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