DJRTP locks out front row for AGP opening heats

Fabian Coulthard

Fabian Coulthard has slashed the Supercars qualifying record as he and Scott McLaughlin locked out the front row for Races 1 and 2 at Albert Park.

Utilising the new Dunlop super-soft tyres, Coulthard qualified on pole for both races, while Jamie Whincup recovered from his practice doldrums to qualify third and fourth, respectively.

Qualifying for Race 1

Fabian Coulthard slashed almost 0.7s from the qualifying lap record as DJR Team Penske locked out the front row.

Coulthard laid down a 1:54.39s lap, while his team-mate Scott McLaughlin drove around Albert Park in 1:54.64s.

While many of the initial front-runners opted for only one flying lap, Tim Slade moved up to third with a second attempt, albeit 0.4s adrift of the Shell V-Power Falcons.

Jamie Whincup bounced back from a lacklustre practice session to finish fourth, ahead of David Reynolds, Chaz Mostert, Shane van Gisbergen, Michael Caruso, Rick Kelly, and Jason Bright.

Lee Holdsworth pulled off with smoke coming from his Preston Hire Commodore and was left in 25th, while Nick Percat didn’t make it beyond pit exit with suspected engine issues.

Qualifying for Race 2

DJRTP repeated the feat in qualifying for Race 2, though not as emphatically.

Coulthard was the only man to lap in the 1:54s this time around, with McLaughlin 0.1s adrift.

Jamie Whincup this time made a second attempt at a flying lap, elevating the #88 Red Bull HRT Commodore to third in the process.

Chaz Mostert, Michael Caruso, Tim Slade, Shane van Gisbergen, Garth Tander, Cameron Waters, and David Reynolds made up the top 10.

Neither Holdsworth nor Percat reappeared, while James Courtney did not set a lap time in his Mobil 1 HSV Racing Commodore.

Qualifying sessions for Races 3 and 4 follow shortly.

Result: Coates Hire Supercars Challenge Qualifying 1   

1 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG/X 1:54.3972
2 Shell V-Power Racing Team Scott McLaughlin Ford Falcon FG/X 1:54.6478 00.2506
3 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 1:55.0870 00.6898
4 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:55.0958 00.6986
5 Erebus Penrite Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore VF 1:55.1446 00.7474
6 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 1:55.1574 00.7602
7 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:55.1934 00.7962
8 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:55.3996 01.0024
9 Sengled Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:55.5392 01.1420
10 MEGA Racing Jason Bright Ford Falcon FG/X 1:55.5451 01.1479
11 TEKNO Woodstock Racing Will Davison Holden Commodore VF 1:55.6428 01.2456
12 The Bottle-O Racing Team Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 1:55.6779 01.2807
13 Team CoolDrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 1:55.7340 01.3368
14 Wilson Security Racing GRM James Moffat Holden Commodore VF 1:55.9255 01.5283
15 Mobil 1 HSV Racing James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:55.9347 01.5375
16 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 1:55.9795 01.5823
17 carsales Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:55.9937 01.5965
18 Mobil 1 HSV Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 1:56.1008 01.7036
19 TeamVortex Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:56.1220 01.7248
20 Wilson Security Racing GRM Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:56.1385 01.7413
21 Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 1:56.5138 02.1166
22 Team Harvey Norman Simona De Silvestro Nissan Altima 1:56.8444 02.4472
23 LD Motorsport Taz Douglas Holden Commodore VF 1:57.2413 02.8441
24 LD Motorsport Alex Rullo Holden Commodore VF 1:58.6335 04.2363
25 Preston Hire Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF
Team Clipsal Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF

Result: Coates Hire Supercars Challenge Qualifying 2

1 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG/X 1:54.8949
2 Shell V-Power Racing Team Scott McLaughlin Ford Falcon FG/X 1:55.0132 00.1183
3 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:55.0863 00.1914
4 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 1:55.2130 00.3181
5 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:55.2695 00.3746
6 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 1:55.3645 00.4696
7 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:55.4558 00.5609
8 Wilson Security Racing GRM Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:55.4642 00.5693
9 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 1:55.4791 00.5842
10 Erebus Penrite Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore VF 1:55.5711 00.6762
11 carsales Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:55.6322 00.7373
12 TEKNO Woodstock Racing Will Davison Holden Commodore VF 1:55.7315 00.8366
13 Sengled Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:55.7472 00.8523
14 TeamVortex Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:55.7486 00.8537
15 Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 1:56.0306 01.1357
16 The Bottle-O Racing Team Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 1:56.0351 01.1402
17 Wilson Security Racing GRM James Moffat Holden Commodore VF 1:56.0489 01.1540
18 Team CoolDrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 1:56.1489 01.2540
19 Mobil 1 HSV Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 1:56.1540 01.2591
20 MEGA Racing Jason Bright Ford Falcon FG/X 1:56.2982 01.4033
21 Team Harvey Norman Simona De Silvestro Nissan Altima 1:56.7643 01.8694
22 LD Motorsport Taz Douglas Holden Commodore VF 1:57.3063 02.4114
23 LD Motorsport Alex Rullo Holden Commodore VF 1:59.0907 04.1958
24 Mobil 1 HSV Racing James Courtney Holden Commodore VF

 

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