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Courtney takes pole in tight Top 10 Shootout

Sunday 1st March, 2015 - 1:18pm

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James Courtney scored pole for Race 3 of the season

James Courtney scored pole for Race 3 of the season

James Courtney has scored the Armor All Pole Award for Race 3 at the Clipsal 500 in a Top 10 Shootout that saw the top six cars covered by less than a tenth of a second.

The Holden Racing Team driver was the eighth on track, knocking Fabian Coulthard from the top spot with a 1:20.54s.

Penultimate man out James Moffat went quicker to the second sector before slotting into fifth, while qualifying pace-setter Shane van Gisbergen managed only sixth.

Van Gisbergen’s lap was just 0.096s slower than Courtney in an incredibly tight session.

Ambrose tagged the wall on his slow down lap

Ambrose tagged the wall on his slow down lap. pic: V8TV

Jamie Whincup and Scott McLaughlin will share the second row after briefly commanding the top of the time sheets following their laps.

Seventh through 10th on the grid will be filled by Tim Slade, Marcos Ambrose, Garth Tander and Jason Bright.

Ambrose’s effort included surviving a wild moment in the Senna Chicane, only to scrape the Turn 4 exit wall while on his cool down lap.

“I wasn’t paying any attention to what I was doing, I was in the wrong gear and just got caught out in the marbles left by the Touring Car Masters,” explained Ambrose afterward.

The 250km Race 3 of the V8 Supercars Championship will get underway at 1525 local time.

UPDATE: Tander has been moved up to seventh in the order after a timing issue was corrected.

VIDEO: Top 10 Shootout highlights

Result: V8 Supercars Top 10 Shootout, Clipsal 500 Adelaide

1
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
01:20.54
2
Freightliner Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
01:20.58
00:00.04
3
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
01:20.60
00:00.06
4
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
01:20.61
00:00.07
5
Nissan Mororsport
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
01:20.61
00:00.07
6
Team TEKNO Darrell Lea
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
01:20.64
00:00.10
7
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
01:21.15
00:00.61
8
DJR Team Penske
Marcos Ambrose
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:21.17
00:00.63
9
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
01:21.20
00:00.66
10
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
01:21.23
00:00.69

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