Categories: General Date: Oct 28, 2017 Title: SMITH EDGES CLOSER WITH BIG SYDNEY POLEJACK SMITH has edged closer to sealing the Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car series title by storming to pole position this morning at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Smith needed just one flying lap to bank his pole time of 1m33.14s – a comfortable 0.7 seconds faster than Tyler Greenbury’s Eggleston Motorsport Commodore.
The time was only 0.2 seconds slower than Garry Jacobson’s Kumho series qualifying record (1m32.98s) set in cooler conditions last year.
In warm condition approaching 30 degrees, Smith ran early and short to conserve his Kumho tyres ahead of this afternoon’s first race.
The three bonus points for pole position extended the Brad Jones Racing driver’s lead in the standings to 109 points ahead of this afternoon’s first race.
143 points in total are up for grabs this weekend, however if Smith leads by more than 100 following today’s race he will be unbeatable for the Kumho series title tomorrow.
Greenbury also only completed four laps to bank his lap time before pitting and sitting out the remainder of the session.
The Queenslander said his car was ‘better in practice yesterday’ and is likely to make changes ahead of race one today in an effort to close the gap to Smith.
Michael Anderson qualified third, edging out fellow Ford driver Jon McCorkindale by 0.05s on the second row of the grid. The pair will battle for the Kumho Cup class victory and title this weekend.
On home turf, the Pollicina Motorsport duo of Jim Pollicina (5th) and Michael Caine (6th) locked out the third row, while Nandi Kiss was an excellent seventh in just his second Kumho series round.
Warren Millet, Chris Smerdon and Chris Delfsma completed the top-10.
Jason Foley, Andy Cantrell, Brad Neill, Gary Collins and Jamie McDonald completed the field – with close competition between some of the runners sporting heritage liveries this weekend.
Race one commences just after 2PM this afternoon, Australian Eastern Daylight time, with streaming links available via the Kumho series website and Facebook page.
QUALIFYING - Round 5, Sydney
1. Jack Smith
2. Tyler Greenbury
3. Michael Anderson
4. Jon McCorkindale
5. Jim Pollicina
6. Michael Caine
7. Nandi Kiss
8. Warren Millet
9. Chris Smerdon
10. Chris Delfsma