Whincup on Townsville race two pole

Jamie Whincup took pole position for race two of the Sucrogen Townsville 400, leading an all-Team Vodafone front row

Whincup on Townsville race two pole

Whincup set a time of 1m12.8357s six minutes into the 20 minute session, a lap which would have proved good enough for pole, but with three minutes remaining in the session he went faster again, taking pole by three tenths of a second ahead of team-mate Craig Lowndes.

Garth Tander was next best for HRT, while fourth fastest was James Courtney, who was found guilty of careless driving in yesterday's race for spinning his team-mate Steven Johnson.

However, despite Johnson losing 17 places and Shane van Gisbergen also losing a handful of places as he avoided Johnson's spun car, Courtney was given no penalty.

Another good qualifying session for Jason Bright saw him fifth fastest, with FPR's Mark Winterbottom next ahead of an improved performance for Will Davison.

Jason Richards showed his practice and race one speed again in today's qualifying session, lining up eighth, just ahead of a group of cars from ninth to 14th split by a tiny margin, Steven Johnson, Steven Richards, Lee Holdsworth, Jonathon Webb, Greg Murphy and Paul Dumbrell covered by less than five hundredths of a second.

Russell Ingall split the difference between yesterday's qualifying and race results to qualify 18th, nine places better than yesterday's starting position.

However, the three Stone Brothers cars struggled. After qualifying ninth, 17th and 19th yesterday, today 17th was the best any of the three cars could do, with the other two mired down in 24th and 25th place.

They were still better off than Todd Kelly, who will start from second-last position on the grid in 28th.

Pos Driver Car Time 1. Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE 1m12.7275s 2. Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE 1m13.0095s +0.2820s 3. Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE 1m13.1002s +0.3727s 4. James Courtney Ford Falcon FG 1m13.1261s +0.3986s 5. Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE 1m13.1607s +0.4332s 6. Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 1m13.2774s +0.5499s 7. Will Davison Holden Commodore VE 1m13.2878s +0.5603s 8. Jason Richards Holden Commodore VE 1m13.3214s +0.5939s 9. Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 1m13.3435s +0.6160s 10. Steven Richards Ford Falcon FG 1m13.3440s +0.6165s 11. Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE 1m13.3552s +0.6277s 12. Jonathon Webb Ford Falcon FG 1m13.3620s +0.6345s 13. Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE 1m13.3844s +0.6569s 14. Paul Dumbrell Ford Falcon FG 1m13.3851s +0.6576s 15. Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE 1m13.4166s +0.6891s 16. Tony D'Alberto Holden Commodore VE 1m13.4546s +0.7271s 17. Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 1m13.4768s +0.7493s 18. Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE 1m13.4798s +0.7523s 19. Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE 1m13.5787s +0.8512s 20. Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE 1m13.5812s +0.8537s 21. Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE 1m13.5956s +0.8681s 22. Andrew Thompson Holden Commodore VE 1m13.6622s +0.9347s 23. Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE 1m13.6925s +0.9650s 24. Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 1m13.7422s +1.0147s 25. Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 1m13.8073s +1.0798s 26. Cameron McConville Holden Commodore VE 1m13.8208s +1.0933s 27. Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 1m13.8239s +1.0964s 28. Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE 1m13.8531s +1.1256s 29. Tony Ricciardello Holden Commodore VE 1m15.1429s +2.4154s 
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