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Eastern Creek V8 Supercars: Craig Lowndes' form continues with race two pole

Craig Lowndes, Triple Eight Holden, Eastern Creek 2012Craig Lowndes followed up his Saturday Eastern Creek victory by beating his Triple Eight Holden team-mate Jamie Whincup to pole position for race two at the Sydney track.

It was Ford Performance Racing's Will Davison who was first to show his hand in the decisive charge on soft tyres at the end of the session, before Whincup hit the front on a 1m29.3821s.

But the champion's tenure on provisional pole lasted just a few seconds as Lowndes came through to depose him with a 1m29.2493s. Lowndes goes into Sunday afternoon's race chasing a fourth straight win.

Jason Bright burst through to third for Brad Jones Racing - his best qualifying performance of 2012 and a big improvement over his Saturday pace.

The FPR cars of points leader Mark Winterbottom and Davison had to settle for the final top five spots.

Pos  Driver               Team/Car              Time        Gap
 1.  Craig Lowndes        Triple 8 Holden       1m29.2493s
 2.  Jamie Whincup        Triple 8 Holden       1m29.3821s  + 0.1328s
 3.  Jason Bright         Brad Jones Holden     1m29.4061s  + 0.1568s
 4.  Mark Winterbottom    FPR Ford              1m29.5834s  + 0.3341s
 5.  Will Davison         FPR Ford              1m29.6040s  + 0.3547s
 6.  Michael Caruso       Garry Rogers Holden   1m29.6987s  + 0.4494s
 7.  Garth Tander         HRT Holden            1m29.7848s  + 0.5355s
 8.  Russell Ingall       Walkinshaw Holden     1m29.7995s  + 0.5502s
 9.  David Reynolds       Rod Nash/FPR Ford     1m29.8378s  + 0.5885s
10.  Fabian Coulthard     Brad Jones Holden     1m29.8419s  + 0.5926s
11.  Shane van Gisbergen  Stone Brothers Ford   1m29.8512s  + 0.6019s
12.  Jonathon Webb        Tekno Holden          1m29.9795s  + 0.7302s
13.  James Courtney       HRT Holden            1m29.9820s  + 0.7327s
14.  Rick Kelly           Kelly Holden          1m30.0252s  + 0.7759s
15.  Alexandre Premat     Garry Rogers Holden   1m30.0326s  + 0.7833s
16.  James Moffat         Dick Johnson Ford     1m30.1131s  + 0.8638s
17.  Steven Johnson       Dick Johnson Ford     1m30.1150s  + 0.8657s
18.  Tim Slade            Rosenberg/SBR Ford    1m30.1224s  + 0.8731s
19.  Michael Patrizi      Tekno Holden          1m30.1258s  + 0.8765s
20.  David Wall           Britek/BJR Holden     1m30.2237s  + 0.9744s
21.  Dean Fiore           Triple F/DJR Ford     1m30.2831s  + 1.0338s
22.  Tony D'Alberto       D'Alberto Ford        1m30.3336s  + 1.0843s
23.  Taz Douglas          Dumbrell Holden       1m30.4024s  + 1.1531s
24.  Lee Holdsworth       Stone Brothers Ford   1m30.5840s  + 1.3347s
25.  Todd Kelly           Kelly Holden          1m30.5938s  + 1.3445s
26.  Steve Owen           Paul Morris/DJR Ford  1m30.6440s  + 1.3947s
27.  Karl Reindler        Kelly Holden          1m30.7516s  + 1.5023s
28.  Jacques Villeneuve   Kelly Holden          1m31.6080s  + 2.3587s
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