Whincup claims race two pole

Team Vodafone's Jamie Whincup continued on where he left off in race one by claiming pole position for race two of The Island 300 at Phillip Island

Whincup claims race two pole

Whincup was fast early in the session and went to the top of the times with less than three minutes remaining, and then went a tenth and a half faster on his next lap to secure pole position.

The improvement proved crucial as Ford Performance Racing's Mark Winterbottom only just failed to beat his time, missing out by less than 0.05 of a second with a lap in the dying seconds of the session.

Third on the grid will be Team Autobarn's Paul Dumbrell, putting in an impressive performance after going off at Doohan Corner at high speed early in the session.

Just behind Dumbrell will be Jason Richards, Rick Kelly, Shane van Gisbergen and Steven Johnson, the four drivers separated by six-hundredths of a second, van Gisbergen and Johnson separated by just 0.0002s!

Completing the top ten on the grid will be yesterday's pole man Jason Bright in eighth, followed by championship contender Will Davison for Holden Racing Team and Garry Rogers driver Michael Caruso.

Starting alongside each other after their contact yesterday in race one will be Todd Kelly and Craig Lowndes in 11th and 12th, contact for which Lowndes was given a 38 second penalty, demoted him to 28th in the race one results, just one place ahead of Kelly.

Starting just behind them will be Garth Tander in the second HRT car, surprisingly down the grid for the third qualifying session in a row, just ahead of another usual top-ten qualifier, Fabian Coulthard.

With his unwell team-mate starting seventh, James Courtney must have been disappointed to only set the 18th fastest time, though he is closer to his team-mate than Steven Richards in the second FPR car, starting 24th while team-mate Winterbottom starts from the front row.

Pos Driver Car Time 1. Jamie Whincup Ford Falcon FG 1:35.1992 2. Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 1:35.2470 + 0.0478 3. Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VE 1:35.4984 + 0.2992 4. Jason Richards Holden Commodore VE 1:35.5161 + 0.3169 5. Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE 1:35.5433 + 0.3441 6. Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 1:35.5745 + 0.3753 7. Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 1:35.5747 + 0.3755 8. Jason Bright Ford Falcon FG 1:35.6667 + 0.4675 9. Will Davison Holden Commodore VE 1:35.6711 + 0.4719 10. Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE 1:35.7320 + 0.5328 11. Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE 1:35.7848 + 0.5856 12. Craig Lowndes Ford Falcon FG 1:35.8131 + 0.6139 13. Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE 1:35.8234 + 0.6242 14. Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG 1:35.8551 + 0.6559 15. Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:35.8700 + 0.6708 16. Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE 1:35.8702 + 0.6710 17. Tim Slade Holden Commodore VE 1:36.0147 + 0.8155 18. James Courtney Ford Falcon FG 1:36.0313 + 0.8321 19. Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE 1:36.1764 + 0.9772 20. Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE 1:36.2916 + 1.0924 21. Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE 1:36.3223 + 1.1231 22. David Reynolds Holden Commodore VE 1:36.3596 + 1.1604 23. Cameron McConville Holden Commodore VE 1:36.4367 + 1.2375 24. Steven Richards Ford Falcon FG 1:36.4701 + 1.2709 25. Tony D'Alberto Holden Commodore VE 1:36.6728 + 1.4736 26. Michael Patrizi Ford Falcon BF 1:36.7024 + 1.5032 27. Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VE 1:36.7710 + 1.5718 28. Jack Perkins Holden Commodore VE 1:36.8395 + 1.6403 29. Mark McNally Holden Commodore VE 1:38.0072 + 2.8080 
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