Whincup takes provisional pole at Sandown

Jamie Whincup

Jamie Whincup

Jamie Whincup has taken provisional pole position for Race 23 of the V8 Supercars Championship Series at Sandown International Raceway.

The top 10 shootout will run at 12.25pm.

In glorious Melbourne conditions, the TeamVodafone driver crushed his opponents, finishing more than 0.3s ahead of distant title rival Mark Winterbottom in the Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon.

Whincup said that he is pleased with his #1 Vodafone racer.

“I’m much happier today,” Whincup said.

“Yesterday, fourth was OK, but it wasn’t really where we wanted. The car was still skating around a bit, but I’m feeling good.

“And it’s a cracker day here in Melbourne.”

While Whincup was in top form, the man he is chasing in the championship was not. Jim Beam Racing’s James Courtney took ninth place, making it into the top 10 shootout, but was nearly 0.7s behind Whincup.

Jack Daniel’s Racing’s Rick Kelly took an impressive third place ahead of Symmons Plains podium finisher Paul Dumbrell (The Bottle-O Racing), Will Davison (Toll HRT), Todd Kelly (Jack Daniel’s Racing), Russell Ingall (Supercheap Auto Racing) and Garth Tander (Toll HRT).

Just missing out on the top 10 was Greg Murphy (Castrol EDGE) and Craig Lowndes (TeamVodafone).

Courtney was ninth, just ahead of Fujitsu Racing’s Lee Holdsworth, who will be the first car to take to the track for the top 10 shootout at 12.25pm.

1 1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE 1:10.2397*
2 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 1:10.5899
3 15 Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE 1:10.6077
4 55 Paul Dumbrell Ford Falcon FG 1:10.8457
5 22 Will Davison Holden Commodore VE 1:10.8772
6 7 Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE 1:10.8841
7 39 Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE 1:10.8893
8 2 Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE 1:10.9147
9 18 James Courtney Ford Falcon FG 1:10.9167
10 33 Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE 1:10.9256
11 51 Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE 1:10.9526
12 888 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE 1:10.9607
13 14 Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE 1:10.9645
14 24 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE 1:10.9742
15 17 Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 1:11.0468
16 6 Steven Richards Ford Falcon FG 1:11.1001
17 4 Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:11.1126
18 9 Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 1:11.1380
19 11 Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE 1:11.2216
20 12 Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 1:11.2576
21 34 Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE 1:11.2826
22 47 Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 1:11.3086
23 21 Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE 1:11.3359
24 10 Andrew Thompson Holden Commodore VE 1:11.4358
25 8 Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VE 1:11.4702
26 30 Warren Luff Holden Commodore VE 1:11.5884
27 19 Jonathon Webb Ford Falcon FG 1:11.6106
28 3 Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VE 1:11.7387
29 16 Tony Ricciardello Holden Commodore VE 1:13.4849

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