Whincup on Townsville race one pole
|By David Wright||Saturday, July 10th 2010, 08:13 GMT|
Team Vodafone's Jamie Whincup took pole position for race one of the Sucrogen Townsville 400 after his team-mate Craig Lowndes made an error late on his shootout lap.
Lowndes had been fastest in the session beforehand and looked set for a front row start at worst, as he was up on his team-mate through the first two sectors. But late in the lap he locked his rear brakes at the hairpin, losing time and dropping all the way down to 10th position.
Next best was Mark Winterbottom, three tenths off Whincup's pace, with Garth Tander and Jason Bright in third and fourth places more than half a second off pole.
The two Jim Beam cars line up next, points leader James Courtney just ahead of Steven Johnson. Fabian Coulthard, Lee Holdsworth, Shane van Gisbergen and Lowndes complete the top ten.
The two Jack Daniel's Racing cars of Todd and Rick Kelly just missed the top 10 in 12th and 13th, just ahead of the second HRT car of Will Davison.
Team-mates Greg Murphy and Russell Ingall struggled badly in qualifying, down in 23rd and 27th in cars very similar to that on pole position.
Another car down the field in 25th position was Team BOC's Jason Richards, a surprising result after he was fastest during Friday's practice sessions.
Pos Driver Car Time 1. Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE 1m13.3223s 2. Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 1m13.6361s +0.3138s 3. Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE 1m13.8638s +0.5415s 4. Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE 1m13.8859s +0.5636s 5. James Courtney Ford Falcon FG 1m13.9123s +0.5900s 6. Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 1m13.9416s +0.6193s 7. Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE 1m14.0071s +0.6848s 8. Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE 1m14.0149s +0.6926s 9. Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 1m14.5248s +1.2025s 10. Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE 1m14.6617s +1.3394s 11. Steven Richards Ford Falcon FG 1m13.6230s +0.3007s 12. Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE 1m13.6450s +0.3227s 13. Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE 1m13.6708s +0.3485s 14. Will Davison Holden Commodore VE 1m13.7111s +0.3888s 15. Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE 1m13.7701s +0.4478s 16. Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE 1m13.8024s +0.4801s 17. Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 1m13.8851s +0.5628s 18. Andrew Thompson Holden Commodore VE 1m14.0246s +0.7023s 19. Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 1m14.0263s +0.7040s 20. Cameron McConville Holden Commodore VE 1m14.1207s +0.7984s 21. Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE 1m14.1392s +0.8169s 22. Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 1m14.1621s +0.8398s 23. Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE 1m14.2218s +0.8995s 24. Paul Dumbrell Ford Falcon FG 1m14.2494s +0.9271s 25. Jason Richards Holden Commodore VE 1m14.2771s +0.9548s 26. Tony D'Alberto Holden Commodore VE 1m14.2850s +0.9627s 27. Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE 1m14.4912s +1.1689s 28. Jonathon Webb Ford Falcon FG 1m14.5145s +1.1922s 29. Tony Ricciardello Holden Commodore VE 1m15.1660s +1.8437s