Jamie Whincup shook off a hit with the wall to take pole for Supercars Championship Race 4 at Albert Park after Triple Eight team-mate Shane van Gisbergen qualified fastest for Race 3.
Whincup made for a Red Bull Holden Racing Team lockout at the front of the grid for tomorrow afternoon’s opening 100km race of the Beaurepaires Melbourne 400, and will have Tickford Racing’s Cameron Waters alongside him for the start of Race 4 on Saturday after the rapid-fire, 10-minute qualifying sessions.
Qualifying for Race 3
Van Gisbergen (#97 ZB Commodore) recorded a 1:55.2240s to qualify on pole while Whincup (#88 ZB Commodore) took second with a 1:55.3130s despite a significant whack of the wall exiting Turn 10.
Will Davison put the #23 Milwaukee Mustang into third with a 1:55.3181s and will be joined on the second row by Scott McLaughlin (#17 Shell V-Power Mustang).
Rounding out the top 10 were Andre Heimgartner (#7 Ned Mustang), Anton De Pasquale (#99 Penrite ZB Commodore), Nick Percat (#8 Dunlop ZB Commodore), Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang), Lee Holdsworth (#5 Truck Assist Mustang), and Chaz Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online ZB Commodore).
Fabian Coulthard (#12 Shell V-Power Mustang) ended up 12th and David Reynolds (#9 Penrite ZB Commodore) was only 17th having been something of a victim of the unique format for the weekend.
The Erebus Motorsport driver had to go for a second flying lap on the only set of soft compound tyres he had at his disposal for the first of four qualifying sessions at Albert Park, having breached track limits on his initial flyer, but the life had by then already gone from his rubber.
Jake Kostecki (#34 Unit ZB Commodore) did not set a time at all having run over the yellow line exiting Turn 12, like Reynolds, on two laps, while Macauley Jones (#3 CoolDrive ZB Commodore) did not make the session after a crash in Practice 2.
Qualifying for Race 4
Whincup fell just short of van Gisbergen’s effort in the preceding session but was still at least 0.1118s faster than anyone else with a 1:55.2809s on his only flyer.
Waters took second, from Davison, van Gisbergen, McLaughlin, and Reynolds, with the top four covered by 0.2227s on a nearly two-minute lap.
Mostert waited in his garage until everyone else had finished their sessions to go for his time attack in the #25 Walkinshaw Andretti United entry and clocked the fastest first sector before reaching the chequered flag at a time of 1:55.9020s, which left him seventh.
The top 10 was completed by Holdsworth, Heimgartner, and Coulthard, with De Pasquale 11th and Garry Jacobson (#35 Yellow Cover ZB Commodore) 12th.
The qualifying sessions for Races 5 and 6 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship take place tomorrow at 10:10 and 10:30 local time/AEDT respectively, while Race 3 runs in the afternoon.
Results: Qualifying for Race 3, Beaurepaires Melbourne 400
|1||97||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||1:55.2240|
|2||88||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||1:55.3130||0:00.0890|
|3||23||Milwaukee Racing||Will Davison||Ford Mustang GT||1:55.3181||0:00.0941|
|4||17||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Mustang GT||1:55.4367||0:00.2127|
|5||7||NED Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Mustang GT||1:55.5335||0:00.3095|
|6||99||Penrite Racing||Anton De Pasquale||Holden Commodore ZB||1:55.5721||0:00.3481|
|7||8||Dunlop Super Dealer Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||1:55.6892||0:00.4652|
|8||6||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||1:55.7810||0:00.5570|
|9||5||Truck Assist Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Ford Mustang GT||1:55.7843||0:00.5603|
|10||25||Mobil 1 TM Appliances Online||Chaz Mostert||Holden Commodore ZB||1:55.8229||0:00.5989|
|11||18||IRWIN Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Holden Commodore ZB||1:55.8601||0:00.6361|
|12||12||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Mustang GT||1:55.9562||0:00.7322|
|13||15||Castrol Racing||Rick Kelly||Ford Mustang GT||1:55.9580||0:00.7340|
|14||20||DEWALT Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||1:56.0515||0:00.8275|
|15||55||Supercheap Auto Racing||Jack Le Brocq||Ford Mustang GT||1:56.1348||0:00.9108|
|16||14||Plus Fitness Racing||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:56.4387||0:01.2147|
|17||9||Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore ZB||1:56.4631||0:01.2391|
|18||22||Team SYDNEY||Chris Pither||Holden Commodore ZB||1:56.6115||0:01.3875|
|19||35||Yellow Cover Racing||Garry Jacobson||Holden Commodore ZB||1:56.8065||0:01.5825|
|20||19||Local Legends||Alex Davison||Holden Commodore ZB||1:56.8568||0:01.6328|
|21||2||Mobil 1 TM Middy’s Racing||Bryce Fullwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:57.3218||0:02.0978|
|22||4||SCT Motor Sports||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore ZB||1:57.5215||0:02.2975|
|23||34||UNIT Racing||Jake Kostecki||Holden Commodore ZB|
Results: Qualifying for Race 4, Beaurepaires Melbourne 400
|1||88||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||1:55.2809|
|2||6||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||1:55.3927||0:00.1118|
|3||23||Milwaukee Racing||Will Davison||Ford Mustang GT||1:55.4023||0:00.1214|
|4||97||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||1:55.5036||0:00.2227|
|5||17||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Mustang GT||1:55.8544||0:00.5735|
|6||9||Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore ZB||1:55.8682||0:00.5873|
|7||25||Mobil 1 TM Appliances Online||Chaz Mostert||Holden Commodore ZB||1:55.9020||0:00.6211|
|8||5||Truck Assist Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Ford Mustang GT||1:55.9921||0:00.7112|
|9||7||NED Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Mustang GT||1:56.0697||0:00.7888|
|10||12||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Mustang GT||1:56.0919||0:00.8110|
|11||99||Penrite Racing||Anton De Pasquale||Holden Commodore ZB||1:56.1554||0:00.8745|
|12||35||Yellow Cover Racing||Garry Jacobson||Holden Commodore ZB||1:56.1875||0:00.9066|
|13||14||Plus Fintess Racing||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:56.2155||0:00.9346|
|14||55||Supercheap Auto Racing||Jack Le Brocq||Ford Mustang GT||1:56.3015||0:01.0206|
|15||18||IRWIN Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Holden Commodore ZB||1:56.3075||0:01.0266|
|16||8||Dunlop Super Dealer Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||1:56.3135||0:01.0326|
|17||15||Castrol Racing||Rick Kelly||Ford Mustang GT||1:56.5112||0:01.2303|
|18||2||Mobil 1 TM Middy’s Racing||Bryce Fullwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:56.6734||0:01.3925|
|19||20||DEWALT Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||1:56.7439||0:01.4630|
|20||19||Local Legends||Alex Davison||Holden Commodore ZB||1:56.8840||0:01.6031|
|21||34||UNIT Racing||Jake Kostecki||Holden Commodore ZB||1:57.2207||0:01.9398|
|22||4||SCT Motor Sports||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore ZB||1:57.6305||0:02.3496|
|23||22||Team SYDNEY||Chris Pither||Holden Commodore ZB||1:58.2329||0:02.9520|