Sandown V8s: Will Davison wins qualifying heat to secure pole

Will Davison and FPR Ford co-driver Steve Owen will start on pole position for V8 Supercars' Sandown 500 on Sunday

Sandown V8s: Will Davison wins qualifying heat to secure pole

The duo secured pole after Davison beat Triple Eight's points leader Jamie Whincup to victory in a relatively incident-free second qualifying heat.

Craig Lowndes and Mark Winterbottom will share the second row, meaning a top-four lockout for the championship's lead quartet.

Davison got the jump on Whincup away from the line, and from there managed to control the 20-lap race to set up pole for tomorrow's race, which forms the first part of the newly-established Endurance Cup.

Behind the lead duo Lowndes jumped Chaz Mostert and Garth Tander - the latter of whom made a terrible getaway - to move into a third place he would ultimately preserve for the remainder of the race.

Mostert ran in fourth until the penultimate lap, when Winterbottom was able to pick him off.

HRT's Tander meanwhile dropped from fourth to 17th, ran off the road on lap five but was still able to fight his way through to 13th at the flag, right on the tail of Alexandre Premat.

It was a bad race too for both Brad Jones men, as Fabian Coulthard and Jason Bright both missed out on the top 10.

Coulthard, who comes into the weekend fifth in the championship, started from 11th and surrendered four places over the 20 laps to finish the race in 15th.

Bright meanwhile fought his way from 14th to 11th, directly behind Nissan's Todd Kelly.

Tekno's Shane van Gisbergen will start 14th, having picked off Coulthard in the final laps.

Results - 20 laps:

Pos  Driver               Team/Car                      Time/Gap
 1.  Will Davison         FPR Ford                   23m19.2166s
 2.  Jamie Whincup        Triple Eight Holden           +5.6534s
 3.  Craig Lowndes        Triple Eight Holden           +6.2144s
 4.  Mark Winterbottom    FPR Ford                      +8.5295s
 5.  Chaz Mostert         Dick Johnson Ford             +9.0362s
 6.  David Reynolds       Rod Nash/FPR Ford             +9.3283s
 7.  James Courtney       HRT Holden                    +9.8601s
 8.  Tim Slade            Rosenberg/Erebus Mercedes    +10.2364s
 9.  Scott McLaughlin     GRM Holden                   +14.8995s
10.  Todd Kelly           Nissan                       +17.0720s
11.  Jason Bright         Brad Jones Holden            +17.6417s
12.  Alexandre Premat     GRM Holden                   +18.3745s
13.  Garth Tander         HRT Holden                   +18.6760s
14.  Shane van Gisbergen  Tekno Holden                 +19.2487s
15.  Fabian Coulthard     Brad Jones Holden            +23.2755s
16.  Russell Ingall       Walkinshaw/HRT Holden        +28.8478s
17.  Tony D'Alberto       D'Alberto Holden             +29.0967s
18.  David Wall           Britek/BJR Holden            +29.8171s
19.  Lee Holdsworth       Erebus Mercedes              +30.6143s
20.  James Moffat         Nissan                       +31.7412s
21.  Rick Kelly           Nissan                       +32.1141s
22.  Tim Blanchard        Dick Johnson Ford            +32.5073s
23.  Jonathon Webb        Tekno Holden                 +33.8746s
24.  Michael Caruso       Nissan                       +33.9821s
25.  Maro Engel           Erebus Mercedes              +34.0918s
26.  Scott Pye            Dumbrell Holden              +43.1789s
27.  Alex Davison         Schwerkolt/FPR Ford             +1 lap

Retirements:

   Dean Fiore           Dumbrell Holden              +35.2655s

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