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Van Gisbergen fastest as Ambrose makes Top 10

Sunday 1st March, 2015 - 12:02pm

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Marcos Ambrose will be the second man to run in the Shootout

Marcos Ambrose will be the second man to run in the Shootout

Shane van Gisbergen proved fastest in qualifying ahead of today’s Top 10 Shootout, but it was a ninth place result for Marcos Ambrose that stole the show.

Having qualified just 24th for the two Saturday races, the former two-time champion showed the first signs of competitive form by clocking the ninth quickest lap ahead of the Shootout.

Ambrose’s time came amid a flurry of fast laps in the dying seconds, which culminated in Van Gisbergen’s new qualifying record of 1:20.008s.

“I forgot there was even a Top 10 Shootout this morning, I was just trying not to be last,” said Ambrose after being congratulated by team owner Roger Penske upon returning to pitlane.

“I had a decent sleep and a good think about it over night and they came back with a stronger car for me.

“I’m just learning the ropes. It’s really hard for me when we’re in competition to really try and learn. I’m fully exposed.

“But yesterday’s races were good for me to get a feel for the car and we were able to make some pretty big changes overnight and get it more comfortable.”

Van Gisbergen had been just 11th and fifth in the two Friday qualifying sessions and was also pleased with his team’s progress.

“We had a much better qualifying car than Friday so I’m pretty stoked and it’s awesome to see Ambrose in the 10 as well,” he said.

“We’ll have to get the tyres working in the Shootout because we’re not doing our times on lap one, it’s on lap two. But the Shootout will be exciting. It’s always good here.”

James Moffat was second fastest ahead of James Courtney, Fabian Coulthard, Jamie Whincup, Tim Slade, Jason Bright, Scott McLaughlin, Ambrose and Garth Tander.

Tander had moved to the top of the order with just one of the 20 minutes remaining before almost being bumped from the top 10 entirely.

Mark Winterbottom and Craig Lowndes both missed the cut in 11th and 14th respectively having joined Whincup in undertaking just one green tyre run.

The Top 10 Shootout will get underway at 1210 local time.

VIDEO: V8 Supercars qualifying highlights

Result: V8 Supercars Race 3 Qualifying, Clipsal 500 Adelaide

1
Team TEKNO Darrell Lea
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
01:20.01
2
Nissan Mororsport
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
01:20.03
00:00.03
3
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
01:20.08
00:00.07
4
Freightliner Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
01:20.08
00:00.07
5
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
01:20.13
00:00.13
6
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
01:20.16
00:00.15
7
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
01:20.23
00:00.22
8
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
01:20.23
00:00.22
9
DJR Team Penske
Marcos Ambrose
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:20.24
00:00.24
10
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
01:20.26
00:00.25
11
Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:20.34
00:00.34
12
Nissan Motorsport
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:20.35
00:00.35
13
Walkinshaw Racing
Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore VF
01:20.45
00:00.44
14
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
01:20.48
00:00.47
15
Nissan Motorsport
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
01:20.53
00:00.52
16
Team GB Galvanizing
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF
01:20.55
00:00.55
17
Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:20.56
00:00.55
18
Erebus Motorsport V8
Ashley Walsh
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:20.56
00:00.56
19
Nissan Motorsport
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:20.59
00:00.58
20
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG
01:20.62
00:00.61
21
Wilson Security Racing GRM
David Wall
Volvo S60
01:20.65
00:00.64
22
Repair Management Aust Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
01:20.65
00:00.64
23
Erebus Motorsport V8
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:20.78
00:00.78
24
Super Black Racing
Andre Heimgartner
Ford Falcon FG
01:20.90
00:00.89
25
Team Cooldrive
Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
01:21.82
00:01.81

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