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

Sydney V8 Supercars: Tim Slade claims maiden pole

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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