Holdsworth takes Townsville pole

Garry Rogers Motorsport driver Lee Holdsworth has taken pole position for the inaugural race on the streets of Townsville for the Dunlop Townsville 400

Holdsworth takes Townsville pole

Holdsworth was eighth before the shootout but put together a clean lap to take pole position just ahead of James Courtney and Garth Tander, Courtney having been on the pace throughout the weekend, including setting the fastest time in qualifying before the top-ten shootout.

Holdsworth's team-mate Michael Caruso, winner of the second race at Hidden Valley, was fourth fastest, with Tander's team-mate Will Davison completing the top five.

After starting the shootout with the second and third-fastest times, ninth and tenth was not where series leader Jamie Whincup and Fabian Coulthard expected to start, but both drivers struggled to put together a clean lap in the top ten runoff.

Whincup's team-mate Craig Lowndes had an even worse session, qualifying 15th just behind Russell Ingall.

Both Ford Performance Racing and Jack Daniels Racing had a poor session, 16th and 21st for Mark Winterbottom and Steven Richards for FPR and 17th and 19th for Todd Kelly and Rick Kelly for Jack Daniels is not where they expected to be.

Pos Driver Car Time 1. Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE 1:12.7327 2. James Courtney Ford Falcon FG 1:12.8082 + 0.0755 3. Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE 1:12.8263 + 0.0936 4. Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE 1:12.8977 + 0.1650 5. Will Davison Holden Commodore VE 1:12.9407 + 0.2080 6. Jason Richards Holden Commodore VE 1:13.0736 + 0.3409 7. Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 1:13.0858 + 0.3531 8. Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 1:13.2687 + 0.5360 9. Jamie Whincup Ford Falcon FG 1:13.3629 + 0.6302 10. Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG 1:13.6079 + 0.8752 11. David Reynolds Holden Commodore VE 1:13.0255 + 0.2928 12. Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VE 1:13.0260 + 0.2933 13. Cameron McConville Holden Commodore VE 1:13.0533 + 0.3206 14. Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE 1:13.0584 + 0.3257 15. Craig Lowndes Ford Falcon FG 1:13.1465 + 0.4138 16. Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 1:13.2002 + 0.4675 17. Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE 1:13.4012 + 0.6685 18. Michael Patrizi Ford Falcon BF 1:13.4232 + 0.6905 19. Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE 1:13.5178 + 0.7851 20. Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE 1:13.5230 + 0.7903 21. Steven Richards Ford Falcon FG 1:13.5088 + 0.7761 22. Tony D'Alberto Holden Commodore VE 1:13.5341 + 0.8014 23. Tim Slade Holden Commodore VE 1:13.5438 + 0.8111 24. Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:13.7166 + 0.9839 25. Jack Perkins Holden Commodore VE 1:13.7420 + 1.0093 26. Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE 1:13.7738 + 1.0411 27. Jason Bright Ford Falcon FG 1:13.7867 + 1.0540 28. Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VE 1:13.8292 + 1.0965 29. Mark McNally Holden Commodore VE 1:14.9106 + 2.1779 
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