McLaughlin, Whincup share poles as Kiwis collide

Saturday 15th November, 2014 - 12:40pm

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Scott McLaughlin took pole for Race 33

Scott McLaughlin took pole for Race 33

Scott McLaughlin and Jamie Whincup continued their season-long qualifying battle by scoring a pole apiece in the two Saturday sessions at Phillip Island.

McLaughlin’s final lap denied Red Bull’s Craig Lowndes and Whincup a one-two in the first of the two 10 minute hit-outs, which set the grid for Races 33 and 34 respectively.

The Volvo clocked a 1:31.39s, undercutting Lowndes by just 0.09s and cementing McLaughlin’s ninth Armor All Pole Award of the year.

Ford Performance Racing and Nissan Motorsport shared the next four places on the Race 33 grid, with Mark Winterbottom fourth from Michael Caruso, Chaz Mostert and Rick Kelly.

A collision on the out-lap between Fabian Coulthard and Shane van Gisbergen left the two Kiwis to start from the back in both races.

Van Gisbergen elected to pass the three Brad Jones Racing Commodores of Dale Wood, Jason Bright and Fabian Coulthard around the outside at Turn 1.

Warming his tyres, Coulthard swerved into Van Gisbergen’s path, with the resulting contact breaking the left-front suspension of the Lockwood entry and spinning the VIP Commodore across the circuit.

The damage to Coulthard's Holden

The damage to Coulthard’s Holden

Van Gisbergen made it out for a brief sighting lap at the end of Race 34 qualifying, while BJR failed to return its car to the circuit.

The poor grid positions are a major blow to Van Gisbergen’s quest to finish second in the championship.

“That’s the problem with short sessions, everyone’s on different plans,” he said afterward.

“We were on warm-up tyres warming up the car and they were about to start a run.

“I had my headlights on letting them know I was going to go through and carry on with my own thing but he moved to the right. I thought he’d seen me, but he didn’t.”

The two sessions saw several of the heavy-hitters, including Whincup and Lowndes, only elect to complete one run.

Mark Winterbottom was among those electing for two in the second session and headed the order until Whincup shot to the top with 15 seconds remaining, taking his ninth pole of the year.

Winterbottom improved his own time in the dying seconds to secure second ahead of Lowndes and the Nissan trio of Todd Kelly, Michael Caruso and Rick Kelly.

McLaughlin ended up just ninth after a lock-up at Honda Corner ruined his final lap, which had proven fastest of all to the first sector.

Races 33 and 34, each to be held over 100km, will take place later this afternoon.

While conditions have been dry throughout the morning, thunderstorms are still predicted to hit the circuit during the late afternoon and evening.

 

Qualifying, Race 33

1 Valvoline Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 01:31.39
2 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 01:31.48 00:00.09
3 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 01:31.65 00:00.26
4 Ford Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 01:31.88 00:00.48
5 Norton Hornets Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 01:31.95 00:00.55
6 Ford Pepsi Max Crew Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 01:31.95 00:00.56
7 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 01:31.95 00:00.56
8 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 01:32.03 00:00.63
9 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 01:32.04 00:00.65
10 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 01:32.04 00:00.65
11 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 01:32.09 00:00.70
12 Wilson Security Racing Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG 01:32.17 00:00.78
13 Walkinshaw Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 01:32.18 00:00.79
14 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 01:32.35 00:00.96
15 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Ford Falcon FG 01:32.48 00:01.08
16 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 01:32.52 00:01.13
17 Team JELD-WEN Jack Perkins Ford Falcon FG 01:32.56 00:01.17
18 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 01:32.57 00:01.18
19 Norton Hornets James Moffat Nissan Altima 01:32.58 00:01.19
20 Erebus Motorsport V8 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 01:32.69 00:01.30
21 Repair Management Aust Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 01:32.78 00:01.39
22 Valvoline Racing GRM Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 01:33.47 00:02.07
23 Team Advam/GB Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 01:33.82 00:02.43
24 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF
25 Team Tekno VIP Petfoods Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF

Qualifying, Race 34

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 01:31.06
2 Ford Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 01:31.19 00:00.13
3 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 01:31.27 00:00.21
4 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 01:31.32 00:00.26
5 Norton Hornets Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 01:31.34 00:00.28
6 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 01:31.40 00:00.34
7 Walkinshaw Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 01:31.44 00:00.38
8 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 01:31.48 00:00.43
9 Valvoline Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 01:31.53 00:00.48
10 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 01:31.59 00:00.53
11 Ford Pepsi Max Crew Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 01:31.63 00:00.57
12 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 01:31.64 00:00.58
13 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 01:31.68 00:00.63
14 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 01:31.73 00:00.67
15 Norton Hornets James Moffat Nissan Altima 01:31.84 00:00.78
16 Wilson Security Racing Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG 01:31.95 00:00.89
17 Team JELD-WEN Jack Perkins Ford Falcon FG 01:32.00 00:00.94
18 Repair Management Aust Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 01:32.06 00:01.00
19 Team Advam/GB Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 01:32.06 00:01.01
20 Valvoline Racing GRM Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 01:32.17 00:01.11
21 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 01:32.20 00:01.14
22 Erebus Motorsport V8 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 01:32.29 00:01.23
23 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Ford Falcon FG 01:32.33 00:01.27
24 Team Tekno VIP Petfoods Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF

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