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
|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|
|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|
|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|
|16||4||Stephen Grove||Grove Hire||1:11.7846||+2.1064||C|
|18||39||Adrian Mastronardo||Veritas Porperty Group||1:12.7890||+3.1108||C|