Whincup leads second straight Triple Eight lockout

Jamie Whincup

Red Bull Ampol Racing duo Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen will share the front row for Race 16 in Townsville after the former prevailed in the Top 10 Shootout.

Today’s top two in the one-lap dash at the NTI Townsville SuperSprint was essentially a mirror image of what happened the afternoon prior, when van Gisbergen was quickest over his team-mate by more than three tenths of a second.

This time, Whincup was last out and clocked a tidy 1:12.3107s in the #88 ZB Commodore, straight after the Repco Supercars Championship leader had driven the #97 ZB Commodore to a 1:12.6556s.

“It was good,” said the Race 16 pole-sitter and Race 15 runner-up.

“I put it all on the line like I did yesterday but got a much smoother lap.

“As I said on the in-lap, big credit to the engineers. They probably could have called it safe and run yesterday’s set-up but had a crack and boom, got the cookies for them.”

Brad Jones Racing’s Todd Hazelwood was the big mover, jumping to third on the grid from a provisional ninth with a 1:12.6977s in the #14 Pizza Hut ZB Commodore.

Despite running on used tyres, Hazelwood was still quickest even when #97 arrived at the second sector.

He will share Row 2 with team-mate Nick Percat (#8 R&J Batteries ZB Commodore), whose rear lock-up at Turn 2 proved not especially costly in the end.

Percat’s 1:12.7131s was marginally faster than Anton De Pasquale’s 1:12.7254s in the #11 Mustang, the Shell V-Power Racing Team driver having understeered at Turn 2.

Cameron Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang) kicked up a little bit of dirt exiting Turn 6 as he set a 1:12.8763s to qualify sixth.

Will Brown (#9 Pedders ZB Commodore) was another to lock the rears at Turn 2, but still bagged seventh on used tyres courtesy of a 1:12.9726s.

Will Davison (#17 Shell V-Power Mustang) was eighth-fastest with a 1:12.9821s after locking the rears into Turn 11.

Tim Slade (#3 CoolDrive Mustang) could only manage a 1:13.4602s, having run on used tyres after going through three sets to get into the Shootout on the day prior.

Nevertheless, he moved up one spot from his provisional grid position to ninth given David Reynolds (#26 Penrite Mustang) missed the apex at Turn 2 on his way to a 1:13.4949s.

The second and final 250km race of the weekend is set to start this afternoon at 14:45 local time/AEST.

Results: Top 10 Shootout for Race 16, NTI Townsville 500

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 1:12.3107  
2 97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1:12.6556 0:00.3449
3 14 Pizza Hut Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:12.6977 0:00.3870
4 8 R&J Batteries Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 1:12.7131 0:00.4024
5 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 1:12.7254 0:00.4147
6 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 1:12.8763 0:00.5656
7 9 Erebus Pedders Racing William Brown Holden Commodore ZB 1:12.9726 0:00.6619
8 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 1:12.9821 0:00.6714
9 3 CoolDrive Racing Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 1:13.4602 0:01.1495
10 26 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 1:13.4949 0:01.1842

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