Jamie Whincup scorches to Albert Park pole

Jamie Whincup will start from pole for tomorrow's 'Qualifying Race' at Albert Park

Jamie Whincup will start from pole for tomorrow's 'Qualifying Race' at Albert Park

Jamie Whincup will start tomorrow’s qualifying race for the MSS Security V8 Supercars Challenge from pole position.

The TeamVodafone driver completed just two runs in this evening’s 30 minute qualifying session – one on each compound of tyre.

Whincup set his best time of 1:55.08s with 18 minutes remaining, and did not return to the track for the rest of the session.

Mark Winterbottom will also start on the front row having briefly headed the charts prior to Whincup’s effort.

Shane van Gisbergen, Will Davison, Craig Lowndes, Garth Tander, Tony D’Alberto, David Reynolds, Michael Caruso and Rick Kelly round out the top 10.

The session ended in abrupt circumstances when the red flags were called with 2:30 remaining due to the Turn 4 tyre bundle having been dislodged.

With practice run on each car’s pre-marked hard tyres, qualifying on the softer compound provided a challenge for the teams.

“It’s a really good feeling on the soft tyres around here, especially at night when the track temperature goes down – the grip level was massive,” said Whincup after the session.

“My car was pretty good, the guys did a good job of guessing how much grip we’d have.”

A 13 lap ‘qualifying race’ will take place at 1100 tomorrow prior to the first MSS Security V8 Supercars Challenge points scoring event of the weekend at 1420.

See below for the full qualifying result

1 TeamVodafone Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2 1:55.0805
2 Orrcon Steel FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 1:55.5648 0:00.4843
3 SP Tools Racing Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 1:55.6802 0:00.5997
4 Trading Post FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:55.7447 0:00.6642
5 TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE2 1:55.9304 0:00.8499
6 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2 1:56.2841 0:01.2036
7 Tony D’Alberto Racing Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG 1:56.3597 0:01.2792
8 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 1:56.3928 0:01.3123
9 Fujitsu Racing GRM Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2 1:56.4374 0:01.3569
10 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 1:56.5473 0:01.4668
11 Lucky 7 Racing Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 1:56.6163 0:01.5358
12 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 1:56.7128 0:01.6323
13 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Falcon FG 1:56.7776 0:01.6971
14 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VE2 1:56.8335 0:01.7530
15 Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2 1:56.8517 0:01.7712
16 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE2 1:56.8732 0:01.7927
17 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VE2 1:56.8746 0:01.7941
18 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE2 1:56.9799 0:01.8994
19 Jim Beam Racing Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 1:57.1641 0:02.0836
20 V.I.P. Petfoods Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG 1:57.1884 0:02.1079
21 Tekno Autosports Michael Patrizi Holden Commodore VE2 1:57.2053 0:02.1248
22 Team iSelect Taz Douglas Holden Commodore VE2 1:57.2456 0:02.1651
23 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE2 1:57.2615 0:02.1810
24 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2 1:57.3541 0:02.2736
25 Jim Beam Racing Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 1:57.4308 0:02.3503
26 Team Norton DJR James Moffat Ford Falcon FG 1:57.4325 0:02.3520
27 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VE2 1:57.6749 0:02.5944
28 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VE2 1:58.2898 0:03.2093

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