Red Bull drivers Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes took the pole positions for Saturday’s races at the Clipsal 500, but it was the performance of Volvo that stole the show.
Scott McLaughlin put his S60 fifth and second in the respective 15 minute qualifying sessions on the Swedish marque’s return to the championship.
The 20-year-old had sat atop the order prior to the final green tyre runs in the second session.
At the end of the flurry Lowndes emerged ahead from McLaughlin, who had improved his time to remain on the front-row, Whincup, Jason Bright and Mark Winterbottom.
Further underlining the Volvo’s speed, McLaughlin apologised over the radio after the session, claiming “I should have had that (pole)” if not for a mistake.
The first session had seen Whincup edge team-mate Lowndes, with Winterbottom, James Courtney and McLaughlin completing the top five.
Third had been a solid result for Whincup in the second hit-out. The five-time champion had made contact with the Turn 1 tyre bundle on his first lap and languished in 20th prior to his final effort.
Second Volvo driver Robert Dahlgren had a less spectacular qualifying than his team-mate, with the Swede set to line-up 21st and 25th for his first two V8 Supercar races.
All five manufacturers had reason to be encouraged from the afternoon, with each putting at least one car in the top seven in one of the sessions.
As had been the case in practice, Lee Holdsworth led the Mercedes charge ahead of his new high profile team-mate Will Davison.
Todd Kelly and Michael Caruso meanwhile took it in turns to be the flag bearers for Nissan, trading seventh in the two sessions.
The V8 Supercars will complete a final practice session at 1250 local time tomorrow ahead of Race 1 of the season at 1620.
See below for the Race 1 qualifying result
|1||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.5849|
|2||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.7367||00.1518|
|3||Ford Pepsi Max Crew||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG||1:20.8204||00.2355|
|4||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.8312||00.2463|
|5||Valvoline Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||1:20.8350||00.2501|
|6||Team Tekno VIP Petfoods||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.8459||00.2610|
|7||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:20.9231||00.3382|
|8||Wilson Security Racing||Scott Pye||Ford Falcon FG||1:20.9479||00.3630|
|9||Supercheap Auto Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.9603||00.3754|
|10||Lockwood Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.0592||00.4743|
|11||Ford Pepsi Max Crew||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG||1:21.0598||00.4749|
|12||Norton Hornets||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||1:21.0719||00.4870|
|13||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.1735||00.5886|
|14||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:21.1935||00.6086|
|15||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.2250||00.6401|
|16||Erebus Motorsport V8||Lee Holdsworth||Mercedes E63 AMG||1:21.3285||00.7436|
|17||Norton Hornets||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||1:21.3611||00.7762|
|18||Repair Management Aust Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.4766||00.8917|
|19||Team Advam/GB||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.5583||00.9734|
|20||Wilson Security Racing||David Wall||Ford Falcon FG||1:21.5764||00.9915|
|21||Valvoline Racing GRM||Robert Dahlgren||Volvo S60||1:21.7651||01.1802|
|22||The Bottle-O Racing Team||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG||1:21.8145||01.2296|
|23||Team JELD-WEN||Jack Perkins||Ford Falcon FG||1:22.1294||01.5445|
|24||Erebus Motorsport V8||Will Davison||Mercedes E63 AMG||1:22.4255||01.8406|
|25||Walkinshaw Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||1:23.3727||02.7878|
See below for the Race 2 qualifying result
|1||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.4155|
|2||Valvoline Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||1:20.5258||00.1103|
|3||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.5699||00.1544|
|4||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.6474||00.2319|
|5||Ford Pepsi Max Crew||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG||1:20.6900||00.2745|
|6||Erebus Motorsport V8||Lee Holdsworth||Mercedes E63 AMG||1:20.7119||00.2964|
|7||Norton Hornets||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||1:20.7337||00.3182|
|8||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.7735||00.3580|
|9||Wilson Security Racing||Scott Pye||Ford Falcon FG||1:20.8208||00.4053|
|10||Ford Pepsi Max Crew||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG||1:20.8530||00.4375|
|11||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:20.8712||00.4557|
|12||Supercheap Auto Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.9075||00.4920|
|13||Walkinshaw Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.9294||00.5139|
|14||Norton Hornets||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||1:20.9350||00.5195|
|15||Team Tekno VIP Petfoods||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.9576||00.5421|
|16||Lockwood Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.9642||00.5487|
|17||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:21.0138||00.5983|
|18||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.0163||00.6008|
|19||The Bottle-O Racing Team||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG||1:21.1581||00.7426|
|20||Erebus Motorsport V8||Will Davison||Mercedes E63 AMG||1:21.1956||00.7801|
|21||Wilson Security Racing||David Wall||Ford Falcon FG||1:21.2844||00.8689|
|22||Team JELD-WEN||Jack Perkins||Ford Falcon FG||1:21.3997||00.9842|
|23||Team Advam/GB||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.6160||01.2005|
|24||Repair Management Aust Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.7130||01.2975|
|25||Valvoline Racing GRM||Robert Dahlgren||Volvo S60||1:21.7925||01.3770|
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