Bathurst 1000: Jamie Whincup tops preliminary qualifying
|Friday, October 5th 2012, 06:57 GMT|
Jamie Whincup was fastest in preliminary qualifying for V8 Supercars' showpiece Bathurst 1000.
Triple Eight's reigning champion set the pace with a 2m07.7145s in the Holden he will share with Paul Dumbrell on Sunday.
The identity of Whincup's nearest challenger was a surprise, as Brad Jones Racing's Fabian Coulthard got within 0.0786 seconds of toppling the points leader.
Ford Performance Racing duo Mark Winterbottom and Will Davison took third and fourth - Davison having been quickest for a long spell.
The other drivers making it through to Saturday's pole shoot-out were Whincup's team-mate Craig Lowndes, Stone Brothers pair Shane van Gisbergen and Tim Slade, Garth Tander, Steve Owen and David Reynolds.
Tander's presence in the top 10 was particularly impressive given that he had crashed at Turn 2 early in the 40-minute session, causing a red flag. The Holden Racing Team squad performed a rapid repair to get Tander's tank-tape bedecked car back on track.
Positions 11 to 29 in the field are now set, with Jonathon Webb and Jason Bright quickest of those to miss out on shoot-out places, with pole decided in the top-10 run-off on Saturday.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Jamie Whincup Triple 8 Holden 2m07.7145s 2. Fabian Coulthard Brad Jones Holden 2m07.7931s + 0.0786s 3. Mark Winterbottom FPR Ford 2m07.9231s + 0.2086s 4. Will Davison FPR Ford 2m07.9296s + 0.2151s 5. Craig Lowndes Triple 8 Holden 2m07.9663s + 0.2518s 6. Shane van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Ford 2m08.0799s + 0.3654s 7. Tim Slade Rosenberg/SBR Ford 2m08.0912s + 0.3767s 8. Garth Tander HRT Holden 2m08.1045s + 0.3900s 9. Steve Owen Paul Morris/DJR Ford 2m08.1386s + 0.4241s 10. David Reynolds Rod Nash/FPR Ford 2m08.2312s + 0.5167s 11. Jonathon Webb Tekno Holden 2m08.3040s + 0.5895s 12. Jason Bright Brad Jones Holden 2m08.3571s + 0.6426s 13. Rick Kelly Kelly Holden 2m08.3925s + 0.6780s 14. James Courtney HRT Holden 2m08.4692s + 0.7547s 15. Lee Holdsworth Stone Brothers Ford 2m08.5379s + 0.8234s 16. Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Holden 2m08.5409s + 0.8264s 17. James Moffat Dick Johnson Ford 2m08.5849s + 0.8704s 18. Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Ford 2m08.6011s + 0.8866s 19. Todd Kelly Kelly Holden 2m08.8235s + 1.1090s 20. Michael Patrizi Tekno Holden 2m08.8240s + 1.1095s 21. Dean Fiore Triple F/DJR Ford 2m08.8253s + 1.1108s 22. David Wall Britek/BJR Holden 2m08.9091s + 1.1946s 23. Greg Murphy Kelly Holden 2m08.9327s + 1.2182s 24. Tony D'Alberto D'Alberto Ford 2m08.9341s + 1.2196s 25. Russell Ingall Walkinshaw/HRT Holden 2m08.9822s + 1.2677s 26. Jack Perkins Garry Rogers Holden 2m09.1725s + 1.4580s 27. Taz Douglas Dumbrell Holden 2m09.2376s + 1.5231s 28. Karl Reindler Kelly Holden 2m09.3767s + 1.6622s 29. Cameron Waters Kelly Holden 2m10.4865s + 2.7720s