Konica series Mallala qualifying notes

Stone Brothers Racing's Mark Winterbottom has qualified fastest for tomorrow's first race at the sixth and final round of the Konica V8 Supercar Series held at Mallala Motorsport Park this weekend, ahead of Brad Jones Racing's Andrew Jones and...

Stone Brothers Racing's Mark Winterbottom has qualified fastest for tomorrow's first race at the sixth and final round of the Konica V8 Supercar Series held at Mallala Motorsport Park this weekend, ahead of Brad Jones Racing's Andrew Jones and Gulf Western Oil's Matthew White.

Winterbottom has already secured the Championship at the last Konica V8 Supercar round at Winton Motor Raceway at the start of August, but will be looking to extend the final Championship points standing's with the help of pole position in the first of three races tomorrow morning.

Winterbottom clocked up the fastest lap time of the day with 1.08.4064, just edging out Jones with a lap time of 1.08.4295.

Jones continued his fine form that saw him take his first round win for 2003 at the last Konica V8 Supercar Series round at Winton, finishing the first practice session with the fastest lap time of 1.10.3453 ahead of Winterbottom and White.

"We have showed we have what it takes to win with the last round win at Winton," Jones said. "We will definitely get in there and have a go tomorrow. Mark (Winterbottom) has shown from the past that he has got the points from pole, but hopefully with the confidence we have from the last round we will be up there at the end."

With second position overall for the 2003 Championship all but confirmed for White, the Gulf Western Oil team will be looking to gain as much test time as possible before the upcoming V8 Supercar endurance races at the Betta Electrical 500 Sandown and the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 at Bathurst.

"This weekend will be testing for us," White said. "We will be going into all three races tomorrow trying to get the car as best as it possibly can be.

"It doesn't look like anyone else can get close to us on the points table at this stage, which makes the weekend a lot easier for us in terms of pressure."

The battle continues for third spot overall, with Super Cheap Auto Racing's Luke Youlden, Smiths Truck's Owen Kelly and Hydraulink Racing's Mark Porter all in contention to take points in race one after all qualifying in the top ten this afternoon. <pre> Practice One 1. #12 Andrew Jones Falcon AU 1.10.3453 2. #41 Mark Winterbottom Falcon AU 1.10.4258 3. #28 Matthew White Falcon AU 1.10.6960 4. #14 Steve Owen Commodore VX 1.10.9920 5. #71 Warren Luff Falcon AU 1.11.0119 6. #64 Mark Porter Commodore VX 1.11.4629 7. #89 Adam Wallis Falcon AU 1.11.5237 8. #72 Owen Kelly Commodore VT 1.11.6371 9. #30 Luke Youlden Falcon AU 1.11.6589 10. #69 Robert Jones Commodore VX 1.11.9190

Practice Two 1. #41 Mark Winterbottom Falcon AU 1.09.0955 2. #14 Steve Owen Commodore VX 1.09.6480 3. #12 Andrew Jones Falcon AU 1.09.6546 4. #72 Owen Kelly Commodore VT 1.09.7107 5. #71 Warren Luff Falcon AU 1,09.8197 6. #30 Luke Youlden Falcon AU 1.09.8410 7. #64 Mark Porter Commodore VX 1.09.8769 8. #88 Peter Gazzard Falcon AU 1.10.0183 9. #28 Matthew White Falcon AU 1.10.1343

Qualifying 1. #41 Mark Winterbottom Falcon AU 1.08.4064 2. #12 Andrew Jones Falcon AU 1.08.4295 3. #28 Matthew White Falcon AU 1.09.0774 4. #30 Luke Youlden Falcon AU 1.09.1924 5. #72 Owen Kelly Commodore VT 1.09.2057 6. #71 Warren Luff Falcon AU 1.09.4383 7. #64 Mark Porter Commodore VX 1.09.4572 8. #46 Dale Brede Commodore VX 1.09.4911 9. #14 Steve Owen Commodore VX 1.09.5726 10. #88 Peter Gazzard Falcon AU 1.09.6005

Sunday August 31 9.30am-9.50am Konica V8 Supercar Series Warm Up 11.35am Konica V8 Supercar Series Race One 1.20pm Konica V8 Supercar Series Race Two (Reverse Grid) 3.10pm Konica V8 Supercar Series Race Three

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Series Supercars
Drivers Andrew Jones , Brad Jones , Dale Brede , Mark Winterbottom , Steve Owen , Luke Youlden , Matthew White , Owen Kelly , Bob Jane , Peter Gazzard , Mark Porter , Warren Luff , Adam Wallis , Robert Jones