Qualifying Race, Driver 2, Kelly win, Whincup pole

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Saturday 11th September, 2010 - 5:21pm

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Jamie Whincup and Steve Owen will start from pole

Jamie Whincup and Steve Owen will start from pole

Rick Kelly has crossed the line first in the second Qualifying Race at Phillip Island today – but it will be Jamie Whincup and Steve Owen who will start from pole for tomorrow’s L&H 500.

Whincup finished in 14th place, enough to secure the pole slot after team-mate Owen won the first Qualifying Race earlier this afternoon.

It was a dominant day for the #1 TeamVodafone Commodore, with co-driver Owen setting the fastest lap of the qualifying session, winning his qualifying race and Whincup avoiding some late-race madness to secure the top spot.

“Steve did an unbelieve job in the first one,” Whincup said.

“I got the worst start of my life and was battling with some of the ‘co-drivers.’ We’ve got a quick car, and I’m a bit slower than Steve, so I feel like the B-driver.”

Jack Daniel’s Racing’s Kelly, who will be partnered by namesake Owen Kelly, took the lead at the start of the race and held off a late challenge from Craig Lowndes to secure the win and a front-row start alongside the #1 car.

Lowndes will start tomorrow’s L&H 500 from fourth place, behind the Jim Beam Falcon of James Courtney, who finished third in the final Qualifying Race. Garth Tander/Cameron McConville (#2 Toll Holden Racing) with start fifth ahead of Shane van Gisbergen/John McIntyre (#9 SP Tools Racing) and Mark Winterbottom/Luke Youlden (#6 Orrcon Steel FPR).

The second qualifying race was a relatively tame affair, with just one Safety Car period caused by Geoff Emery in the Greg Murphy Racing ‘Wildcard’ entry.

Tomorrow’s 113 lap L&H 500 will start at 1.35pm.

Race result, Qualifying Race 2

1 15 Rick Kelly 14
2 888 Craig Lowndes 14
3 18 James Courtney 14
4 6 Steven Richards 14
5 5 Mark Winterbottom 14
6 22 Will Davison 14
7 17 Marcus Marshall 14
8 47 Tim Slade 14
9 24 Fabian Coulthard 14
10 4 Alex Davison 14
11 33 Lee Holdsworth 14
12 55 Paul Dumbrell 14
13 39 Russell Ingall 14
14 1 Jamie Whincup 14
15 14 Jason Bright 14
16 2 Cameron McConville 14
17 21 David Wall 14
18 10 Nick Percat 14
19 9 John McIntyre 14
20 12 Michael Patrizi 14
21 19 David Russell 14
22 34 Greg Ritter 14
23 8 Andrew Jones 14
24 27 Damian Assaillit 14
25 7 Dale Wood 14
26 30 Nathan Pretty 14
27 51 Tim Blanchard 14
28 11 Glenn Seton 14
29 3 Shane Price 14
30 44 Geoff Emery 12
DNF 16 Tony Ricciardello 13

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