Lowndes grabs first pole of 2009

Craig Lowndes has taken pole for the 23rd race of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at West Australia’s Barbagallo Raceway, today.

The TeamVodafone driver finished on top of the time sheets after the top 10 shootout, setting a time of 57.18s around the 2.4km circuit.

Lowndes’ lap was good enough to ward off his team-mate and weekend fast man Jamie Whincup.

The pole position was Lowndes’ 23rd career pole and the first for the 2009 season.

Third on the grid is Jim Beam Racing’s Steven Johnson from Toll HRT’s Will Davison and jack Daniel’s Racing’s Todd Kelly.

Orrcon Steel FPR driver Mark Winterbottom is sixth from Lee Holdsworth (Valvoline), Garth Tander (Toll HRT), Russell Ingall (Supercheap Auto) and James Courtney (Jim Beam).

Race 23 starts at 1.05pm AWST.

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