Stars miss Shootout after rain hits qualifying

Mark Winterbottom

Mark Winterbottom

Championship contenders Mark Winterbottom and Craig Lowndes will be spectators for this afternoon’s Top 10 Shootout after a rain interrupted qualifying session.

Rescheduled and shortened to 30 minutes following Chaz Mostert’s crash in the first attempt at qualifying on Friday, the session began under threatening skies.

Drops of rain eventually came at the halfway mark and, with the track too damp to see any further improvements, several were left to rue errors on their early laps.

Fabian Coulthard made the best of the early going to record a 2:06.18s best, 0.26s clear of second placed man Shane van Gisbergen.

Tim Slade and Jamie Whincup made it a Holden sweep at the top of the order ahead of DJR Team Penske’s Scott Pye in the leading Ford.

Jason Bright, Scott McLaughlin, David Reynolds, Lee Holdsworth and James Moffat complete the Shootout field.

Winterbottom will start 14th, one place ahead of Red Bull star Craig Lowndes.

With Mostert out for the weekend, Reynolds is the only driver from the championship’s top four who will start the heralded Bathurst Shootout.

“We rolled out and the first set (of tyres) was pretty bad on that first lap,” explained Winterbottom.

“We chose to come in and put another set of tyres on and I probably missed the window by about five seconds.

“When I went through the Cutting I was up by about 0.8s. I was on for a 2:05, but when the rain comes down you either stick it in the fence or count your losses.

“Fourteenth is alright, we’ll bounce back tomorrow, but the Shootout is the best part of Bathurst for me. I love it and we’ll be a spectator. It is what it is.”

Lowndes had also been on a quick lap when the first of the rain came down.

“I buggered up the first run and we knew there was potential for some showers coming through,” said Lowndes.

“You only have to make a couple of small mistakes around here (to ruin a lap).

“We bolted on the next set, went out and it started to sprinkle at Turn 2. I ran wide and just managed to keep it off the wall.

“We’ve got a bit of a cruisey afternoon now.”

Both Holden Racing Team cars were also down the order, with Jack Perkins 17th and Garth Tander 22nd.

Result: V8 Supercars Qualifying, Mount Panorama  

1 Freightliner Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 2:06.1838
2 Team Darrell Lea STIX Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 2:06.4470 00.2632
3 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 2:06.5063 00.3225
4 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 2:06.5248 00.3410
5 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 2:06.5656 00.3818
6 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 2:06.5999 00.4161
7 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 2:06.7177 00.5339
8 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG/X 2:06.7813 00.5975
9 Walkinshaw Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 2:06.8796 00.6958
10 Nissan Motorsport James Moffat Nissan Altima 2:06.9147 00.7309
11 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 2:06.9696 00.7858
12 Super Black Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Falcon FG/X 2:07.0383 00.8545
13 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 2:07.1684 00.9846
14 Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 2:07.2072 01.0234
15 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 2:07.2586 01.0748
16 Nissan Motorsport Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 2:07.3073 01.1235
17 Holden Racing Team Jack Perkins Holden Commodore VF 2:07.3769 01.1931
18 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 2:07.3817 01.1979
19 Nissan Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 2:07.5675 01.3837
20 Wilson Security Racing GRM David Wall Volvo S60 2:07.9764 01.7926
21 Repair Management Aust Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 2:08.0596 01.8758
22 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 2:08.0756 01.8918
23 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 2:08.8787 02.6949
24 Plus Fitness / Go Karts Go Aaren Russell Holden Commodore VF 2:09.2779 03.0941
25 Harvey Norman Supergirls Simona De Silvestro Ford Falcon FG/X 2:09.6484 03.4646
26 Erebus Motorsport V8 Ashley Walsh Mercedes E63 AMG 2:10.5793 04.3955


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