JAMIE WHINCUP/No.88 Team Vodafone is on pole for Round 22 of the Armor All Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercar race Sunday afternoon at Surfer’s Paradise. His time was a sizzling 1:10.9615, literally set in the last few seconds of the forty-minute qualifying session. Whincup’s co-driver is SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS of France. The duo were on pole for Saturday’s race and won.
Whincup had been fastest early on, and then the top position changed regularly, with CRAIG LOWNDES (ANDY PRIAULX of UK)/No.888 Team Vodafone Holden, GARTH TANDER (RYAN BRISCOE of Australia)/2 Toll Holden Racing Team, and MARK WINTERBOTTOM (RICHARD LYONS of Ireland/No.5 Orrcon Steel FPR Ford all being on top at least once.
The Tander team was all set to celebrate after the checkered flag flew, but Whincup was still on his hot lap, and pipped Tander.
Whincup’s lap was a record, as were the laps turned by Tander, Winterbottom, WILL DAVISON (MIKA SALO)/No.6 Trading Post FPR Ford, and Lowndes.
Tander has been widely quoted of late as wanting to be the cat among the two pigeons – the Team Vodafone Holden drivers, CRAIG LOWNDES and JAMIE WHINCUP, who are battling for the V8 Championship. It should be an interesting race, with that in mind, and PAUL DUMBRELL (CHRISTIAN KLIEN)/No.55 The Bottle-O Racing Team Ford having some publicized scores to settle in his last three races before retirement.
ROUND 22 ARMOR ALL GOLD COAST V8 Supercars Qualifying
1 – JAMIE WHINCUP & SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS – Holden
2 – GARTH TANDER & RYAN BRISCOE – Holden
3 – MARK WINTERBOTTOM & RICHARD LYONS – Ford
4 – WILL DAVISON & MIKA SALO – Ford
5 – CRAIG LOWNDES & ANDY PRIAULX- Holden
6 – STEVE OWEN & BORIS SAID – Holden
7 – GREG MURPHY & OLIVER GAVIN- Holden
8 – LEE HOLDSWORTH & SIMON PAGENAUD – Holden
9 – JAMES MOFFAT & JOEY HAND – Ford
10 – DAVID REYNOLDS & ALEX TAGLIANI- Holden
11 – MICHAEL CARUSO & AUGUSTO FARFUS Jr- Holden
12 – ALEX DAVISON & MARC LIEB – Ford
13 – PAUL DUMBRELL & CHRISTIAN KLIEN – Ford
14 – RICK KELLY & JORG BERGMEISTER- Holden
15 – FABIAN COULTHARD & PATRICK LONG- Holden
16 – RUSSELL INGALL & JAN MAGNUSSEN- Holden
17 – TODD KELLY & RICHARD WESTBROOK- Holden
18 – SHANE VAN GISBERGEN & EMANUELE PIRRO – Ford
19 – JONATHAN WEBB & GIL de FERRAN – Ford
20 – TONY D’ALBERTO & VITANTONIO LIUZZI – Ford
21 – STEVEN JOHNSON & DIRK MUELLER – Ford
22 – TIM SLADE & HELIO CASTRONEVES – Ford
23 – JAMES COURTNEY & DARREN TURNER – Holden
24 – JASON BARGWANNA & ALAN SIMONSEN- Holden
25 – JASON BRIGHT & STEPHANE SARRAZIN- Holden
26 – DEAN FIORE & GIANNI MORBIDELLI – Ford
27 – WARREN LUFF & MARINO FRANCHITTI – Holden
28 – KARL REINDLER & FABRIZIO GIOVANARDI – Holden