Craig Lowndes beats Ford Performance Racing duo to Symmons Plains V8 Supercars pole
|Sunday, April 1st 2012, 03:25 GMT|
Craig Lowndes put Holden back on top in qualifying for the second V8 Supercars race of the weekend at Symmons Plains.
After setting a record pace in morning practice, the Triple Eight driver put in an unbeatable 51.0408-second lap halfway through the 20-minute qualifying session for Sunday afternoon's 200-kilometre race.
Ford Performance Racing had dominated Saturday's qualifying session and race, but had to settle for second and third with Will Davison and Mark Winterbottom in this session.
Shane van Gisbergen was fourth for Stone Brothers Ford, followed by reigning champion Jamie Whincup - who was within 0.0881s of Triple Eight team-mate Lowndes' pole time yet four places back on the very close grid.
Just outside the top 10, former GP2 and DTM driver Alexandre Premat showed his best V8 form yet to qualify his Garry Rogers Holden in 11th, just ahead of former champion James Courtney (Holden Racing Team).
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Craig Lowndes Triple 8 Holden 51.0408s 2. Will Davison FPR Ford 51.0561s + 0.0153s 3. Mark Winterbottom FPR Ford 51.0854s + 0.0446s 4. Shane van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Ford 51.1106s + 0.0698s 5. Jamie Whincup Triple 8 Holden 51.1289s + 0.0881s 6. David Reynolds Rod Nash/FPR Ford 51.1989s + 0.1581s 7. Garth Tander HRT Holden 51.2162s + 0.1754s 8. Lee Holdsworth Stone Brothers Ford 51.2224s + 0.1816s 9. Tim Slade Rosenberg/SBR Ford 51.2277s + 0.1869s 10. Jonathon Webb Tekno Holden 51.2957s + 0.2549s 11. Alexandre Premat Garry Rogers Holden 51.3563s + 0.3155s 12. James Courtney HRT Holden 51.3825s + 0.3417s 13. Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Ford 51.4445s + 0.4037s 14. Tony D'Alberto D'Alberto Ford 51.4461s + 0.4053s 15. Rick Kelly Kelly Holden 51.4461s + 0.4053s 16. Taz Douglas Dumbrell Holden 51.4769s + 0.4361s 17. Fabian Coulthard Brad Jones Holden 51.4778s + 0.4370s 18. James Moffat Dick Johnson Ford 51.4926s + 0.4518s 19. Todd Kelly Kelly Holden 51.5074s + 0.4666s 20. Steve Owen Dick Johnson Ford 51.5138s + 0.4730s 21. Michael Patrizi Tekno Holden 51.5180s + 0.4772s 22. Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Holden 51.5310s + 0.4902s 23. Dean Fiore Triple F Ford 51.6710s + 0.6302s 24. Russell Ingall Walkinshaw Holden 51.7106s + 0.6698s 25. Jason Bright Brad Jones Holden 51.7217s + 0.6809s 26. Karl Reindler Kelly Holden 51.8370s + 0.7962s 27. David Russell Kelly Holden 51.8909s + 0.8501s 28. David Wall Britek/BJR Holden 52.1099s + 1.0691s