Jamie Whincup scores pole for Race 28 at Winton

Jamie Whincup secured his seventh pole of the 2012 season

Jamie Whincup secured his seventh pole of the 2012 season

Jamie Whincup will start the potentially title deciding 28th race of the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship from pole position after a tight qualifying session at Winton.

The TeamVodafone Holden driver’s final qualifying lap of 1:22.80s proved enough to withstand late challenges from the Ford Performance Racing entries of Will Davison and Mark Winterbottom.

Davison’s final effort of 1:22.82s was good enough for the outside of the front-row, while Winterbottom rounded out the 20 minutes with 1:22.85s and 1:22.94s efforts to secure third.

The pole is Whincup’s seventh of the season, moving him to just one behind Davison’s class leading tally heading into the final round in Sydney.

Craig Lowndes endured a difficult second soft tyre run, which included being baulked by Shane van Gisbergen at Turn 12, and failed to improve from his earlier effort to end up fourth.

Davison had been the fastest of all on the first runs, at which point the top four were separated by just 0.08s.

Jonathon Webb scored his sixth top five starting spot of the year in his Tekno Holden ahead of Jason Bright, David Reynolds, Michael Caruso, Fabian Coulthard and Lee Holdsworth.

Shane van Gisbergen ended the session 11th after receiving a 60s pitlane hold penalty for his incident with Lowndes in the crucial final minutes.

David Wall was just one further position back in 12th – a career best starting position for the Wilson Security Racing Holden driver.

Fujitsu Racing’s Alexandre Premat also enjoyed one of his better sessions to end up 14th, two places higher than the star of yesterday’s race, James Moffat.

Whincup will head to the final round of the championship in Sydney next month with a lead in excess of the 300 points that will remain available if he finishes on the podium today, even if Winterbottom wins the race.

The 200km Race 28 is scheduled to get underway at 1535 local time.

Result: V8 Supercars Race 28 Qualifying, Winton Motor Raceway

1 TeamVodafone Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2 1:22.7970
2 Trading Post FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:22.8229 0:00.0259
3 Orrcon Steel FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 1:22.8476 0:00.0506
4 TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE2 1:23.0228 0:00.2258
5 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VE2 1:23.0499 0:00.2529
6 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2 1:23.0952 0:00.2982
7 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 1:23.1129 0:00.3159
8 Fujitsu Racing GRM Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2 1:23.1636 0:00.3666
9 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE2 1:23.1640 0:00.3670
10 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Falcon FG 1:23.1845 0:00.3875
11 SP Tools Racing Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 1:23.2159 0:00.4189
12 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VE2 1:23.2926 0:00.4956
13 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2 1:23.3028 0:00.5058
14 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VE2 1:23.3155 0:00.5185
15 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VE2 1:23.3683 0:00.5713
16 Team Norton DJR James Moffat Ford Falcon FG 1:23.3778 0:00.5808
17 Team iSelect Taz Douglas Holden Commodore VE2 1:23.4713 0:00.6743
18 Jim Beam Racing Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 1:23.5124 0:00.7154
19 Lucky 7 Racing Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 1:23.5243 0:00.7273
20 VIP Petfoods Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG 1:23.5484 0:00.7514
21 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 1:23.5576 0:00.7606
22 Tekno Autosports Michael Patrizi Holden Commodore VE2 1:23.5849 0:00.7879
23 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE2 1:23.6279 0:00.8309
24 Jack Daniel’s Racing Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VE2 1:23.6566 0:00.8596
25 Jim Beam Racing Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 1:23.6599 0:00.8629
26 Team Hiflex Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG 1:23.6819 0:00.8849
27 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE2 1:23.6854 0:00.8884
28 Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2 1:23.8200 0:01.0230

 

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