Whincup heads Bathurst 1000 qualifying

Whincup heads Bathurst 1000 qualifying

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Whincup heads Bathurst 1000 qualifying

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Multiple V8 Supercar champion Jamie Whincup set the pace in a closely fought qualifying session at Bathurst. The Triple 8 Holden driver headed the times in the session deciding who will make the top 10 shoot-out on Saturday.

FPR’s Mark Winterbottom was second fastest from Brad Jones Racing’s Jason Bright.

Former champion James Courtney was fourth fastest, but his HRT teammate Garth Tander was bumped to 11th in the closing seconds of the session and will not be in the fight for pole.

Shane van Gisbergen was fifth fastest ahead of the second Triple 8 car of Craig Lowndes.

Will Davison was eighth, David Reynolds ninth, while former DTM racer Alex Premat did a great job to get his Garry Rogers Holden into the top 10.

Having got the nod to qualify the Xbox One Triple 8 car ahead of more experienced teammate Andy Priaulx, former DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom ran in the top 10 for much of the session, but was bumped down to 18th during the fraught final minutes.

Pos  Qual Driver          Team/Car               Time        Gap 1.  Jamie Whincup        Triple Eight Holden    2m08.0054s 2.  Mark Winterbottom    FPR Ford               2m08.0612s  +0.0558s 3.  Jason Bright         Brad Jones Holden      2m08.2184s  +0.2130s 4.  James Courtney       HRT Holden             2m08.2476s  +0.2422s 5.  Shane van Gisbergen  Tekno Holden           2m08.2824s  +0.2770s 6.  Craig Lowndes        Triple 8 Holden        2m08.4042s  +0.3988s 7.  Will Davison         FPR Ford               2m08.4451s  +0.4397s 8.  David Reynolds       Rod Nash/FPR Ford      2m08.4475s  +0.4421s 9.  Scott McLaughlin     Garry Rogers Holden    2m08.5792s  +0.5738s10.  Alexandre Premat     Garry Rogers Holden    2m08.5900s  +0.5846s11.  Garth Tander         HRT Holden             2m08.6376s  +0.6322s12.  Lee Holdsworth       Erebus Mercedes        2m08.7156s  +0.7102s13.  David Wall           Britek/BJR Holden      2m08.8677s  +0.8623s14.  Fabian Coulthard     Brad Jones Holden      2m08.8696s  +0.8642s15.  Tony D'Alberto       D'Alberto Holden       2m08.8834s  +0.8780s16.  Steven Johnson       Erebus Mercedes        2m08.9303s  +0.9249s17.  Michael Caruso       Nissan                 2m08.9320s  +0.9266s18.  Mattias Ekstrom      Triple Eight Holden    2m09.0000s  +0.9946s19.  James Moffat         Nissan                 2m09.1029s  +1.0975s20.  Jonathon Webb        Tekno Holden           2m09.1358s  +1.1304s21.  Tim Blanchard        Dick Johnson Ford      2m09.1912s  +1.1858s22.  Scott Pye            Dumbrell Holden        2m09.3431s  +1.3377s23.  Todd Kelly           Nissan                 2m09.3458s  +1.3404s24.  Rick Kelly           Nissan                 2m09.4861s  +1.4807s25.  Russell Ingall       Walkinshaw/HRT Holden  2m09.5935s  +1.5881s26.  Alex Davison         Schwerkolt/FPR Ford    2m09.6668s  +1.6614s27.  Dean Fiore           Dumbrell Holden        2m09.6968s  +1.6914s

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