UK driver Mark Dwyer has seized pole position in the F5000 open-wheeler class at the 2011 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix.
In the 20-minute qualifying session at Albert Park, Dywer quickly got down to business in his Lola T400 and set his best lap of 1min 58.3670secs early on, a benchmark which his competitors failed to eclipse in the final, frenetic minutes.
Dywer will now be a hard nut to crack in this weekend’s two races, because his pedigree at the fast and flowing Albert Park circuit is beyond question – a win in 2009 and a pair of third places last year.
Joining Dywer on the front row will be Australian James Davison (Lola T332), who was the only other driver to go beyond the two-minute barrier with a 1:58.9207.
Davison was fastest in this morning’s practice session, which was held on a rain-lashed circuit.
Twenty-five of the 26 drivers entered for this weekend made it onto the circuit in qualifying, with the top five completed by Australian duo Greg Thornton (Surtees TS11) and Andrew Robson (Lola T332) and New Zealander Aaron Burson (McRae GM1).
Thornton is the current form driver in the field after clean sweeping last weekend’s penultimate round of the F5000 title at Phillip Island.
Race one will be at 11:35am on Saturday,