Winterbottom qualifies second in Adelaide. Stone Brothers Racing's Mark Winterbottom qualified on the front row of the grid for the second round of the Konica V8 Supercar Championship Series in Adelaide today. Winterbottom, driving the...
Winterbottom qualifies second in Adelaide.
Stone Brothers Racing's Mark Winterbottom qualified on the front row of the grid for the second round of the Konica V8 Supercar Championship Series in Adelaide today.
Winterbottom, driving the Milligans Food Group Falcon, snapped a time of one minute and 24.59 seconds around the 3.22km street circuit.
The Sydney-born Gold Coaster is hoping to continue on from his opening round efforts at Wakefield Park last month where he took overall honors with an impressive rookie display in a Falcon which also carries major sponsorship from Bosch and Caltex Havoline.
This weekend's second round is part of the Clipsal 500 weekend, which also doubles as the opening round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series which will be contested by Winterbottom's SBR teammates Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall.
Today's pole was taken by Owen Kelly in a Holden with a time of 1:24.49 -- just 0.1 of a second faster than Winterbottom.
"I had a pretty good run, but we were just a 10th off pole," said Winterbottom.
"I made a couple of mistakes on my first set of tyres and tried to make up for that on the second set, but still just did not get it right.
"I think we have a very good race package.
"40 laps around here will be a long way, in fact it will be the longest race I have ever done.
"I have been trying to use the track, but it is a big confidence deal here.
"I am just happy to be on the front row and that the car is straight."
There will be a 40-lap one hour Konica race on the streets of Adelaide tomorrow at 6.30pm.
QUALIFYING -- KONICA V8 SUPERCARS
1: Owen Kelly (Holden) 1:24.49
2: Mark Winterbottom (Ford) 1:24.59
3: Andrew Jones (Ford) 1:24.79
4: Matthew White (Holden) 1:24.88
5: Tony Ricciardello (Ford)
6: Luke Youlden (Ford) 1:25.00
7: Dale Brede (Holden) 1:25.07
8: Mark Porter (Holden) 1:25.16
9: Brett Peters (Ford) 1:26.00
10: Kevin Mundy (Ford) 1:26.05