Lowndes takes pole positions for both Race 4 and 5

Craig Lowndes is off to a flying start in Tasmania.

Lowndes takes pole positions for both Race 4 and 5
Craig Lowndes, Red Bull Holden
Craig Lowndes, Red Bull Holden drives in Adelaide
Craig Lowndes, Red Bull Holden
Shane van Gisbergen, Tekno Autosports Holden
Jamie Whincup, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Andre Heimgartner, Super Black Racing Ford
Scott Pye, Team Penske Ford
Scott Pye, Team Penske Ford

With the V8 Supercars double qualifying sessions coming to a close ahead of today’s sprint races, it was Red Bull Racing driver, Craig Lowndes, who captured both pole positions on a sunny day in Tasmania.

Although Lowndes had his ups and downs yesterday during the very wet practice sessions, the weather improved today which allowed the 40-year old to show why he’s still the people’s champion.

Practice 1

With Lowndes posting a 0:51.655 during the first 10-minute session, he was followed very closely by Mark Winterbottom who was only .047s off of the Red Bull driver’s time. With Lowndes and ‘Frosty’ occupying the front row, Holden Racing Team (HRT) driver, James Courtney will start beside Erebus Motorsports’ Will Davison with David Reynolds completing the top-five starting grid for Race 4.

Shane van Gisbergen was involved in an incident with Erebus driver, Ash Walsh, after the former locked up the rear wheels and skidded into the back of the latter. As a result, the ‘Gis’ was penalized two grid positions and also will be starting the race with damage to the front end.

Practice 2

With Lowndes once again pushing out the fastest time with a slightly quicker 0:51.621, his teammate and six-time champion, Jamie Whincup, found his form and slotted into second which will allow Red Bull to lock-out the front row for Race 5.

Courtney once was once again just outside the front row and will start beside Reynolds.

A surprise for many was the addition of newcomer, Andre Heimgartner, to the top-five. The young Kiwi just received the new Ford Falcon FG X and seems to be putting its new aero package to immediate good use.

Pye in for Ambrose

Scott Pye, who is stepping into the shoes of Marcos Ambrose, didn’t have the performance he was looking for with a 15th and an 18th during the qualifying sessions.

Top ten

Completing the top ten were Garth Tander, Winterbottom, Scott McLaughlin, Davison and van Gisbergen.

Grid for race 4

 Pos  Driver   Car    Time   Gap 
1 Craig Lowndes Holden 51.6558 -
2 M.Winterbottom Ford 51.7030 0.0472
3 James Courtney Holden 51.7675 0.1117
4 Will Davison Mercedes 51.7889 0.1331
5 David Reynolds Ford 51.7942 0.1384
6 S.van Gisbergen Holden 51.8378 0.1820
7 Chaz Mostert Ford 51.8875 0.2317
8 Jamie Whincup Holden 51.9057 0.2499
9 Garth Tander Holden 51.9852 0.3294
10 Tim Slade Holden 52.0973 0.4415
11 A.Heimgartner Ford 52.1210 0.4652
12 Todd Kelly Nissan 52.1442 0.4884
13 Fabian Coulthard Holden 52.1596 0.5038
14 Lee Holdsworth Holden 52.1926 0.5368
15 Scott Pye Ford 52.1959 0.5401
16 James Moffat Nissan 52.2040 0.5482
17 Scott McLaughlin Volvo 52.2061 0.5503
18 Dale Wood Holden 52.2363 0.5805
19 Rick Kelly Nissan 52.2420 0.5862
20 Ashley Walsh Mercedes 52.2641 0.6083
21 Michael Caruso Nissan 52.2727 0.6169
22 Jason Bright Holden 52.2829 0.6271
23 Nick Percat Holden 52.3908 0.7350
24 David Wall Volvo 52.4557 0.7999
25 Tim Blanchard Holden 52.6047 0.9489

Grid for race 5

Pos   Driver   Car   Time  Gap 
1 Craig Lowndes Holden 51.6213 -
2 Jamie Whincup Holden 51.7188 0.0975
3 James Courtney Holden 51.7550 0.1337
4 David Reynolds Ford 51.8263 0.2050
5 A.Heimgartner Ford 51.8336 0.2123
6 Garth Tander Holden 51.8663 0.2450
7 M.Winterbottom Ford 51.8817 0.2604
8 Scott McLaughlin Volvo 51.9132 0.2919
9 Will Davison Mercedes 51.9332 0.3119
10 S.van Gisbergen Holden 51.9398 0.3185
11 Lee Holdsworth Holden 51.9442 0.3229
12 Todd Kelly Nissan 51.9518 0.3305
13 Fabian Coulthard Holden 51.9520 0.3307
14 Chaz Mostert Ford 51.9531 0.3318
15 Tim Slade Holden 51.9663 0.3450
16 Rick Kelly Nissan 52.0023 0.3810
17 Jason Bright Holden 52.0702 0.4489
18 Scott Pye Ford 52.1055 0.4842
19 Dale Wood Holden 52.1556 0.5343
20 Ashley Walsh Mercedes 52.2204 0.5991
21 James Moffat Nissan 52.2912 0.6699
22 Nick Percat Holden 52.3292 0.7079
23 Michael Caruso Nissan 52.3578 0.7365
24 David Wall Volvo 52.4435 0.8222
25 Tim Blanchard Holden 52.5512 0.9299
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