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Thursday 12th March, 2015 - 6:00pm

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Winterbottom led a Prodrive one-two in qualifying

Winterbottom led a Prodrive one-two in qualifying

Mark Winterbottom edged team-mate Chaz Mostert to record a commanding one-two result for Prodrive in qualifying at Albert Park.

A 1:56.05s effort saw Winterbottom move a scant 0.03s clear of Mostert with just 90 seconds of the 30 minute session remaining.

The result was an emphatic way for Ford to end its V8 Supercars pole drought, which stretched back to November, 2013.

The Holden Racing Team’s James Courtney proved the best of the rest in third, a full 0.3s adrift of pole.

Prodrive’s strong day, which had seen their cars top both practice sessions, was completed with a fourth place qualifying performance from David Reynolds.

Whincup starts ninth after this mistake on his final tyre set

Whincup starts ninth after this mistake on his final tyre set

“The team has done an incredible job, it’s been an awesome day,” said Winterbottom.

“We’ve topped every session between us and I’ve got the right one which is nice because I haven’t had a pole for such a long time.

“The car is really good. We always thought we had a good car on high speed tracks, but Adelaide proved a bit of a challenge in terms of a lower speed layout.

“But if we can improve where we’re already good and tinker away at the slow speed ones we should be in for a good year.

“You’ve got to enjoy the results when you get them and I’m just rapt to get a pole position again.”

Kiwis Shane van Gisbergen, Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard filled fifth through seventh, ahead of Tim Slade, Jamie Whincup and Todd Kelly.

Whincup sat just 17th as the chequered flag flew after running off at Turn 1 on the first lap with his final set of tyres.

The Red Bull star rescued ninth with a second lap to end up four places clear of team-mate Craig Lowndes.

“I hit the brakes and she locked up, so I’ll put my hand up for that one,” rued Whincup.

“It’s not really the place I wanted to start, but that’s life and we’ll see if we can pick a few off in the race.”

Todd Kelly was meanwhile just 0.04s ahead of brother Rick in the battle for top Nissan honours.

Stable-mate Michael Caruso’s horror day with his new car continued as the #23 Altima again failed to complete a flying lap due to electrical issues, despite a pre-session engine change.

“We’ll figure it out tonight but we haven’t gotten to the bottom of it yet,” said Nissan Motorsport’s Scott Sinclair of the issue. “It’s one of those pesky electrical dramas that no one can see.”

The V8 Supercars will take to the track for two races tomorrow, with Race 1 at 1420 and Race 2 scheduled for 1820.

Result: V8 Supercars Qualifying, Albert Park

1
Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:56.05
2
Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:56.08
00:00.03
3
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
01:56.34
00:00.29
4
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:56.42
00:00.37
5
Team Darrell Lea STIX
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
01:56.44
00:00.39
6
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
01:56.50
00:00.45
7
Freightliner Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
01:56.54
00:00.49
8
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
01:56.61
00:00.56
9
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
01:56.63
00:00.58
10
Nissan Motorsport
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:56.71
00:00.66
11
Nissan Motorsport
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:56.72
00:00.67
12
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
01:56.73
00:00.68
13
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
01:56.76
00:00.71
14
Nissan Mororsport
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
01:56.77
00:00.72
15
Erebus Motorsport V8
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:56.81
00:00.75
16
Walkinshaw Racing
Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore VF
01:56.83
00:00.78
17
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
01:56.99
00:00.94
18
Repair Management Aust Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
01:57.12
00:01.06
19
Erebus Motorsport V8
Ashley Walsh
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:57.15
00:01.10
20
DJR Team Penske
Marcos Ambrose
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:57.46
00:01.41
21
Team GB Galvanizing
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF
01:57.59
00:01.53
22
Team Cooldrive
Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
01:57.60
00:01.55
23
Super Black Racing
Andre Heimgartner
Ford Falcon FG
01:57.74
00:01.68
24
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Chris Pither
Volvo S60
01:57.88
00:01.83
25
Nissan Motorsport
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
04:51.42
02:55.37

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