Campbell on pole for Carrera Cup opener

Smollen and Campbell with their pole awards

Smollen and Campbell with their pole awards

Matt Campbell has started his Carrera Cup season on the right note with pole position on the streets of Adelaide.

After a stellar rookie season in 2015, Campbell is one of the championship favourites and he delivered in a red flag hit session.

With the Carrera Cup being the first cars on the track in the Friday running, a number of drivers were caught out on the somewhat dirty circuit.

A number of spins and overshoots for many drivers dominated the early stages of the 20-minite session. Then rookie Dylan O’Keeffe tagged the wall at Turn #4 to bring out the red flag.

As the session re-started the times started to tumble with Campbell going to the point from Carrera Cup returnee Alex Davison. Former V8 driver Ash Walsh was on a hot lap when he encountered traffic. Any chance of another lap was ended when the chequered flag fell.

In the Tag Heuer Carrera Challenge, defending champion Shane Smollen set the best time. This coming after he tagged the wall in the opening practice yesterday.

The first race of the season gets underway later this afternoon at 3.05pm.

VIDEO: Campbell and Smollen speak after qualifying

QUALIFYING: Carrera Cup – Adelaide

Pos No. Driver Team Class Time Gap
1 7 Matt Campbell Phase 8 – McElrea Racing P 1:21.9694
2 25 Alex Davison Copyworld Racing P 1:22.4104 +0.4410
3 77 Nick McBride Bob Jane T-Marts P 1:22.4307 +0.4613
4 360 Fraser Ross 360 Fly P 1:22.4331 +0.4637
5 12 Steven Richards Laser Plumbing and Electrical P 1:22.4466 +0.4772
6 45 Duvashen Padayachee Darrell Lea STIX P 1:22.4502 +0.4808
7 26 Michael Almond Copyworld P 1:22.5202 +0.5508
8 38 David Wall Wilson Security P 1:22.6842 +0.7148
9 777 Ash Walsh Bob Jane T-Marts/Infants Friend P 1:22.8581 +0.8887
10 8 Dean Fiore Saint/Porsche Centre Melbourne P 1:23.2002 +1.2308
11 56 Shane Smollen McGrath Estate Agents C 1:23.5917 +1.6223
12 54 James Abela Horsley Park Gunshop P 1:23.6559 +1.6865
13 24 Tony Bates Moveitnet/A.F.S. C 1:23.8233 +1.8539
14 88 Dylan O’Keeffe Allstar Equipment/Dexion Supply P 1:23.8589 +1.8895
15 21 Garth Walden CIP/GWR P 1:23.9805 +2.0111
16 39 Adrian Mastronardo Veritas Property Group C 1:23.9889 +2.0195
17 4 Stephen Grove Grove Hire C 1:24.2616 +2.2922
18 9 Marc Cini Hallmarc C 1:24.3088 +2.3394
19 13 James Bergmuller C 1:25.0497 +3.0803

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