Whincup trumps SVG in Race 23 qualifying

Jamie Whincup

Jamie Whincup

Jamie Whincup turned the tables on team-mate Shane van Gisbergen by topping qualifying ahead of the Top 10 Shootout for Race 23 at the Castrol Gold Coast 600.

Van Gisbergen set the pace in the 20 minute session ahead of the final green tyre run, with his 1:10.45s best putting him 0.13s clear of Whincup.

The Kiwi struck trouble on his final run however, losing his first lap to a kerb strike before running down the Turn 11 escape road on his second lap.

Whincup meanwhile took full advantage, clocking 1:10.32s to end up 0.13s ahead.

Garth Tander also improved late to be third in his Holden Racing Team Commodore but will take a 10 place grid penalty after the Shootout following his collision with Fabian Coulthard yesterday.

David Reynolds made it two top five qualifying efforts in two days with fourth ahead of Craig Lowndes, Will Davison, Mark Winterbottom and Chaz Mostert.

It was a mixed session for Erebus, however, as heavy contact with the Turn 11 concrete wall for Shae Davies is expected to see the team’s #4 Holden sidelined for the day.

The Volvos of James Moffat and Scott McLaughlin both leapt into the top 10 in the dying seconds.

Saturday front-row starter McLaughin later revealed that he’d tagged the wall in the beach chicane on his first run, interrupting his session.

“I hit the wall on my first run and bent the car,” he admitted.

“The boys did a great job getting it sort of straight so we could make the 10 but she was a bit second hand.”

McLaughlin bumped Michael Caruso from the Shootout, leaving the top Nissan in 11th.

All 26 cars started the session after an all-night repair for DJR Team Penske on Coulthard’s Ford.

The car was repaired in time for the start of the 20 minutes and eventually ended up 18th, just two places behind team-mate Scott Pye.

“Obviously we’re not quick enough, but if you’d told me yesterday afternoon that we’d be here for qualifying I would have said ‘you’re kidding’,” said Coulthard.

“The boys have done an awesome job. It steered straight and did everything I was expecting it to do, we just don’t quite have the speed.”

The Top 10 Shootout will get underway at 1125 local time.

Result: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Castrol Gold Coast 600 Race 23 Qualifying

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:10.31
2 Red Bull Racing Australia Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:10.44 00.13
3 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:10.61 00.29
4 Erebus Motorsport Penrite David Reynolds Holden Commodore VF 1:10.74 00.42
5 TeamVortex Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:10.77 00.45
6 Team Darrell Lea STIX Will Davison Holden Commodore VF 1:10.78 00.47
7 The Bottle-O Racing Team Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 1:10.83 00.52
8 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 1:10.89 00.57
9 Wilson Security Racing GRM James Moffat Volvo S60 1:10.94 00.62
10 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:10.98 00.67
11 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:10.99 00.67
12 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 1:11.01 00.69
13 Preston Hire Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 1:11.03 00.72
14 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:11.09 00.77
15 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 1:11.11 00.79
16 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 1:11.11 00.79
17 Super Black Racing Chris Pither Ford Falcon FG/X 1:11.20 00.88
18 DJR Team Penske Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG/X 1:11.22 00.91
19 Sengled Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:11.31 00.99
20 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 1:11.37 01.06
21 Plus Fitness Racing Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore VF 1:11.41 01.09
22 carsales Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:11.43 01.12
23 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 1:11.57 01.25
24 Clipsal 500 Adelaide Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 1:11.66 01.34
25 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Nissan Altima 1:11.71 01.40
  Erebus Motorsport Shae Davies Holden Commodore VF

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