Randle takes pole for Super2 Race 1 by 0.07s
Thomas Randle has qualified on Armor All Pole Position for Race 1 of the Dunlop Super2 Series at Queensland Raceway in a closely fought session.
Just over a tenth of a second covered the top four of Randle, Kurt Kostecki, series leader Bryce Fullwood, and Jack Perkins, while first to ninth spanned less than three tenths.
Zane Goddard was fastest before the final runs on a 1:10.9922s but his next flyer, a 1:10.7041s would not count due to a breach of track limits at Turn 2.
Randle went faster anyway with a 1:10.5227s moments later in the #5 Tickford Racing FGX Falcon and while he could not improve on his next lap, as has been the trend thus far this weekend, that lap was good enough for a second career Super2 pole.
Kurt Kostecki, also seeking a second pole in the series after getting his first three weeks ago in Townsville, fell 0.0705s short on his first green tyre lap in the #55 Triple Eight VF Commodore.
He was two hundredths of a second slower on his next lap, and went hard again on the third, setting the fastest first sector.
However, a yellow flag at Turn 3 for the stricken Matt Chahda (#18 Matt Chahda Motorsport FGX Falcon) is believed to have caused Kurt Kostecki to back out of the lap and he remained on the outside of the front row.
Fullwood (#16 MW Motorsport Altima) was 0.1164s off the pace, and Perkins (#54 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore) 0.1235s away from Randle.
Goddard’s second green tyre lap did count as he put the #28 MW Motorsport Altima fifth on the grid, from Jake Kostecki ($56 Kostecki Brothers Racing VF Commodore), Tyler Everingham (#27 MW Motorsport Altima), Dylan O’Keeffe (#44 Garry Rogers Motorsport VF Commodore), Jack Smith (#21 Brad Jones Racing VF Commodore), and Brenton Grove (#10 Triple Eight VF Commodore).
Ash Walsh (#35 Matt Stone Racing VF Commodore) was 11th and Will Brown (#38 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore) 14th.
Race 1 of Round 4, scheduled for 20 laps, is due to start at 1455 local time/AEST.
Results: Armor All Qualifying
|1||5||Skye Sands||Thomas Randle||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:10.5227|
|2||55||Arcoweld Racing||Kurt Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||1:10.5932||0:00.0705|
|3||16||Middy’s Electrical / MWM||Bryce Fullwood||Nissan Altima||1:10.6391||0:00.1164|
|4||54||Eggleston Motorsport||Jack Perkins||Holden Commodore VF||1:10.6462||0:00.1235|
|5||28||BGD Architects / MWM||Zane Goddard||Nissan Altima||1:10.7236||0:00.2009|
|6||56||Team Arcoweld Racing||Jake Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||1:10.7717||0:00.2490|
|7||27||Lowes Petoleum / MWM||Tyler Everingham||Nissan Altima||1:10.7793||0:00.2566|
|8||44||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Dylan O’Keeffe||Holden Commodore VF||1:10.8046||0:00.2819|
|9||21||SCT Logistics||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore VF||1:10.8086||0:00.2859|
|10||10||Grove Hire Racing||Brenton Grove||Holden Commodore VF||1:10.8503||0:00.3276|
|11||35||Matt Stone Racing||Ashley Walsh||Holden Commodore VF||1:10.8962||0:00.3735|
|12||15||Image Racing||Adam Marjoram||Holden Commodore VF||1:10.9554||0:00.4327|
|13||88||Eggleston Motorsport||Justin Ruggier||Holden Commodore VF||1:10.9611||0:00.4384|
|14||38||Eggleston Motorsport||William Brown||Holden Commodore VF||1:11.0120||0:00.4893|
|15||49||Image Racing||Jordan Boys||Holden Commodore VF||1:11.0172||0:00.4945|
|16||99||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Mason Barbera||Holden Commodore VF||1:11.2058||0:00.6831|
|17||18||Cavaliar Homes Australia||Matthew Chahda||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:11.3198||0:00.7971|