Mostert, Winterbottom share V8 poles in Perth

Prodrive Racing Australia made a perfect start to Saturday’s V8 Supercars action at Barbagallo Raceway, with Chaz Mostert and Mark Winterbottom sharing the poles for Races 7 and 8.

Mostert, Winterbottom share V8 poles in Perth
Jamie Whincup, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Shane van Gisbergen, Tekno Autosports Holden
Ashl Walsh, Erebus Motorsport Mercedes
Tim Slade, Walkinshaw Racing Holden
Tim Blanchard, Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden
David Wall, Garry Rogers Motorsport Volvo
Michael Caruso, Nissan Motorsport
James Moffat, Nissan Motorsport
Todd Kelly, Nissan Motorsport
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Mostert took his first ever V8 Supercars pole position in the first of the 10-minute sessions, which determined the grid for today’s first race, with a 57.040s flyer. It was enough to hold out team-mate Mark Winterbottom, who fell 0.060s short of pole in a session where the top 24 were covered by barely over a second.

The rest of the top six was dominated by Holdens, with Craig Lowndes leading hometown hero Garth Tander, Shane van Gisbergen, and James Courtney.

Will Davison was the best of the Erebus cars down in ninth, while the Kelly brothers led the Nissan charge, Rick and Todd qualifying 11th and 12th respectively.

After a tough Friday, Rick Kelly was surprised to be so close to the Top 10, saying that a pre-session drifting demonstration played havoc with the surface.

“The track was interesting then,” he said. “Those drift cars put crap everywhere, and it threw the field. It threw a bit of curve ball.”

Scott McLaughlin was 13th in his brand new Volvo S60, while his team-mate David Wall – who set the pace during Friday’s first practice session – was 25th and last.

The surprise of the first session, however, was Jamie Whincup, the points leader managing just 21st on the grid in the Triple Eight Holden.

Winterbottom returns to the top

In the Race 8 qualifying session, the final two minutes ultimately determined the grid, with Winterbottom getting the best of the last-gasp laps to take pole with a 56.901s best – his first P1 in 46 points-paying races. 

Whincup recovered from his first session blunder to take second, 0.033s behind the pole-sitter, while Fabian Coulthard popped up late to take third on the grid.

Lowndes was fourth fastest, ahead of Race 7 pole-sitter Mostert.

Davison was again the best of the Erebus Mercedes in eighth, while Rick Kelly put Nissan in Top 10 with ninth. McLaughlin was again the best of the Volvos, improving slightly on his Race 7 grid spot to take eighth.

Race 7 Qualifying

Pos  Driver  Car   Time  Gap
Chaz Mostert Ford 57.0403  
M.Winterbottom Ford 57.1006 0.0603
Craig Lowndes Holden 57.1194 0.0791
Garth Tander Holden 57.1823 0.1420
S.van Gisbergen Holden 57.1902 0.1499
James Courtney Holden 57.2272 0.1869
David Reynolds Ford 57.3251 0.2848
Jason Bright Holden 57.3295 0.2892
Will Davison Mercedes 57.4188 0.3785
10  Tim Slade Holden 57.4953 0.4550
11  Rick Kelly Nissan 57.6089 0.5686
12  Todd Kelly Nissan 57.6477 0.6074
13  Scott McLaughlin Volvo 57.6906 0.6503
14  Fabian Coulthard Holden 57.6925 0.6522
15  Lee Holdsworth Holden 57.7059 0.6656
16  Ashley Walsh Mercedes 57.7609 0.7206
17  James Moffat Nissan 57.7722 0.7319
18  A.Heimgartner Ford 57.8140 0.7737
19  Dale Wood Holden 57.8167 0.7764
20  Michael Caruso Nissan 57.8236 0.7833
21  Jamie Whincup Holden 57.8694 0.8291
22  Scott Pye Ford 57.9166 0.8763
23  Tim Blanchard Holden 58.0965 1.0562
24  Nick Percat Holden 58.1173 1.0770
25  David Wall Volvo 58.5493 1.5090

Race 8 Qualifying

Pos   Driver   Car  Time  Gap 
M.Winterbottom Ford 56.9013  
Jamie Whincup Holden 56.9349 0.0336
Fabian Coulthard Holden 57.0922 0.1909
Craig Lowndes Holden 57.1001 0.1988
Chaz Mostert Ford 57.1337 0.2324
James Courtney Holden 57.2571 0.3558
David Reynolds Ford 57.2641 0.3628
Will Davison Mercedes 57.2692 0.3679
Rick Kelly Nissan 57.2997 0.3984
10  Tim Slade Holden 57.3117 0.4104
11  Garth Tander Holden 57.3164 0.4151
12  Scott McLaughlin Volvo 57.3993 0.4980
13  Todd Kelly Nissan 57.4077 0.5064
14  Jason Bright Holden 57.4480 0.5467
15  A.Heimgartner Ford 57.4702 0.5689
16  Lee Holdsworth Holden 57.4792 0.5779
17  Michael Caruso Nissan 57.6003 0.6990
18  S.van Gisbergen Holden 57.6372 0.7359
19  Scott Pye Ford 57.7349 0.8336
20  Nick Percat Holden 57.8496 0.9483
21  Dale Wood Holden 57.9242 1.0229
22  James Moffat Nissan 57.9544 1.0531
23  David Wall Volvo 58.0781 1.1768
24  Tim Blanchard Holden 58.3575 1.4562
25  Ashley Walsh Mercedes 58.3623 1.4610

 

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