Whincup snatches Symmons pole from FPR

Jamie Whincup

Jamie Whincup

Jamie Whincup has trumped Ford Performance Racing duo Mark Winterbottom and Paul Dumbrell to take pole for Race 23 of the V8 Supercars Championship at Symmons Plains.

While Winterbottom and Dumbrell swapped the top spot throughout the majority of the 20 minute session, Whincup’s final flyer of 51.36s undercut the Orrcon Falcon’s best effort by 0.03s.

Winterbottom failed to improve his time on his third and final new tyre set, ensuring Whincup his eighth pole of the 2011 season.

“Awesome – very unexpected,” said Whincup, who set the pole time with three minutes still remaining.

“We went really early on our tyres expecting to lose a few positions at the end of the session but it didn’t happen so we’re very very happy to be on pole.”

Shane van Gisbergen ended the session third fastest ahead of Dumbrell, while Tony D’Alberto was fifth but will start eighth due to a penalty for a yellow flag infringement yesterday.

Craig Lowndes was sixth fastest in qualifying, with Will Davison, Alex Davison, Fabian Coulthard and Garth Tander rounding out the top 10.

Tander’s final two laps were ruined when the Toll Holden Racing Team driver went off the road at Turn 6 with less than a minute remaining.

Moments earlier, the end of the back straight had also caught out Steven Johnson – who speared off while avoiding a slow Paul Dumbrell and Russell Ingall, with The Bottle-O Falcon having caused the bottle-neck while clearing space for his own hot lap.

Johnson ended the session in 28th and last position, while team-mate James Moffat fared little better in 24th.

Dumbrell later received a three-place grid penalty for the incident with Johnson, dropping him from third on the grid to sixth.

See below for the full session result

1 TeamVodafone Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2 0:51.3569
2 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 0:51.3889 0:00.0320
3 The Bottle-O Racing Team Paul Dumbrell Ford Falcon FG 0:51.4215 0:00.0646
4 SP Tools Racing Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 0:51.4550 0:00.0981
5 Wilson Security Racing Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG 0:51.4777 0:00.1208
6 TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE2 0:51.4932 0:00.1363
7 Trading Post FPR Falcon Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 0:51.5405 0:00.1836
8 Irwin Racing Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 0:51.5536 0:00.1967
9 Bundaberg Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE2 0:51.5606 0:00.2037
10 Toll Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2 0:51.5690 0:00.2121
11 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 0:51.5961 0:00.2392
12 Fujitsu Racing GRM Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2 0:51.6286 0:00.2717
13 Fujitsu Racing GRM Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE2 0:51.6418 0:00.2849
14 Toll Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VE2 0:51.6470 0:00.2901
15 VIP Petfoods Steve Owen Holden Commodore VE2 0:51.6828 0:00.3259
16 Lucky 7 Racing Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 0:51.6871 0:00.3302
17 Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2 0:51.7048 0:00.3479
18 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 0:51.7352 0:00.3783
19 Mother Energy Racing Team Jonathon Webb Ford Falcon FG 0:51.7357 0:00.3788
20 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE2 0:51.7641 0:00.4072
21 Triple F Racing Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 0:51.7850 0:00.4281
22 Stratco Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore VE2 0:51.8301 0:00.4732
23 Team Boc Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2 0:51.8357 0:00.4788
24 Jim Beam Racing James Moffat Ford Falcon FG 0:51.8363 0:00.4794
25 Jana Living Racing Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE2 0:51.8444 0:00.4875
26 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE2 0:51.8834 0:00.5265
27 Gulf Western Oil Racing Warren Luff Holden Commodore VE2 0:51.9014 0:00.5445
28 Jim Beam Racing Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 0:52.0743 0:00.7174

*Tony D’Alberto, Todd Kelly and Paul Dumbrell have all received three place grid penalties

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