Ford Performance Racing's Mark Winterbottom topped the times in qualifying ahead of tomorrow's top ten shootout for this weekend's Nikon SuperGP at Surfers Paradise.
Winterbottom was just under two tenths of a second faster than Team Vodafone's Jamie Whincup, who had crashed in practice earlier in the day. Russell Ingall put in a good lap in his Supercheap Auto Commodore to take third, with James Courtney a whisker behind in fourth right at the end of the session after struggling to put in a fast lap for most of it.
Holden Racing Team's Garth Tander and Will Davison were next fastest, Davison leading the times early in the session before dropping down the order, and aborting a lap at the very end of the session as traffic got in his way.
Paul Dumbrell showed pace once again to set the seventh-fastest time, while a trio of Fords complete the top ten in the form of Steven Richards, Jason Bright and Craig Lowndes, Bright involved in contact with Ingall right at the end of the session.
Just missing the top ten was Lee Holdsworth, while both the Kellys were a little further back, Todd 14th and Rick 16th on the timesheets. Surprisingly, both Fabian Coulthard and Shane van Gisbergen didn't even come close to making the shootout, Coulthard 17th and van Gisbergen 18th.
Pos Driver Car Time 1. Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 1:49.2866 2. Jamie Whincup Ford Falcon FG 1:49.4796 + 0.1930 3. Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE 1:49.6480 + 0.3614 4. James Courtney Ford Falcon FG 1:49.6538 + 0.3672 5. Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE 1:49.7201 + 0.4335 6. Will Davison Holden Commodore VE 1:49.7273 + 0.4407 7. Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VE 1:49.7663 + 0.4797 8. Steven Richards Ford Falcon FG 1:49.7716 + 0.4850 9. Jason Bright Ford Falcon FG 1:49.7725 + 0.4859 10. Craig Lowndes Ford Falcon FG 1:49.8324 + 0.5458 11. Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE 1:49.9769 + 0.6903 12. Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE 1:50.0343 + 0.7477 13. Jason Richards Holden Commodore VE 1:50.1165 + 0.8299 14. Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE 1:50.1569 + 0.8703 15. Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE 1:50.3311 + 1.0445 16. Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE 1:50.3497 + 1.0631 17. Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG 1:50.3770 + 1.0904 18. Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 1:50.4474 + 1.1608 19. Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 1:50.4558 + 1.1692 20. David Reynolds Holden Commodore VE 1:50.7162 + 1.4296 21. Cameron McConville Holden Commodore VE 1:50.7488 + 1.4622 22. Jack Perkins Holden Commodore VE 1:50.7819 + 1.4953 23. Tony D'Alberto Holden Commodore VE 1:50.8088 + 1.5222 24. Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:50.8323 + 1.5457 25. Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE 1:51.1242 + 1.8376 26. Tim Slade Holden Commodore VE 1:51.2451 + 1.9585 27. Michael Patrizi Ford Falcon BF 1:51.2679 + 1.9813 28. Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VE 1:51.7650 + 2.4784 29. Mark McNally Holden Commodore VE 1:53.2264 + 3.9398