on his final set of tyres.

Mark Winterbottom was a late improver to shoot into fourth ahead of Tander’s Walkinshaw stable-mates James Courtney and Tim Slade.

Shane van Gisbergen, David Reynolds, Craig Lowndes and Todd Kelly completed the top 10.

Just 0.2s covered the top 10 before the final green tyre runs, after which the margin had grown to 0.6s.

Rick Kelly managed 14th in his Jack Daniel’s Nissan despite damaging the right-front of his Altima against the Turn 4 exit wall late in the session.

The Erebus Mercedes-AMGs of Will Davison and Lee Holdsworth managed just 15th and 17th respectively.

Both cars are running the team’s regular specification engine after electing to remove an upgraded unit from Davison’s car on Friday night.

James Moffat’s Nissan, which qualified 21st, is meanwhile scheduled to receive a new engine prior to the co-driver qualifying race due to a reliability concern.

The co-driver qualifying race is set to start at 1445.

Result: V8 Supercars qualifying, Sandown

1
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
01:08.57
2
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
01:08.73
00:00.15
3
Valvoline Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
01:08.78
00:00.21
4
Ford Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG
01:08.88
00:00.30
5
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
01:08.89
00:00.32
6
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
01:08.95
00:00.38
7
Team Tekno VIP Petfoods
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
01:08.96
00:00.39
8
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG
01:09.05
00:00.48
9
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
01:09.08
00:00.51
10
Jack Daniel's Racing
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:09.14
00:00.57
11
Walkinshaw Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
01:09.17
00:00.59
12
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
01:09.20
00:00.63
13
Norton Hornets
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
01:09.21
00:00.64
14
Jack Daniel's Racing
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:09.23
00:00.66
15
Erebus Motorsport V8
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:09.26
00:00.69
16
Ford Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG
01:09.26
00:00.69
17
Erebus Motorsport V8
Lee Holdsworth
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:09.27
00:00.70
18
Lockwood Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
01:09.40
00:00.83
19
Wilson Security Racing
Scott Pye
Ford Falcon FG
01:09.45
00:00.88
20
Repair Management Aust Racing
Russell Ingall
Holden Commodore VF
01:09.47
00:00.90
21
Norton Hornets
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
01:09.48
00:00.91
22
Valvoline Racing GRM
Robert Dahlgren
Volvo S60
01:09.49
00:00.92
23
Team Advam/GB
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF
01:09.58
00:01.01
24
Team JELD-WEN
Jack Perkins
Ford Falcon FG
01:09.71
00:01.13
25
Wilson Security Racing
David Wall
Ford Falcon FG
01:09.78
00:01.21

 

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