Holdsworth claims race two pole

Garry Rogers Motorsport's Lee Holdsworth has taken pole position for the final race of the year at the Telstra 500 at Homebush

Holdsworth claims race two pole

Four times in the final ten minutes of the session Holdsworth set the fastest lap of the session, and though he remained on pole throughout those ten minutes, his final lap after the session ended proved crucial.

Jim Beam's James Courtney, Jack Daniels' Rick Kelly and Ford Performance Racing's Mark Winterbottom all beat Holdsworth's previous best time but not his final effort, and will line up second through fourth.

After showing pace in race one, Greg Murphy backed it up today with fifth on the grid, ahead of Holdsworth's team-mate Michael Caruso who was just fractions of a second faster than yesterday's pole man and race winner Garth Tander.

Team Vodafone's Craig Lowndes had a much better day in qualifying than yesterday, ninth just behind Jason Bright instead of 21st, with David Reynolds completing the top ten.

Will Davison's fight with Holden Racing Team team-mate for second in the championship has not been helped by qualifying 13th. However, the series champion had a session to forget, a persistent engine misfire meaning Jamie Whincup could qualify no better than 26th out of 29, just behind Todd Kelly.

Pos Driver Car Time 1. Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE 1:29.3047 2. James Courtney Ford Falcon FG 1:29.4040 + 0.0993 3. Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE 1:29.4306 + 0.1259 4. Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 1:29.4418 + 0.1371 5. Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE 1:29.5560 + 0.2513 6. Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE 1:29.6110 + 0.3063 7. Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE 1:29.6169 + 0.3122 8. Jason Bright Ford Falcon FG 1:29.6476 + 0.3429 9. Craig Lowndes Ford Falcon FG 1:29.7319 + 0.4272 10. David Reynolds Holden Commodore VE 1:29.7327 + 0.4280 11. Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE 1:29.8377 + 0.5330 12. Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VE 1:29.8571 + 0.5524 13. Will Davison Holden Commodore VE 1:29.9280 + 0.6233 14. Cameron McConville Holden Commodore VE 1:29.9594 + 0.6547 15. Jason Richards Holden Commodore VE 1:30.0267 + 0.7220 16. Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:30.1068 + 0.8021 17. Tony D'Alberto Holden Commodore VE 1:30.1386 + 0.8339 18. Tim Slade Holden Commodore VE 1:30.1406 + 0.8359 19. Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 1:30.1529 + 0.8482 20. Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG 1:30.2231 + 0.9184 21. Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE 1:30.2402 + 0.9355 22. Steven Richards Ford Falcon FG 1:30.3826 + 1.0779 23. Michael Patrizi Ford Falcon BF 1:30.5275 + 1.2228 24. Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 1:30.5706 + 1.2659 25. Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE 1:30.6933 + 1.3886 26. Jamie Whincup Ford Falcon FG 1:30.9750 + 1.6703 27. Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VE 1:31.0067 + 1.7020 28. Jack Perkins Holden Commodore VE 1:31.1191 + 1.8144 29. Mark McNally Holden Commodore VE 1:34.3783 + 5.0736 
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