Fifth-straight pole for Campbell in Carrera Cup

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 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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