Winterbottom, Whincup share Sydney poles

Tom Howard

Saturday 5th December, 2015 - 12:23pm

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Mark Winterbottom

Mark Winterbottom

Mark Winterbottom and Jamie Whincup claimed the pole positions for the two 125km races at the Coates Hire Sydney 500.

The Prodrive driver saved his best until the final moments of the first 10 minute qualifying session as he posted a 127.7s which was just enough to hang on to pole position from Shane Van Gisbergen.

The session could prove pivotal in the championship race with Craig Lowndes due to start from the back of the grid after he made contact with the tyre wall at Turn 11 late in the hit-out.

“It’s awesome the boys and girls have worked too hard overnight turning the car,” said Winterbottom.

“We are in the right position to have a go when doing those laps I’m nervous but to get pole is great. They told me I was P1 and I lost my mind a bit but I’m rapt with that lap.”

Whincup emerged as the star of the second session with his last gasp 1:27.6s claiming pole for Race 35 from David Reynolds and van Gisbergen.

Winterbottom dropped to fourth in the dying minutes but he starts crucially ahead of Lowndes who could only manage a time good enough for ninth after a quick repair on his car in the break between sessions.

“There is always risk and reward and we see what happens when you push the limits. I’m disappointed obviously but we will see what happens in the races,” said Lowndes.

Qualifying Race 34

Van Gisbergen once again showed his class in the first session as he set the initial pace on older tyres.

The effort was on course to net a pole position before a last gasp run from Winterbottom denied the Kiwi from taking pole.

James Courtney showed strong pace behind the wheel of the HRT Commodore to secure third ahead of Jason Bright and Whincup.

Tim Slade was sixth while Rick Kelly, James Moffat, Fabian Coulthard and Garth Tander rounded out the top 10.

Moffat’s session ended premature when he clouted the tyre wall shortly before Lowndes’ trip to the barriers at Turn 11.

Qualifying Race 35

The second session followed a similar pattern to the first with Van Gisbergen lighting up the timing screens early on before Whincup’s late show.

Reynolds was another driver to make the most of fresh rubber in the final minutes as he slotted into second spot which demoted van Gisbergen down to third.

Winterbottom had to settle for fourth ahead of Courtney, McLaughlin, Scott Pye, Lee Holdsworth, Lowndes and Bright.

Result:V8 Supercars Coates Hire Sydney 500 Qualifying Race 34

1 Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 1:27.7596
2 Team Darrell Lea STIX Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:27.8534 00.0938
3 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:28.0602 00.3006
4 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 1:28.0857 00.3261
5 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:28.0886 00.3290
6 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 1:28.1310 00.3714
7 Nissan Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:28.1784 00.4188
8 Nissan Motorsport James Moffat Nissan Altima 1:28.3448 00.5852
9 Freightliner Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 1:28.4387 00.6791
10 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:28.5988 00.8392
11 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:28.6010 00.8414
12 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 1:28.6391 00.8795
13 Wilson Security Racing GRM David Wall Volvo S60 1:28.7194 00.9598
14 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:28.7240 00.9644
15 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1:28.7814 01.0218
16 Repair Management Aust Racing Jack Perkins Holden Commodore VF 1:28.7883 01.0287
17 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 1:28.8152 01.0556
18 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG/X 1:28.8631 01.1035
19 Walkinshaw Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 1:28.9066 01.1470
20 Pepsi Max Crew Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG/X 1:28.9944 01.2348
21 Nissan Motorsport Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:29.2639 01.5043
22 Erebus Motorsport V8 Alex Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1:29.3358 01.5762
23 Super Black Racing Chris Pither Ford Falcon FG/X 1:29.3939 01.6343
24 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 1:29.6713 01.9117
25 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:29.7398 01.9802

Result:V8 Supercars Coates Hire Sydney 500 Qualifying Race 35

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:27.6420
2 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG/X 1:27.7747 0:00.1327
3 Team Darrell Lea STIX Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:27.7780 0:00.1360
4 Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 1:27.8028 0:00.1608
5 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:27.8376 0:00.1956
6 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:28.0089 0:00.3669
7 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 1:28.1214 0:00.4794
8 Walkinshaw Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 1:28.3275 0:00.6855
9 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:28.3353 0:00.6933
10 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 1:28.4276 0:00.7856
11 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1:28.4394 0:00.7974
12 Nissan Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:28.4753 0:00.8333
13 Freightliner Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 1:28.5140 0:00.8720
14 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:28.5242 0:00.8822
15 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:28.5288 0:00.8868
16 Repair Management Aust Racing Jack Perkins Holden Commodore VF 1:28.5739 0:00.9319
17 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 1:28.6929 0:01.0509
18 Nissan Motorsport Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:28.8791 0:01.2371
19 Wilson Security Racing GRM David Wall Volvo S60 1:28.8810 0:01.2390
20 Super Black Racing Chris Pither Ford Falcon FG/X 1:29.0149 0:01.3729
21 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 1:29.2418 0:01.5998
22 Erebus Motorsport V8 Alex Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1:29.2823 0:01.6403
23 Pepsi Max Crew Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG/X 1:37.8950

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