Fabian Coulthard topped V8 Supercars’ Friday qualifying for the Bathurst 1000 in a session characterized by red flags for shunts.
Mark Winterbottom looked to have the best pace throughout the session, setting the quickest time before the final 20 minutes. An early crash into the wall from Thursday practice pacesetter David Reynolds 10 minutes in brought the first red flag out, with another following for a surprise accident for championship leader Jamie Whincup. Those interruptions allowed Winterbottom to maintain an early lead.
Shane van Gisbergen ousted Winterbottom’s time by going just 0.03 seconds quicker with six minutes remaining, before a storming lap from Coulthard allowed him to go half a second faster and set the quickest time of the session in his Brad Jones Holden.
Van Gisbergen looked like he might have missed out on the top 10 prior to the lap that took his Tekno Holden to second, ahead of the late charging Dale Wood in the Britek Commodore.
Early pacesetter Winterbottom finished fourth and top Ford, with Scott McLaughlin in fifth for Volvo.
Jason Bright added to a good session for the Commodores in sixth, despite running onto the grass toward the end of the session, a feat replicated by seventh placed Jack Perkins.
Garth Tander and Craig Lowndes rounded out the top 10 going into Saturday’s pole shootout.
The newly resurfaced track’s lack of grip shook up the established order for V8 Supercars’ biggest race, with many of the regular frontrunners, including James Courtney and Chaz Mostert, unable to break into the top 10.
Whincup’s trip into the wall leaves him and co-driver Paul Dumbrell with a lot of work to do on race day, when they will start 25th, having struggled with grip all weekend.
FRIDAY QUALIFYING TIMES:
|1||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing||Holden||2m 05.6080s||–|
|2||Shane van Gisbergen||Team TEKNO V.I.P. Petfoods||Holden||2m 05.7011s||0.0931s|
|3||Dale Wood||Team ADVAM/GB||Holden||2m 06.2391s||0.6311s|
|4||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Pepsi Max Crew||Ford||2m 06.2556s||0.6476s|
|5||Scott McLaughlin||Valvoline Racing GRM||Volvo||2m 06.3358s||0.7278s|
|6||Jason Bright||Team BOC||Holden||2m 06.4769s||0.8689s|
|7||Jack Perkins||Team JELD-WEN||Ford||2m 06.5347s||0.9267s|
|8||James Moffat||Norton Hornets||Nissan||2m 06.6088s||1.0008s|
|9||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team||Holden||2m 06.6195s||1.0115s|
|10||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing Australia||Holden||2m 06.7069s||1.0989s|
|11||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team||Holden||2m 06.7150s||1.1070s|
|12||Nick Percat||Walkinshaw Racing||Holden||2m 06.7451s||1.1371s|
|13||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Nissan||2m 06.8090s||1.2010s|
|14||Chaz Mostert||Ford Pepsi Max Crew||Ford||2m 06.8385s||1.2305s|
|15||Michael Caruso||Norton Hornets||Nissan||2m 06.8898s||1.2818s|
|16||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Nissan||2m 06.8902s||1.2822s|
|17||Scott Pye||Wilson Security Racing||Ford||2m 07.2720s||1.6640s|
|18||Will Davison||Erebus Motorsport||Mercedes||2m 07.4989s||1.8909s|
|19||Lee Holdsworth||Erebus Motorsport||Mercedes||2m 07.5463s||1.9383s|
|20||Russell Ingall||Repair Management Australia Racing||Holden||2m 07.5760s||1.9680s|
|21||Tim Slade||Supercheap Auto Racing||Holden||2m 07.8996s||2.2916s|
|22||Robert Dahlgren||Valvoline Racing GRM||Volvo||2m 08.2603s||2.6523s|
|23||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing||Ford||2m 08.3854s||2.7774s|
|24||Ant Pedersen||Super Black Racing||Ford||2m 08.4896s||2.8816s|
|25||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing Australia||Holden||2m 19.5136s||13.9056s|
|26||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Ford||3m 48.1345s||1m 42.5265s|
Positions 11th back set by Friday qualifying, 1-10 go through to Saturday pole shootout