Surprise pole sitters as stars crash in qualifying

Saturday 6th December, 2014 - 12:01pm

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Will Davison celebrates pole for Race 36

Will Davison celebrates pole for Race 36

Will Davison and Jason Bright have shared the Armor All Pole Awards in a dramatic pair of qualifying sessions on the streets of Sydney Olympic Park.

The first 10 minute hit-out, setting the grid for Race 36, saw Marcos Ambrose and Craig Lowndes crash at Turn 5 in separate incidents.

Ambrose broke the right-front of his Falcon after tagging the outside wall, while Lowndes slammed the same barrier seconds later, causing major damage to his Holden.

Despite the severity of the latter’s hit, both cars are expected to return for this afternoon’s pair of 125km races.

“I’m feeling fine, but I’m just disappointed,” said Lowndes of his crash.

“The car was hooked up, we had a good first sector and I just turned in, clipped the inside kerb and it fired me across.”

Ambrose’s crash was meanwhile attributed to a misjudged downshift, which unsettled the back of the Xbox Ford, sending it into the wall.

Davison had set his best time just seconds prior to the red flag stoppage, which came with a minute remaining.

With no time for any further flying laps, officials elected not to restart the session, handing Erebus its first ever pole.

“In terms of a stat I’m just rapt for the team,” said Davison afterwards. “It’s really special to be able to deliver that for them.”

Jamie Whincup will start second in Race 36 ahead of David Reynolds, Tim Slade and David Wall.

The result was a solid boost for Erebus after a failure in morning practice saw Lee Holdsworth hit the Turn 5 concrete, ensuring he missed both qualifying sessions.

Despite a cleaner run the second session again provided a surprise result, with Bright out-gunning Shane van Gisbergen, Scott McLaughlin and Whincup to pole.

Bright recorded a 1:27.79s best with just seconds remaining; a time that Van Gisbergen subsequently fell short of by 0.08s.

“It’s been a challenging weekend so far. It’s a wild joint and we didn’t feel we’d be reaching our potential that we had last year,” said Bright.

“The car has been strong but I’ve been getting too much air off some of the kerbs. I drove it pretty straight then and just punched out a pretty good number.”

Race 36 is scheduled to get underway at 1430 local time.

Result: V8 Supercars Race 36 qualifying, Sydney

1
Erebus Motorsport V8
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:28.76
2
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
01:28.82
00:00.05
3
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG
01:28.83
00:00.06
4
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
01:28.98
00:00.22
5
Wilson Security Racing
David Wall
Ford Falcon FG
01:29.08
00:00.31
6
Valvoline Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
01:29.11
00:00.34
7
Jack Daniel's Racing
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:29.13
00:00.36
8
Ford Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG
01:29.19
00:00.42
9
Lockwood Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
01:29.22
00:00.45
10
Ford Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG
01:29.26
00:00.50
11
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
01:29.34
00:00.57
12
Jack Daniel's Racing
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:29.34
00:00.58
13
Team JELD-WEN
Jack Perkins
Ford Falcon FG
01:29.37
00:00.61
14
Norton Hornets
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
01:29.38
00:00.62
15
Team Advam/GB
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF
01:29.90
00:01.14
16
Valvoline Racing GRM
Robert Dahlgren
Volvo S60
01:30.12
00:01.36
17
Norton Hornets
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
01:30.83
00:02.06
18
Team Tekno VIP Petfoods
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
01:32.54
00:03.78
19
Walkinshaw Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
01:32.88
00:04.12
20
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
01:35.77
00:07.01
21
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
01:36.51
00:07.75
22
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
01:37.71
00:08.95
23
Wilson Security Racing
Scott Pye
Ford Falcon FG
01:40.15
00:11.38
24
XBOX Racing DJR
Marcos Ambrose
Ford Falcon FG
03:58.27
02:29.51
25
Repair Management Aust Racing
Russell Ingall
Holden Commodore VF
03:20.78

Result: V8 Supercars Race 37 qualifying, Sydney

1
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
01:27.79
2
Team Tekno VIP Petfoods
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
01:27.87
00:00.08
3
Valvoline Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
01:27.91
00:00.12
4
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
01:27.92
00:00.14
5
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
01:28.10
00:00.31
6
Ford Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG
01:28.27
00:00.48
7
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG
01:28.31
00:00.52
8
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
01:28.35
00:00.56
9
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
01:28.47
00:00.68
10
Lockwood Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
01:28.54
00:00.75
11
Wilson Security Racing
Scott Pye
Ford Falcon FG
01:28.56
00:00.77
12
Ford Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG
01:28.57
00:00.78
13
Walkinshaw Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
01:28.60
00:00.81
14
Jack Daniel's Racing
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:28.62
00:00.83
15
Jack Daniel's Racing
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:28.68
00:00.89
16
Norton Hornets
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
01:28.76
00:00.97
17
Team Advam/GB
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF
01:28.82
00:01.03
18
Erebus Motorsport V8
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:28.83
00:01.04
19
Repair Management Aust Racing
Russell Ingall
Holden Commodore VF
01:28.95
00:01.17
20
Norton Hornets
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
01:29.03
00:01.24
21
Wilson Security Racing
David Wall
Ford Falcon FG
01:29.07
00:01.28
22
Valvoline Racing GRM
Robert Dahlgren
Volvo S60
01:29.08
00:01.29
23
Team JELD-WEN
Jack Perkins
Ford Falcon FG
01:29.38
00:01.59

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