Fifth-straight pole for Campbell in Carrera Cup

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Friday 16th September, 2016 - 4:48pm

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Campbell and Bates with their Carrera Cup pole awards

Campbell and Bates with their Carrera Cup pole awards

Matt Campbell has continued his stunning Carrera Cup form with his fifth-straight pole position ahead of this weekend’s sixth round at Sandown.

The championship leader, and winner of all races at the most recent event at Sydney Motorsport Park, Campbell set a new qualifying record in his 911 with a time of 1:09.6782, bettering his mark from last year by just under three-tenths of a second.

Campbell, along with Steve Richards, Ash Walsh, Dean Fiore and David Wall are all pulling double-duty with the V8 Supercars. Campbell is the only one who is making his debut in the Sandown 500.

Second-fastest was championship contender Nick McBride, with the second row set to be occupied by Richards and Michael Almond.

The cooler conditions and slippery track brought a number of cars unstuck, with Walsh damaging the rear wing of his Porsche in the turn 2/3 complex. Plenty of others ran through Turn 1 as they chased a fast qualifying time.

Tony Bates was fastest in the Tag Heuer Carrera Challenge with fellow semi-professional class title contender Shane Smollen the next best.

This weekend’s Carrera Cup round features two races tomorrow with the final race on Sunday.

VIDEO: Campbell and Bates speak after qualifying

 

QUALIFYING: Carrera Cup – Sandown Raceway

Pos No. Driver Team Time Gap Class
1 7 Matt Campbell Nuveau Constructions / Phase 8 1:09.6782R P
2 77 Nick McBride Bob Jane T-Marts 1:10.3250 +0.6468 P
3 12 Steven Richards Laser Plumbing and Electrical 1:10.4751 +0.7969 P
4 26 Michael Almond Copyworld 1:10.4827 +0.8045 P
5 777 Ash Walsh Bob Jane T-Marts / Infants Friend 1:10.5265 +0.8483 P
6 38 David Wall Wilson Security 1:10.5424 +0.8642 P
7 25 Alex Davison Wilson Parking 1:10.6556 +0.9774 P
8 8 Dean Fiore Saint/Porsche Centre Melbourne 1:10.7865 +1.1083 P
9 45 Duvashen Padayachee Darrell Lea STIX 1:10.8339 +1.1557 P
10 88 Dylan O’Keeffe Allstar Equipment / Dexion Supplies 1:10.9046 +1.2264 P
11 21 Garth Walden CIP/GWR 1:10.9498 +1.2716 P
12 24 Tony Bates Moveitnet / A.F.S. 1:11.2235 +1.5453 C
13 54 James Abela Horsley Park Gunshop 1:11.2694 +1.5912 P
14 56 Shane Smollen McGrath Estate Agents 1:11.4272 +1.7490 C
15 13 James Bergmuller pricepressure.com.au 1:11.7008 +2.0226 C
16 4 Stephen Grove Grove Hire 1:11.7846 +2.1064 C
17 9 Marc Cini Hallmarc 1:12.6092 +2.9310 C
18 39 Adrian Mastronardo Veritas Porperty Group 1:12.7890 +3.1108 C

 

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