Tander nicks Ipswich race one pole

Holden Racing Team's Garth Tander took pole position in qualifying for the first race of the Ipswich 300 at Queensland Raceway

Tander nicks Ipswich race one pole

Tander was only eighth fastest going into the shootout, but put together a clean lap to end the shootout fastest, holding off Jim Beam Racing's James Courtney who was over four tenths faster than anyone else in the qualifying session, a mistake at turn three on his shootout lap costing him dearly.

Behind them on the second row were a pair of Fords, with young Shane van Gisbergen ahead of Mark Winterbottom, with Steven Johnson just a tick slower than 'Frosty'.

Having headed into the shootout a place ahead of his team-mate, Will Davison must have been disappointed to end up still in seventh, although he'd done better than Team Vodafone's Craig Lowndes, who slipped from fourth to eighth.

A surprise in tenth was the privateer effort of Dean Fiore in his Triple F Falcon, and just as big a surprise was that he was two places ahead of series leader Jamie Whincup, who struggled with set-up and failed to put a good enough lap together to make the shootout.

Three drivers who may have expected to be much further up the grid were Paul Dumbrell, Jason Richards and Russell Ingall in 22nd, 23rd and 24th places, although some consolation could be taken from the fact the whole field except for Tony Ricciardello was within nine tenths of pole position.

Pos Driver Car Time 1. Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE 1m09.8526s 2. James Courtney Ford Falcon FG 1m09.9499s +0.0973s 3. Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 1m09.9803s +0.1277s 4. Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 1m10.0275s +0.1749s 5. Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 1m10.0409s +0.1883s 6. Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE 1m10.2304s +0.3778s 7. Will Davison Holden Commodore VE 1m10.2772s +0.4246s 8. Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE 1m10.3083s +0.4557s 9. Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE 1m10.6301s +0.7775s 10. Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 1m10.8342s +0.9816s 11. Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE 1m10.2813s +0.4287s 12. Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE 1m10.2921s +0.4395s 13. Jonathon Webb Ford Falcon FG 1m10.3097s +0.4571s 14. Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 1m10.3355s +0.4829s 15. Steven Richards Ford Falcon FG 1m10.3460s +0.4934s 16. Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE 1m10.3744s +0.5218s 17. Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE 1m10.3944s +0.5418s 18. Tony D'Alberto Holden Commodore VE 1m10.3964s +0.5438s 19. Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE 1m10.3990s +0.5464s 20. Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE 1m10.4219s +0.5693s 21. Daniel Gaunt Holden Commodore VE 1m10.4275s +0.5749s 22. Paul Dumbrell Ford Falcon FG 1m10.4419s +0.5893s 23. Jason Richards Holden Commodore VE 1m10.4580s +0.6054s 24. Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE 1m10.4671s +0.6145s 25. Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 1m10.5276s +0.6750s 26. Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE 1m10.5645s +0.7119s 27. Andrew Thompson Holden Commodore VE 1m10.5797s +0.7271s 28. Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE 1m10.7323s +0.8797s 29. Tony Ricciardello Holden Commodore VE 1m11.3629s +1.5103s 
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