BENALLA, Victoria, Australia — Story by Race Chaser Online International Motorsport Correspondent Jack Cobourn — Robert Cianflone/Getty Images AsiaPac photo —
Tim Slade found some surprising speed at Winton Motor Raceway, grabbing the ARMOR ALL Pole Award for Saturday’s race at the Woodstock Winton SuperSprint.
The pole was Slade’s second of his career, and he was enjoying it fully.
“It’s been a long time between drinks,” Slade said. “It’s been a bumpy road at the same time, so massive thanks to Brad and Kim [Jones, Slade’s team’s principals] and all the boys and girls at BJR, they really deserve this.”
Slade had set fastest the fastest time in practice with a 1:19.2 second lap, but smashed it in qualifying with a clip of 1:19.066 to give Brad Jones Racing its first pole in three years.
Reigning series champion Mark Winterbottom went second on a time of 1:19.097, followed by his teammate Cameron Waters, who put up a lap of 1:19.221.
Scott McLaughlin’s Volvo and the Nissan of Rick Kelly made up the fast five, with six-time champion Jamie Whincup a disappointing ninth on the grid.
Whincup’s Triple Eight teammates were worse off yet, with Shane van Gisbergen 11th and Craig Lowndes ending 14th after qualifying.
Nick Percat was the only car not to be involved in qualifying, due to a misfire that the team hopes will be fixed in time for the race.
RESULTS: International V8 Supercars Championship; ARMOR ALL Pole Qualifying; Winton Motor Raceway; May 21, 2016
- Tim Slade
- Mark Winterbottom
- Cameron Waters
- Scott McLaughlin
- Rick Kelly
- Lee Holdsworth
- Will Davison
- James Courtney
- Jamie Whincup
- Chaz Mostert
- Shane van Gisbergen
- Michael Caruso
- Todd Kelly
- Craig Lowndes
- Fabian Coulthard
- Jason Bright
- Scott Pye
- Tim Blanchard
- Chris Pither
- David Reynolds
- James Moffat
- Dale Wood
- Garth Tander
- Andre Heimgartner
- Aaren Russell
- Nick Percat (NT)
About the Writer
Jack Cobourn is the international motorsports correspondent at Race Chaser Online, and covers the V8 Supercars Championship, Rally Cars and the FIA World Rally Championship.
Cobourn has been an avid follower of motorsports for years, having not missed a Formula One race in 16 seasons. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware, with a degree in history and a minor in journalism.
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