Richards takes provisional Darwin pole

Team BOC driver Jason Richards

Team BOC driver Jason Richards

Jason Richards is turning into a Hidden Valley specialist after taking provisional pole position at the Darwin circuit today.

Richards, driving his Team BOC Commodore VE, scorched around the Hidden Valley track in a 1m09.9047s, putting him in a great position to take a second-consecutive pole at the track having scored the top spot for last year’s Saturday race.

The top 10 shootout will start at 12.20pm.

Championship contenders Jamie Whincup (TeamVodafone) and James Courtney (Jim Beam Racing) were provisionally second and third, ahead of Craig Lowndes (TeamVodafone), Mark Winterbottom (Orrcon Steel FPR), Tim Slade (Wilson Security Racing), Garth Tander (Toll HRT), Shane van Gisbergen (SP Tools) and Paul Dumbrell (The Bottle-O Racing).

Just missing out on a top 10 birth was Lee Holdsworth (Fujitsu Racing) and Will Davison (Toll HRT).

1 8 Jason Richards 1:09.9079*
2 1 Jamie Whincup 1:09.9460
3 18 James Courtney 1:09.9648
4 888 Craig Lowndes 1:10.0095
5 5 Mark Winterbottom 1:10.0167
6 7 Todd Kelly 1:10.0381
7 47 Tim Slade 1:10.1060
8 2 Garth Tander 1:10.1108
9 9 Shane Van Gisbergen 1:10.1287
10 55 Paul Dumbrell 1:10.1700
11 33 Lee Holdsworth 1:10.2032
12 22 Will Davison 1:10.2372
13 51 Greg Murphy 1:10.2550
14 12 Dean Fiore 1:10.2899
15 17 Steven Johnson 1:10.2992
16 3 Tony D’Alberto 1:10.3499
17 34 Michael Caruso 1:10.3738
18 14 Jason Bright 1:10.3958
19 10 Andrew Thompson 1:10.4230
20 39 Russell Ingall 1:10.4347
21 15 Rick Kelly 1:10.4616
22 24 Fabian Coulthard 1:10.4677
23 19 Jonathon Webb 1:10.4678
24 11 Jason Bargwanna 1:10.5073
25 4 Alex Davison 1:10.5780
26 6 Steven Richards 1:10.5903
27 21 Karl Reindler 1:10.6732
28 16 Tony Ricciardello 1:10.9525
29 30 Daniel Gaunt 1:11.2240

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