Craig Lowndes takes first pole position of 2012

Craig Lowndes celebrates his pole position

Craig Lowndes celebrates his pole position

Craig Lowndes has taken the first Armor All Pole Award of the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship season at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide

Lowndes was the ninth driver on the circuit in the top 10 shootout, and moved to the top of the order by completing a 1:21.27s lap that proved 0.29s quicker than previous fast man Garth Tander.

Tander will start second, with Will Davison and Jonathon Webb sharing the second row.

Webb was arguably the star of the session after narrowly squeaking into the top 10 at the end of qualifying. The Tekno Autosports Commodore set an early benchmark that could not be matched by the following entries of David Reynolds, Fabian Coulthard and Tim Slade.

Jamie Whincup was just fifth fastest after an uncharacteristically off-the-pace effort, while Slade, Mark Winterbottom, David Reynolds, Fabian Coulthard and Shane van Gisbergen rounded out the top 10.

Winterbottom had been the last car on the circuit after topping qualifying, but never threatened to take pole – the Orrcon Ford losing 0.3s to Lowndes’ benchmark in the first sector alone.

The V8 Supercars will return to the Adelaide Parklands Street Circuit for a morning warm-up at 905 tomorrow.

See below for the full Race 1 starting order

1 TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes  Holden Commodore VE2 1:21.2738
2 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander  Holden Commodore VE2 1:21.2908 0:00.0170
3 Trading Post FPR Ford Will Davison  Ford Falcon FG 1:21.4194 0:00.1456
4 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb  Holden Commodore VE2 1:21.5164 0:00.2426
5 TeamVodafone Jamie Whincup  Holden Commodore VE2 1:21.5468 0:00.2730
6 Lucky 7 Racing Tim Slade  Ford Falcon FG 1:21.6288 0:00.3550
7 Orrcon Steel FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom  Ford Falcon FG 1:21.7093 0:00.4355
8 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds  Ford Falcon FG 1:21.8078 0:00.5340
9 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard  Holden Commodore VE2 1:22.0289 0:00.7551
10 SP Tools Racing Shane Van Gisbergen  Ford Falcon FG 1:22.3105 0:01.0367
10 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb  Holden Commodore VE2 1:21.2368 0:00.4209
11 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly  Holden Commodore VE2 1:21.2386 0:00.4227
12 Tony D’Alberto Racing Tony D’Alberto  Ford Falcon FG 1:21.3746 0:00.5587
13 Holden Racing Team James Courtney  Holden Commodore VE2 1:21.4035 0:00.5876
14 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly  Holden Commodore VE2 1:21.4148 0:00.5989
15 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth  Ford Falcon FG 1:21.4880 0:00.6721
16 Fujitsu Racing GRM Michael Caruso  Holden Commodore VE2 1:21.4966 0:00.6807
17 V.I.P. Petfoods Steve Owen  Ford Falcon FG 1:21.5431 0:00.7272
18 Jim Beam Racing Steven Johnson  Ford Falcon FG 1:21.5915 0:00.7756
19 Team Norton DJR James Moffat  Ford Falcon FG 1:21.5928 0:00.7769
20 Tekno Autosports Michael Patrizi  Holden Commodore VE2 1:21.6802 0:00.8643
21 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall  Holden Commodore VE2 1:21.7532 0:00.9373
22 Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy  Holden Commodore VE2 1:21.7964 0:00.9805
23 Jim Beam Racing Dean Fiore  Ford Falcon FG 1:21.9426 0:01.1267
24 Team iSelect Taz Douglas  Holden Commodore VE2 1:22.1907 0:01.3748
25 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat  Holden Commodore VE2 1:22.1991 0:01.3832
26 Wilson Security Racing David Wall  Holden Commodore VE2 1:22.4358 0:01.6199
27 Team BOC Jason Bright  Holden Commodore VE2 1:29.3326 0:08.5167


See below for’s Clipsal 500 Adelaide Race Guide

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