Konica Challenge Bathurst Friday notes

Stone Brothers Racing's Mark Winterbottom has qualified fastest today for the non-championship round of the Konica V8 Supercar Series held at the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 event at Bathurst. Winterbottom finished qualifying with an impressive lap...

Stone Brothers Racing's Mark Winterbottom has qualified fastest today for the non-championship round of the Konica V8 Supercar Series held at the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 event at Bathurst.

Winterbottom finished qualifying with an impressive lap time of 2.08.9237, which would have placed him less than one second behind Kmart Racing's Greg Murphy who finished the V8 Supercar Championship qualifying session with a time of 2.07.9503.

Despite qualifying eighteenth in the V8 Supercar Championship Series session earlier today with co-driver Mark Noske in the SBR number 9 Ford Falcon, Winterbottom showed he had what it takes pushing his AU Falcon to a faster time than the BA he drove earlier.

"Every time I have gone out this week I have learnt something new about this place," Winterbottom said. "Every session I have gone quicker and hopefully we can go well in the 1000 kilometre race on Sunday. That's why we are using the Konica race this weekend to get more experience and familiarise ourself with the circuit and hopefully come out of it with a good result."

Dick Johnson Racing's Warren Luff finished qualifying in second position, followed by Owen Kelly who made his debut this weekend driving for Paul Cruikshank Racing in the number 22 car supporting Astron Technology sponsorship.

"We had a few problems at the start of the qualifying session when we blew a power steering line," Luff said.

"I got close to the wall and realised we had some sort of problem and brought the car in. The car is feeling good now and we really looking forward to the race tomorrow."

Gulf Western Oil's Matthew White was fourth fastest and Paul Cruikshank Racing's Kevin Mundy rounded out the top five, topping a successful day for PCR with two drivers in the top five for tomorrow's 25-lap Konica V8 Supercar Challenge race.

Luff repeated the form that saw him finish fourth in his debut appearance in the Konica V8 Supercar Series at the sixth and final round at Mallala Motorsport Park, finishing the first practice session yesterday with the fastest lap time of 2.13.3054 ahead of Kelly.

Luff headed the time sheet again in the second practice session earlier today, until 2003 Konica V8 Supercar Champion Winterbottom clocked the fastest lap time of 2.11.1525, only .0306 seconds ahead of Luff.

The top four fastest Konica V8 Supercar Series drivers will also be competing in the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 race on Sunday, all securing co-driver positions with V8 Supercar Championship teams.

Kelly, who has secured a drive in the Ford Performance Racing car with David Besnard, had a successful start in the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 second practice yesterday when Besnard finished the session with the second fastest lap time of the day behind Kmart Racing's Murphy and Rick Kelly.

All the Konica action starts tomorrow with the warm-up for the 25-lap Konica V8 Supercar Challenge starting at 8.15am, with the race kicking off at 1.30pm. <pre> Qualifying Top Ten Result 1. #41 Mark Winterbottom Stone Brothers Racing 2.08.9237 2. #71 Warren Luff Dick Johnson Racing 2.09.8171 3. #22 Owen Kelly Astron Technology/PCR 2.09.8878 4. #28 Matthew White Gulf Western Oil 2.11.0817 5. #56 Kevin Mundy Actron Air/PCR 2.11.3139 6. #64 Mark Porter Hydraulink Racing/IRC 2.12.5128 7. #88 Adam Wallis 3M/Scotts Transport 2.13.8597 8. #96 Tony D'Alberto Holden Young Lions 2.15.1098 9. #37 Mark Howard Howard Racing 2.15.3879 10.#98 Grant Elliot Sydney Star Truck & Bus 2.15.7330

Practice Two Top Ten 1. #41 Mark Winterbottom Stone Brothers Racing 2.11.1525 2. #71 Warren Luff Dick Johnson Racing 2.11.1831 3. #22 Owen Kelly Astron Air/PCR 2.11.4341 4. #56 Kevin Mundy Actron Air/PCR 2.13.0037 5. #28 Matthew White Gulf Western Oil 2.13.4555 6. #64 Mark Porter Hydraulink Racing/IRC 2.13.9100 7. #88 Adam Wallis 3M/Scotts Transport 2.14.3305 8. #96 Tony D'Alberto Holden Young Lions 2.15.1301 9. #98 Grant Elliot Sydney Star Truck & Bus 2.15.9410 10.#110 Gary Willmington Wakefield Park No Speed Limit 2.17.8148

Practice One Top Ten 1. #71 Warren Luff Dick Johnson Racing 2.13.3054 2. #22 Owen Kelly Astron Technology/PCR 2.13.7382 3. #41 Mark Winterbottom Stone Brothers Racing 2.14.0565 4. #56 Kevin Mundy Actron Air/PCR 2.14.8339 5. #64 Mark Porter Hydraulink racing/IRC 2.16.3931 6. #25 Terry Wyhoon Kitome 2.17.3502 7. #28 Matthew White Gulf Western Oil 2.17.8840 8. #96 Tony D'Alberto Holden Young Lions 2.18.4367 9. #88 Adam Wallis 3M/Scotts Transport 2.18.4591 10.#98 Grant Elliot Sydney Star Truck & Bus 2.20.3604

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Series Supercars
Drivers Rick Kelly , Mark Noske , Mark Winterbottom , Matthew White , Owen Kelly , Bob Jane , Kevin Mundy , Mark Porter , Warren Luff , Adam Wallis , Mark Howard , Tony D'Alberto , Dick Johnson , Terry Wyhoon