Red Bulls top Race 15 Townsville qualifying

Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen edged team-mate Jamie Whincup for the fastest time ahead of the Top 10 Shootout for Race 15 in Townsville.

Following on from a one-two finish yesterday, the Red Bull duo were again the class of the field throughout the 20 minute session.

Whincup went to the top with a 1:12.72s just prior to halfway, leading Van Gisbergen, Will Davison and Craig Lowndes.

Van Gisbergen then went 0.067s quicker than his team-mate in their second green tyre runs, while a lock-up from Whincup ensured the Race 14 winner did not improve on his previous time.


“Jamie was in a class of his own yesterday,” noted Van Gisbergen post-session.

“We went a little bit towards their set-up and it paid off.”

Mark Winterbottom improved to third late in the going, bumping Davison and Lowndes down to fourth and fifth respectively.

While the front-runners saved their third set of tyres for the Shootout, Scott McLaughlin used all three in the session, leaping to sixth on his final run.

Chaz Mostert, David Reynolds, Scott Pye and Garth Tander complete the Shootout field.

Dale Wood had been on course to score a Shootout berth when the chequered flag fell before being bumped out by Pye.

The session included an awkward Turn 2 tangle between James Moffat and Jason Bright that left the Volvo driver to limp back to the pits with broken steering.

Failing to rejoin the track, Moffat will start seven places behind Bright in 21st.

The Team BOC Holden driver’s hopes of making the Shootout evaporated for good when he went down the Turn 3 escape road on his final lap.

A tangle between Tim Slade and rookie Kurt Kostecki is meanwhile set to be investigated post-session.

The Top 10 Shootout will take place from 1335 local time.

Result: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Castrol Edge Townsville 400 Race 15 Qualifying

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:12.6552*S
2 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:12.7226 S 00.0674
3 The Bottle-O Racing Team Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 1:12.8016 S 00.1464
4 Team Darrell Lea STIX Will Davison Holden Commodore VF 1:12.8265 S 00.1713
5 TeamVortex Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:12.9045 S 00.2493
6 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:12.9374 S 00.2822
7 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 1:12.9491 S 00.2939
8 Erebus Motorsport Penrite David Reynolds Holden Commodore VF 1:12.9888 S 00.3336
9 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 1:12.9924 S 00.3372
10 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:13.0432 S 00.3880
11 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Nissan Altima 1:13.0536 S 00.3984
12 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:13.0946 S 00.4394
13 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 1:13.1662 S 00.5110
14 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 1:13.1982 S 00.5430
15 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 1:13.2228 S 00.5676
16 Sengled Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:13.2372 S 00.5820
17 carsales Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:13.2419 S 00.5867
18 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:13.2477 S 00.5925
19 DJR Team Penske Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG/X 1:13.2671 S 00.6119
20 LD Motorsport Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 1:13.3791 S 00.7239
21 Wilson Security Racing GRM James Moffat Volvo S60 1:13.4574 S 00.8022
22 Super Black Racing Chris Pither Ford Falcon FG/X 1:13.4722 S 00.8170
23 LD Motorsport Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore VF 1:13.4931 S 00.8379
24 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 1:13.6103 S 00.9551
25 Plus Fitness Racing Aaren Russell Holden Commodore VF 1:13.9393 S 01.2841
26 Preston Hire Racing Kurt Kostecki Holden Commodore VF 1:14.4121 S 01.7569

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