Sydney V8 Supercars: Tim Slade claims maiden pole

Tim Slade claimed his maiden V8 Supercars pole position in qualifying for race one of the 2012 season finale on Sydney's Homebush street circuit

Rain showers in the provisional qualifying session meant a host of big names missed out on the top-10 shoot-out in the scramble for laptimes when the circuit was at its best.

Champion Jamie Whincup will start only 14th, two places ahead of his Triple 8 Holden team-mate Craig Lowndes, while erstwhile title contender Mark Winterbottom is back in 25th for Ford Performance Racing.

Winterbottom's team-mate Will Davison grabbed the fastest time in that session, but an error in the pole decider left him only second as Slade secured his first pole in the Rosenberg/Stone Brothers Ford.

The rest of the top 10 has a very unfamiliar look. Steven Johnson, Alexandre Premat and Michael Caruso complete the top five.

Shane van Gisbergen qualified eighth for his final race in the series. Van Gisbergen recently shocked the sport by announcing that he was not only leaving Stone Brothers at the end of the season, but walking away from V8s completely.

A loss of oil pressure meant Rick Kelly could not complete a shoot-out lap so he starts 10th.

Pos  Driver               Team/Car               Time        Gap
 1.  Tim Slade            Rosenberg/SBR Ford     1m29.5515s
 2.  Will Davison         FPR Ford               1m29.6391s  + 0.0876s
 3.  Steven Johnson       Dick Johnson Ford      1m29.6679s  + 0.1164s
 4.  Alexandre Premat     Garry Rogers Holden    1m30.0178s  + 0.4663s
 5.  Michael Caruso       Garry Rogers Holden    1m30.1553s  + 0.6038s
 6.  Russell Ingall       Walkinshaw/HRT Holden  1m30.2692s  + 0.7177s
 7.  Tony D'Alberto       D'Alberto Ford         1m30.3391s  + 0.7876s
 8.  Shane van Gisbergen  Stone Brothers Ford    1m30.4779s  + 0.9264s
 9.  James Moffat         Dick Johnson Ford      1m30.5385s  + 0.9870s
10.  Rick Kelly           Kelly Holden
11.  Jason Bright         Brad Jones Holden      1m30.9038s  Qual 1
12.  Fabian Coulthard     Brad Jones Holden      1m30.9226s  Qual 1
13.  James Courtney       HRT Holden             1m30.9300s  Qual 1
14.  Jamie Whincup        Triple 8 Holden        1m30.9770s  Qual 1
15.  Garth Tander         HRT Holden             1m30.9820s  Qual 1
16.  Craig Lowndes        Triple 8 Holden        1m30.9989s  Qual 1
17.  Lee Holdsworth       Stone Brothers Ford    1m31.0444s  Qual 1
18.  David Reynolds       Rod Nash/FPR Ford      1m31.1944s  Qual 1
19.  Greg Murphy          Kelly Holden           1m31.2196s  Qual 1
20.  Dean Fiore           Triple F/DJR Ford      1m31.5836s  Qual 1
21.  Karl Reindler        Kelly Holden           1m31.7399s  Qual 1
22.  Taz Douglas          Dumbrell Holden        1m31.7422s  Qual 1
23.  Steve Owen           Paul Morris/DJR Ford   1m31.7526s  Qual 1
24.  Jonathon Webb        Tekno Holden           1m31.8283s  Qual 1
25.  Mark Winterbottom    FPR Ford               1m31.8486s  Qual 1
26.  Michael Patrizi      Tekno Holden           1m32.6801s  Qual 1
27.  David Wall           Britek/BJR Holden      1m33.1485s  Qual 1
28.  Tim Blanchard        Kelly Holden           1m33.1699s  Qual 1
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