Lowndes takes Symmons Plains pole double

Saturday 28th March, 2015 - 1:49pm

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Craig Lowndes scored pole for both Saturday races

Craig Lowndes scored pole for both Saturday races

Craig Lowndes has put himself in the box seat for success in today’s Symmons Plains Super Sprints by taking pole position for both races.

The Red Bull Holden ran 51.66s and 51.62s bests in the respective 10 minute sessions to score both Armor All Pole Awards.

With passing expected to be extremely tough around the tight 2.41km venue, Lowndes is hopeful of converting the poles into victories.

“Shippy (engineer Grant McPherson) and I have been working really hard since the start of the season,” said Lowndes.

“This is a track I traditionally go well at and it’s nice to be up the front I can tell you.”

Craig Lowndes with his two Armor All Pole Awards

Craig Lowndes with his two Armor All Pole Awards

Race 4 of the season will see Mark Winterbottom share the front-row with Lowndes, while James Courtney, practice pace-setter Will Davison and David Reynolds complete the top five.

Shane van Gisbergen recorded the sixth best time but will lose grid positions to Chaz Mostert and Jamie Whincup after a penalty for contact with Ash Walsh.

The Tekno Holden spun the Mercedes at the Turn 4 hairpin; an incident for which the Kiwi later apologised.

“I just mucked up and locked the rears,” he said. “It’s not a fun walk going to say sorry but it was my mistake completely.”

Will Davison endured a similar incident with Todd Kelly, leaving Erebus with its own front-end damage to fix before the second session.

Race 5 qualifying saw Whincup improve to second behind Lowndes, edging out the consistent James Courtney and David Reynolds.

Rookie Andre Heimgartner was meanwhile the star of the second hit-out, scoring an outstanding fifth in his first outing with the FG X Falcon package.

“The car is absolutely fabulous,” he said, having been 11th in the earlier session.

“We made a little tweak between sessions and it was a jet. It’s great to have me and Dave (Reynolds) up there and lead the PRA group.”

Winterbottom managed only seventh for Race 5, with Davison and Van Gisbergen down in ninth and 10th respectively.

It was a tough pair of sessions for Scott McLaughlin, who struggled to 17th and eighth in his Volvo.

Another buried in the midfield is Scott Pye, who qualified the DJR Team Penske Ford in 15th and 18th for the respective 25 lap heats.

Race 4 of the is scheduled for 1515, with Race 5 at 1715.

QUALIFYING: Race 4 – Symmons Plains

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing Australia Holden Commodore VF 0:51.6558*
2 Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew Ford Falcon FG/X 0:51.7030 0:00.0472
3 James Courtney Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VF 0:51.7675 0:00.1117
4 Will Davison Erebus Motorsport V8 Mercedes E63 AMG 0:51.7889 0:00.1331
5 David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team Ford Falcon FG/X 0:51.7942 0:00.1384
6 Chaz Mostert Pepsi Max Crew Ford Falcon FG/X 0:51.8875 0:00.2317
7 Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing Australia Holden Commodore VF 0:51.9057 0:00.2499
8 Shane van Gisbergen* Team Darrell Lea STIX Holden Commodore VF 0:51.8378 0:00.1820
9 Garth Tander Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VF 0:51.9852 0:00.3294
10 Tim Slade Supercheap Auto Racing Holden Commodore VF 0:52.0973 0:00.4415
11 Andre Heimgartner Super Black Racing Ford Falcon FG/X 0:52.1210 0:00.4652
12 Todd Kelly Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima 0:52.1442 0:00.4884
13 Fabian Coulthard Freightliner Racing Holden Commodore VF 0:52.1596 0:00.5038
14 Lee Holdsworth Walkinshaw Racing Holden Commodore VF 0:52.1926 0:00.5368
15 Scott Pye DJR Team Penske Ford Falcon FG/X 0:52.1959 0:00.5401
16 James Moffat Nissan Mororsport Nissan Altima 0:52.2040 0:00.5482
17 Scott McLaughlin Wilson Security Racing GRM Volvo S60 0:52.2061 0:00.5503
18 Dale Wood GB Galvanizing Racing Holden Commodore VF 0:52.2363 0:00.5805
19 Rick Kelly Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima 0:52.2420 0:00.5862
20 Ashley Walsh Erebus Motorsport V8 Mercedes E63 AMG 0:52.2641 0:00.6083
21 Michael Caruso Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima 0:52.2727 0:00.6169
22 Jason Bright Team BOC Holden Commodore VF 0:52.2829 0:00.6271
23 Nick Percat Repair Management Aust Racing Holden Commodore VF 0:52.3908 0:00.7350
24 David Wall Wilson Security Racing GRM Volvo S60 0:52.4557 0:00.7999
25 Tim Blanchard Team Cooldrive Holden Commodore VF 0:52.6047 0:00.9489

* 2 place grid penalty

QUALIFYING: Race 5 – Symmons Plains

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing Australia Holden Commodore VF 0:51.6213*
2 Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing Australia Holden Commodore VF 0:51.7188 0:00.0975
3 James Courtney Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VF 0:51.7550 0:00.1337
4 David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team Ford Falcon FG/X 0:51.8263 0:00.2050
5 Andre Heimgartner Super Black Racing Ford Falcon FG/X 0:51.8336 0:00.2123
6 Garth Tander Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VF 0:51.8663 0:00.2450
7 Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew Ford Falcon FG/X 0:51.8817 0:00.2604
8 Scott McLaughlin Wilson Security Racing GRM Volvo S60 0:51.9132 0:00.2919
9 Will Davison Erebus Motorsport V8 Mercedes E63 AMG 0:51.9332 0:00.3119
10 Shane van Gisbergen Team Darrell Lea STIX Holden Commodore VF 0:51.9398 0:00.3185
11 Lee Holdsworth Walkinshaw Racing Holden Commodore VF 0:51.9442 0:00.3229
12 Todd Kelly Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima 0:51.9518 0:00.3305
13 Fabian Coulthard Freightliner Racing Holden Commodore VF 0:51.9520 0:00.3307
14 Chaz Mostert Pepsi Max Crew Ford Falcon FG/X 0:51.9531 0:00.3318
15 Tim Slade Supercheap Auto Racing Holden Commodore VF 0:51.9663 0:00.3450
16 Rick Kelly Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima 0:52.0023 0:00.3810
17 Jason Bright Team BOC Holden Commodore VF 0:52.0702 0:00.4489
18 Scott Pye DJR Team Penske Ford Falcon FG/X 0:52.1055 0:00.4842
19 Dale Wood GB Galvanizing Racing Holden Commodore VF 0:52.1556 0:00.5343
20 Ashley Walsh Erebus Motorsport V8 Mercedes E63 AMG 0:52.2204 0:00.5991
21 James Moffat Nissan Mororsport Nissan Altima 0:52.2912 0:00.6699
22 Nick Percat Repair Management Aust Racing Holden Commodore VF 0:52.3292 0:00.7079
23 Michael Caruso Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima 0:52.3578 0:00.7365
24 David Wall Wilson Security Racing GRM Volvo S60 0:52.4435 0:00.8222
25 Tim Blanchard Team Cooldrive Holden Commodore VF 0:52.5512 0:00.9299

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