Konica Series Phillip Island qualifying report

Stone Brothers Racing's Mark Winterbottom has finished today's qualifying session in pole position after taking out first place in practice one and second in practice two behind Matthew White Racing's Matthew White. Winterbottom's third pole...

Stone Brothers Racing's Mark Winterbottom has finished today's qualifying session in pole position after taking out first place in practice one and second in practice two behind Matthew White Racing's Matthew White.

Winterbottom's third pole from four starts puts him in a prime position to take out his fourth straight Konica V8 Supercar Series round, a feat that was accomplished by fellow SBR Championship driver Marcos Ambrose at Darwin two weeks ago.

Thirty-two drivers lined up on the grid for the first practice of the Konica V8 Supercar Series fourth round held at Phillip Island this weekend.

Winterbottom continued his fine V8 Supercar form finishing the first session in front of Holden Young Lions Driver Dale Brede and Brad Jones Racing's Andrew Jones.

The first practice session was red flagged three times as drivers came to grips with the colder Phillip Island weather. Jose Fernandez, Tim Gordon and Derek Van Zelm all experienced some difficulties before the session was completed.

Winterbottom experienced a tighter session in the second practice with Matthew White showing he is still hot on the heels of the Stone Brothers Racing driver.

White finished with a lap time of 1.35.3470 ahead of Winterbottom and Brede.

Despite White going into the qualifying session with the fastest lap time of the day, Winterbottom showed he was the dominant driver.

Jones, in his first race since Clipsal 500 in March, showed he still had the speed to match it with Winterbottom and managed to clock the third fastest lap time of qualifying with 1.34.9361.

Winterbottom will go into tomorrow's first race on pole position, ahead of White, Jones, Smiths Trucks Owen Kelly and first time V8 Supercar competitior Marcus Marshall.

Race One will commence at 11.20am tomorrow with the full reverse grid race two starting at 1.15pm.

<pre> KONICA V8 SUPERCAR SERIES EVENT PROGRAM Sunday 6th July

9.30am - 9.50pm                 Konica V8 Supercars        Warm Up
11.20am                         Konica V8 Supercars        Race One (12 laps)
1.15pm                          Konica V8 Supercars        Race Two (Full Reverse Grid)
3.10pm                          Konica V8 Supercars        Race Three

KONICA V8 SUPERCAR SERIES TOP TEN QUALIFYING

1. #41 Mark Winterbottom        Falcon AU       1.34.1620
2. #28 Matthew White            Falcon AU       1.34.7636
3. #12 Andrew Jones             Falcon AU       1.34.9361
4. #72 Owen Kelly               Commodore VT    1.34.9962
5. #27 Marcus Marshall          Falcon AU       1.35.1376
6. #30 Luke Youlden             Falcon AU       1.35.1801
7. #46 Dale Brede               Commodore VX    1.35.3036
8. #71 Tony Ricciardello        Falcon AU       1.35.4325
9. #64 Mark Porter              Commodore VX    1.35.8713
10. #56 Kevin Mundy             Falcon AU       1.36.1474

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Series Supercars
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Andrew Jones , Marcus Marshall , Brad Jones , Dale Brede , Mark Winterbottom , Luke Youlden , Matthew White , Owen Kelly , Jose Fernandez , Kevin Mundy , Mark Porter , Tim Gordon , Tony Ricciardello , Phillip Island
Teams Brad Jones Racing