V8 Supercars: Coulthard leads Bathurst qualifying

V8 Supercars: Coulthard leads Bathurst qualifying

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V8 Supercars: Coulthard leads Bathurst qualifying

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:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
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

Originally on Autosport.com

 

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