Jonny Reid has again shown he’s a force to be reckoned with around the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit by setting pole position for the Carrera Cup support races at the 2012 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix.
Despite sitting out this morning’s wet practice session, the New Zealander proved that he was far from underdone as he muscled his Porsche 911 GT3 around the fast-paced Melbourne circuit in a best lap of 1min58.7141secs – only just shy of the current lap record.
Reid also started from No. 1 on the grid in 2011, and then went on to win the opening two races.
While Reid will be hoping history repeats itself, others set to battle it out for glory at the front include lap record-holder Craig Baird (1:58.9570), Steven Richards (1:59.0318), current championship leader Alex Davison (1:59.0624) and Daniel Gaunt (1:59.3703), who will fill positions two to five on the grid.
Baird was the overall winner in the 2011 program at Albert Park with 3-3-1-1 results.
Jason Davison, Alex’s cousin, will complete row three alongside Gaunt in a one-off drive, while the next line of attack has some serious potency – V8 Supercar supremo Mark Skaife (1:59.6538) and former three-time F1 race winner Heinz-Harald Frentzen (1:59.9379), who is making a cameo at Albert Park.
Frentzen retired from F1 at the end of 2003 and still drives competitively in the sports car ranks, so his battles with Australia’s best Carrera Cup practitioners should produce some fireworks.
There will be three Carrera Cup races, starting with the opener at 6.20pm tomorrow.