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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

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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