Lap by Lap: Qualifying 25

  • 24/08/2013
  • By V8 Supercars
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Qualifying is about to get under way for the Winton 360 in Victoria. Who will start from ARMOR ALL Pole Position for the 60/60 Super Sprint?

Mark Winterbottom has claimed the most poles of any current driver at the circuit. 

Whincup and Lowndes to the top early. both with 1min23sec laps.

Two HRT Commodores knock them from the top spot – Courtney leads the way. And Moffat jumps to P1 again, with 14 minutes to go. 

Alex Davison jumps into fourth with a 1min22.9580. 

Slade is bogged. He was up by two-tenths before going off track. Red flag with over 12 mins to go. He will lose his fastest lap and have no further part in the qualifying session. 

Moffat still leading the way, followed by Courtney, Tander, Alex Davison, Ingall. 

Cars are back on the track and circulating. Mark Winterbottom is back in 20th, with teammate Will Davison 21st.

Top two are still in the garage with under 10 minutes to go. 

Caruso and Whincup pop up in the top three – it's Caruso with a 1min22.2294, from Moffat and Whincup.

Just over seven minutes to go and Coulthard into third. Top 10 is Caruso, Moffat, Coulthard, Whincup, Courtney, Will Davison, Reynolds, Winterbottom, Van Gisbergen, Rick Kelly. Bright 12, Tander 13, Lowndes 14, McLaughlin 19. 

Less than five minutes to go and two Nissans still lead. 

D'Alberto goes to eighth, but had two 'green boxes' for the first two sectors. 

Whincup to the top with a minute and a half to go. 

Pye and Ingall to eighth and 10th. 

Caruso off the road on a fast lap and stuck in the mud. 

Chequered flag is out.

Whincup on ARMOR ALL Pole Position – ahead of Caruso, Moffat, Coulthard, Winterbottom, van Gisbergen, Bright, Courtney, Will Davison, Reynolds.

Others to note are Scott Pye in 11, Tander in 16, Lowndes 18, Mostert 19, McLaughlin 23 and Tim Slade to start from 28th position after bringing out the red flag. 

Click here for full session results.

Michael Caruso said it was fantastic to get a result like this one. "Everyone in our whole team, particularly the Norton Hornets side, have been working exceptionally hard. To get a result like this is near on brilliant, to be honest. I went for glory at the end then – I saw on the dash I was on a better lap and went for pole rather than consolidate. It's great to get my first front row start." 

James Moffat was happy to have backed up the speed shown yesterday and predicted the double file rollng restart would be "interesting". 

"Those restarts have been pretty tame this year I reckon, but hopefully the Hornet will be up there and stay out of the action mid-pack."

Race 25, a 60/60 Super Sprint on soft tyres, begins at 3.35pm AEST.

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