Red Bulls top Race 15 Townsville qualifying
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.
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“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|