Coulthard, Whincup share Race 3, 4 AGP poles

Fabian Coulthard

Fabian Coulthard achieved a third straight pole position before Jamie Whincup broke the DJR Team Penske stranglehold in qualifying for Supercars Races 3 and 4 at Albert Park.

Whincup split the DJRTP Falcons in Qualifying for Race 3 before snapping Coulthard’s pole streak.

Shane van Gisbergen will start Race 3 from second-last after an off, while his Triple Eight team-mate is mired deep in the field for both Races 3 and 4.

Qualifying for Race 3

Fabian Coulthard topped the session by 0.4s, while Jamie Whincup split the DJR Team Penske Falcons.

The three Triple Eight Cars completed an installation lap before Whincup set a time late in the 10-minute session, bumping Scott McLaughlin to third.

Chaz Mostert, James Courtney, and David Reynolds, filled fourth through sixth, while Michael Caruso bucked the trend by attempting a second flying lap, elevating himself to seventh.

Rick Kelly, Mark Winterbottom, and Will Davison rounded out the top 10.

Lowndes was only 14th after he ran off at Turn 3 in the final minute.

His team-mate van Gisbergen followed him off at the same spot just seconds later, consigning the defending champion to 25th on the grid after Simona de Silvestro did not set a time.

Lee Holdsworth and Nick Percat were back on track after earlier mechanical problems, finishing 13th and 18th respectively.

Qualifying for Race 4

Whincup shook off a brush with the wall to set the fastest lap.

The Red Bull HRT driver glanced the concrete exiting Turn 10 but still put down a 1:54.66s on that lap, a time which stood up to all who followed.

“We had to grind it out in the quali run to keep improving the car and it was at its best at the end there,” said Whincup.

Coulthard will nevertheless start in the front row for all four races, falling just 0.024s shy of car #88.

Tim Slade looked on for pole after setting the fastest first and second sectors but instead finished third, ahead of Chaz Mostert and Todd Kelly.

Shane van Gisbergen waited until the final minute to set a representative time, taking sixth ahead of Michael Caruso, James Courtney, David Reynolds, and Scott Pye.

Mark Winterbottom was 15th, while Lowndes and McLaughlin will share the last row.

Lowndes failed to set a time while McLaughlin had his best lap scrubbed from the results for exceeding track limits at Turn 12.

The first of four 13-lap races starts tomorrow at 13:50 AEDT

Result: Coates Hire Supercars Challenge Qualifying Race 3

1 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG/X 1:54.5983
2 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:55.0178 00.4195
3 Shell V-Power Racing Team Scott McLaughlin Ford Falcon FG/X 1:55.0441 00.4458
4 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 1:55.1124 00.5141
5 Mobil 1 HSV Racing James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:55.3504 00.7521
6 Erebus Penrite Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore VF 1:55.6017 01.0034
7 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:55.6647 01.0664
8 Sengled Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:55.6888 01.0905
9 The Bottle-O Racing Team Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 1:55.7114 01.1131
10 TEKNO Woodstock Racing Will Davison Holden Commodore VF 1:55.8337 01.2354
11 carsales Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:55.9176 01.3193
12 Wilson Security Racing GRM James Moffat Holden Commodore VF 1:55.9296 01.3313
13 Preston Hire Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 1:55.9947 01.3964
14 TeamVortex Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:56.0484 01.4501
15 Team CoolDrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 1:56.0804 01.4821
16 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 1:56.1807 01.5824
17 Wilson Security Racing GRM Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:56.4352 01.8369
18 Team Clipsal Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 1:56.5398 01.9415
19 Mobil 1 HSV Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 1:56.7633 02.1650
20 MEGA Racing Jason Bright Ford Falcon FG/X 1:56.8276 02.2293
21 Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 1:56.8496 02.2513
22 LD Motorsport Taz Douglas Holden Commodore VF 1:56.9436 02.3453
23 LD Motorsport Alex Rullo Holden Commodore VF 1:58.1034 03.5051
24 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 2:02.0904 07.4921
25 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 2:08.6243 14.0260
26 Team Harvey Norman Simona De Silvestro Nissan Altima

Result: Coates Hire Supercars Challenge Qualifying Race 4

1 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:54.66
2 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG/X 1:54.68 0:00.0241
3 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 1:54.70 0:00.0402
4 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 1:54.86 0:00.2089
5 carsales Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:55.19 0:00.5307
6 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:55.23 0:00.5707
7 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:55.40 0:00.7444
8 Mobil 1 HSV Racing James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:55.40 0:00.7458
9 Erebus Penrite Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore VF 1:55.44 0:00.7836
10 Mobil 1 HSV Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 1:55.47 0:00.8135
11 MEGA Racing Jason Bright Ford Falcon FG/X 1:55.52 0:00.8605
12 Team Clipsal Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 1:55.52 0:00.8683
13 TEKNO Woodstock Racing Will Davison Holden Commodore VF 1:55.53 0:00.8791
14 Preston Hire Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 1:55.56 0:00.9078
15 The Bottle-O Racing Team Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 1:55.61 0:00.9579
16 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 1:55.72 0:01.0619
17 Team CoolDrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 1:55.78 0:01.1254
18 Wilson Security Racing GRM James Moffat Holden Commodore VF 1:55.81 0:01.1509
19 Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 1:55.87 0:01.2139
20 Sengled Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:55.90 0:01.2395
21 Wilson Security Racing GRM Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:55.95 0:01.2929
22 LD Motorsport Taz Douglas Holden Commodore VF 1:57.01 0:02.3499
23 Team Harvey Norman Simona De Silvestro Nissan Altima 1:57.59 0:02.9359
24 LD Motorsport Alex Rullo Holden Commodore VF 1:58.29 0:03.6340
25 TeamVortex Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF
26 Shell V-Power Racing Team Scott McLaughlin Ford Falcon FG/X

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