Courtney qualifies tenth for Indy opener JELD-WEN Motorsport's James Courtney has qualified tenth for today's opening race of the Coffee Club V8 Supercar Challenge at the Nikon Indy 300. Team-mate SP Tools Racing's Shane van Gisbergen...
Courtney qualifies tenth for Indy opener
JELD-WEN Motorsport's James Courtney has qualified tenth for today's opening race of the Coffee Club V8 Supercar Challenge at the Nikon Indy 300.
Team-mate SP Tools Racing's Shane van Gisbergen qualified 13th, the 19-year-old unlucky to miss out on the top ten when a red flag late in the second leg put paid to an improved lap time.
Courtney showed good speed all day yesterdayon the 4.4km Surfers Paradise Street Circuit, within the top five in the two 50 minute practice sessions.
The JELD-WEN Motorsport Falcon's speed continued into the three-leg elimination style qualifying session, with Courtney posting the third fastest time to make it into the final top-ten session.
Things didn't quite go as planned for the Stone Brothers Racing crew in the final ten minute leg, the JELD-WEN Motorsport Falcon struggling on its final set of tyres, Courtney posting the tenth fastest time of the session.
Van Gisbergen was also strong in practice, the SP Tools Racing driver posting the tenth fastest time in practice two.
The Kiwi young-gun cruised through to the second leg of qualifying but found himself short of time in the 15-minute session when the red flag come out due to a tyre bundle on track with only 1:30 seconds remaining.
Van Gisbergen was forced to abort his flying lap and when the session was not restarted, the SP Tools Racing driver had to settle for 13th fastest.
The JELD-WEN Motorsport and SP Tools Racing Falcons will be back on track for race one todayat 3:50pm.
James Courtney, #4, JELD-WEN Motorsport
"The JELD-WEN Motorsport Falcon was good on new tyres; it was doing what it was supposed to do and getting the job done.
"The first two sessions went to plan but we stuggled with our final set of tyres in the last leg of qualifying; when it came to the crunch it just didn't come together."
Shane van Gisbergen, #9, SP Tools Racing
"We took it pretty easy in the first practice session but we were able to have a bit of a go in the second session.
"It's my second year here so it makes it easier to get straight into it.
"The SP Tools Racing Falcon was very strong in qualifying; we were ninth after the first leg.
"In the second leg the tyres were taking a long time to come up to temperature and by the time we got onto a quicker lap the red flag came out and ended the session, leaving us just out of the ten.
"It was a shame but the SBR Falcon is quick, we have good tyres for the races and this circuit suits our cars so it should be good."