Tailem Bend Supercars: Whincup recovers from spin to claim pole

Jamie Whincup will provisionally start the first Supercars race of the weekend from pole position after topping qualifying at the Bend Motorsport Park.

Tailem Bend Supercars: Whincup recovers from spin to claim pole

Whincup trailed down in 21st position after spinning out on his own at turn 12, but propelled himself to the top of the timesheets as soon as the second set of runs began with a time of 1m50.137s.

Whincup’s lap was over half second quicker than first run pacesetter Rick Kelly, but the Red Bull Holden’s pole remains provisional at present, with stewards investigating the manner in which he re-entered the track following his earlier off.

The 35-year-old nearly made contact with James Golding, who had to take evasive action by going over the grass.

"I couldn’t see a thing and I waited for, it felt like five minutes, waiting, waiting, and eventually you just have to go," Whincup said.

"Was that James Golding? I owe him a beer Sunday night."

Kelly was unable to improve on his previous benchmark, allowing Shane van Gisbergen to qualify second and lock out the front-row for Triple Eight Engineering.

Michael Caruso also managed to improve on Kelly time’s, demoting his Nissan teammate to fourth.

Standings leader Scott McLaughlin ended up fifth and the best of the Fords, albeit 0.669s off the pace of pole sitter Whincup.

Van Gisbergen overtook McLaughlin on the penultimate lap but mysteriously slowed down at turn 3, forcing the latter to abort his final flyer. 

The awkward run-in between the two championship contenders is also under investigation by the stewards.

After McLaughlin, Mark Winterbottom was next up in sixth and ahead of Chaz Mostert and Cameron Waters, with Tim Slade and Garth Tander completing the top 10.

Craig Lowndes endured a difficult qualifying session and wounded up 25th, three places ahead of Fabian Coulthard.

Update: Both Whicup and McLaughlin were cleared of any wrongdoing by the stewards following post-qualifying investigation.

Qualifying results:

Cla # Driver Car Laps Time Gap
1 1 Australia Jamie Whincup  Holden Commodore ZB 5 1'50.1371  
2 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen  Holden Commodore ZB 6 1'50.2943 0.1572
3 23 Australia Michael Caruso  Nissan Altima 5 1'50.6964 0.5593
4 15 Australia Rick Kelly  Nissan Altima 5 1'50.7826 0.6455
5 17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin  Ford Falcon FG X 5 1'50.8069 0.6698
6 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom  Ford Falcon FG X 5 1'50.9940 0.8569
7 55 Australia Chaz Mostert  Ford Falcon FG X 6 1'51.0415 0.9044
8 6 Australia Cameron Waters  Ford Falcon FG X 5 1'51.2175 1.0804
9 14 Australia Tim Slade  Holden Commodore ZB 5 1'51.2219 1.0848
10 33 Australia Garth Tander  Holden Commodore ZB 5 1'51.2454 1.1083
11 230 Australia Will Davison  Ford Falcon FG X 4 1'51.3326 1.1955
12 8 Australia Nick Percat  Holden Commodore ZB 4 1'51.4100 1.2729
13 21 Australia Tim Blanchard  Holden Commodore ZB 5 1'51.4329 1.2958
14 18 Australia Lee Holdsworth 
Australia Jason Bright 
Holden Commodore ZB 5 1'51.4775 1.3404
15 19 Australia Jack Le Brocq  Holden Commodore ZB 5 1'51.4849 1.3478
16 34 Australia James Golding  Holden Commodore ZB 5 1'51.5193 1.3822
17 9 Australia David Reynolds  Holden Commodore ZB 6 1'51.5602 1.4231
18 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner  Nissan Altima 5 1'51.5823 1.4452
19 4 Australia Macauley Jones  Holden Commodore ZB 6 1'51.5901 1.4530
20 99 Anton de  Holden Commodore ZB 5 1'51.6773 1.5402
21 78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro  Nissan Altima 5 1'51.8424 1.7053
22 12 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard  Ford Falcon FG X 5 1'51.8455 1.7084
23 2 Australia Scott Pye  Holden Commodore ZB 5 1'51.8571 1.7200
24 25 Australia James Courtney  Holden Commodore ZB 6 1'51.9839 1.8468
25 888 Australia Craig Lowndes  Holden Commodore ZB 5 1'52.1635 2.0264
26 56 New Zealand Richie Stanaway  Ford Falcon FG X 5 1'52.1903 2.0532
27 42 Australia Kurt Kostecki  Holden Commodore ZB 5 1'53.9438 3.8067
28 35 Australia Todd Hazelwood  Ford Falcon FG X 5 1'54.2403 4.1032
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