J Richards tops Bathurst qualifying

Team BOC's Jason Richards topped qualifying ahead of tomorrow's top ten shootout for Sunday's Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

J Richards tops Bathurst qualifying

After the first session was interrupted by a red flag in the middle of the session when David Reynolds went into the tyres at McPhillamy, the second session was also red-flagged, this time with 90 seconds remaining after Warren Luff bunkered his car on the exit of the final turn.

Whether anyone else could have better Richards time is unclear, but regardless of whether they could have or not, Richards had the time on the board, just eight-hundredths of a a second ahead of Holden Racing Team's Garth Tander.

Lee Holdsworth in his Garry Rogers Holden was the early pacesetter in the second session and ended the session third, with FPR's Mark Winterbottom and the second HRT car of Paul Dumbrell next, both HRT cars showing much improved speed, suggesting their Thursday running was targetted towards race set-up.

Sixth-fastest, and on a lap that looked almost certain to move him up the order and possibly even challenge the top two runners, was Team Vodafone's Craig Lowndes. Regardless, the defending champion safely made it through to tomorrow's top ten shootout.

Completing the drivers who made it through to the shootout for the top ten grid positions were Stone Brothers' Shane van Gisbergen, Jack Daniel's Racing's Todd Kelly, Sprint Gas Racing's Greg Murphy and Supercheap's Russell Ingall, all less than half a second off Richards' effort.

Just missing out on the top ten was Fabian Coulthard in 11th place, while the biggest disappointment must be for Jim Beam Racing in 13th for Steven Johnson and 14th for Warren Luff.

Johnson had topped the final practice earlier in the day before qualifying with a time good enough for seventh, while Luff was in the top ten after the first qualifying session before dropping to 14th in the second, just ahead of the second Sprint Gas car of Jason Bargwanna.

Despite his crash during the first session, David Reynolds still outqualified seven other cars and will line up 25th, the only other casualty taking place earlier in the day in practice, the car of David Sieders and Andrew Fisher hitting the wall at Reid Park, Sieders later qualifying the car in 30th position.

Pos Drivers Make Time 1. J Richards/McConville Holden Commodore VE 2:07.2230 2. G Tander/W Davison Holden Commodore VE 2:07.3030 + 0.0800 3. Holdsworth/Caruso Holden Commodore VE 2:07.4366 + 0.2136 4. Winterbottom/S Richards Ford Falcon FG 2:07.4957 + 0.2727 5. Dumbrell/Baird Holden Commodore VE 2:07.5166 + 0.2936 6. Lowndes/Whincup Ford Falcon FG 2:07.5477 + 0.3247 7. van Gisbergen/A Davison Ford Falcon FG 2:07.6261 + 0.4031 8. T Kelly/R Kelly Holden Commodore VE 2:07.6651 + 0.4421 9. Murphy/Skaife Holden Commodore VE 2:07.6908 + 0.4678 10. Ingall/O Kelly Holden Commodore VE 2:07.7211 + 0.4981 11. Coulthard/Patrizi Ford Falcon FG 2:07.7849 + 0.5619 12. Bright/Reindler Ford Falcon FG 2:07.8048 + 0.5818 13. Johnson/Courtney Ford Falcon FG 2:07.9528 + 0.7298 14. Luff/Webb Ford Falcon FG 2:08.0276 + 0.8046 15. Bargwanna/Noske Holden Commodore VE 2:08.0319 + 0.8089 16. Ritter/Besnard Holden Commodore VE 2:08.2135 + 0.9905 17. Simonsen/J Thompson Ford Falcon FG 2:08.3859 + 1.1629 18. Canto/Youlden Ford Falcon FG 2:08.4119 + 1.1889 19. D'Alberto/A Thompson Holden Commodore VE 2:08.4720 + 1.2490 20. Owen/Price Holden Commodore VE 2:08.7417 + 1.5187 21. McIntyre/Gaunt Ford Falcon FG 2:08.7687 + 1.5457 22. A Jones/B Jones Holden Commodore VE 2:08.9861 + 1.7631 23. Perkins/Wood Holden Commodore VE 2:09.1775 + 1.9545 24. Pretty/Collins Holden Commodore VE 2:09.1893 + 1.9663 25. Reynolds/Priaulx Holden Commodore VE 2:09.2743 + 2.0513 26. Assaillit/Lowe Ford Falcon BF 2:09.3111 + 2.0881 27. Morris/Slade Holden Commodore VE 2:09.3853 + 2.1623 28. Ricciardello/McNally Holden Commodore VE 2:09.6376 + 2.4146 29. Wall/L Tander Ford Falcon BF 2:10.4151 + 3.1921 30. Sieders/Fisher Ford Falcon BF 2:10.6107 + 3.3877 31. Walter/Douglas Holden Commodore VE 2:10.6224 + 3.3994 32. Bayliss/Fiore Holden Commodore VE 2:13.3271 + 6.1041 
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