02 Mar 2018
By Matthew Agius
FRIDAY Supercars qualifying has ended under the red flag after reigning champion Jamie Whincup slammed into the sweeper exit wall on the final lap.
It meant that the Red Bull Holden Racing Team leader was penalised his best qualifying time, dropping him from seventh to ninth, but keeping him eligible for the Top 10 Shootout.
Teammate Shane Van Gisbergen topped the timesheets in qualifying, edging Scott McLaughlin (Shell V-Power Racing) by one thousandth of a second – highlighting the pace in the cars at the top of pitlane hasn’t changed since the end of last year.
Former Adelaide 500 winner James Courtney qualified third fastest for Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing – perhaps unsurprising given his personal success and the team’s standing as the most successful team at the Adelaide Street Circuit.
Five hundredths of a second separated the top four with Mark Winterbottom (Bottle-O/Tickford Ford) fourth, with David Reynolds (Erebus Penrite Holden) fifth – one tenth off the pace.
Nick Percat (Blackwoods Holden), Will Davison (Milwaukee Falcon), Lee Holdsworth (Preston Hire Holden), Whincup and Rick Kelly (Castrol Nissan) rounded out the top ten – all within three tenths of Van Gisbergen.
The Shootout for Saturday’s race gets underway at 11:55am following Practice 3 at 9:50am.
The opening race of the Adelaide 500 will commence at 3:20pm on Saturday afternoon.
ADELAIDE 500 SUPERCARS PRACTICE 2 RESULTS
|1||Shane Van Gisbergen||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Holden||1:20.2467|
|2||Scott McLaughlin||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Ford||+00.0010|
|3||James Courtney||Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing||Holden||+00.0071|
|4||Mark Winterbottom||Bottle-O Racing/Tickford||Ford||+00.0501|
|5||David Reynolds||Erebus Penrite Racing||Holden||+00.1728|
|6||Nick Percat||Blackwoods Racing||Holden||+00.2056|
|7||Will Davison||Milwaukee Racicng||Ford||+00.2415|
|8||Lee Holdsworth||Preston Hire Racing||Holden||+00.2443|
|9||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Holden||+00.2644|
|10||Rick Kelly||Castrol/Nissan Motorsport||Nissan||+00.2714|
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