Whincup takes narrow pole

Team Vodafone's Jamie Whincup took a narrow pole position for the first race of the QueenslandHouseandLand.com 300 at Queensland Raceway

Whincup takes narrow pole

Whincup was fifth in regular qualifying but jumped to the top of the times in the shootout, just edging out Ford Performance Racing's Mark Winterbottom by 0.0061 of a second.

Six-hundredths of a second behind them was Jim Beam Racing's James Courtney, with Holden Racing Team's Garth Tander just over a tenth of a second off pole. Whincup's team-mate Craig Lowndes completed the top five.

Steven Johnson, Shane van Gisbergen and Fabian Coulthard were next in the order, while Jason Bright will start ninth after setting the fastest time leading into the shootout.

Some of the drivers who failed to make the shootout included Lee Holdsworth in 11th, Will Davison in 13th and Russell Ingall in 14th, with the second FPR car of Steven Richards down in 16th.

While Todd Kelly set the tenth fastest time, his brother Rick had suspension dramas and will start from almost the back of the grid in 28th position.

Pos Driver Car Time 1. Jamie Whincup Ford Falcon FG 1:10.8529 2. Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 1:10.8590 + 0.0061 3. James Courtney Ford Falcon FG 1:10.9178 + 0.0649 4. Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE 1:10.9715 + 0.1186 5. Craig Lowndes Ford Falcon FG 1:10.9888 + 0.1359 6. Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 1:11.0443 + 0.1914 7. Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 1:11.1024 + 0.2495 8. Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG 1:11.2470 + 0.3941 9. Jason Bright Ford Falcon FG 1:11.3434 + 0.4905 10. Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE 1:11.7262 + 0.8733 11. Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE 1:11.1594 + 0.3065 12. Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:11.1628 + 0.3099 13. Will Davison Holden Commodore VE 1:11.1797 + 0.3268 14. Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE 1:11.2269 + 0.3740 15. Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE 1:11.2708 + 0.4179 16. Steven Richards Ford Falcon FG 1:11.2987 + 0.4458 17. Tim Slade Holden Commodore VE 1:11.3086 + 0.4557 18. Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE 1:11.4373 + 0.5844 19. Michael Patrizi Ford Falcon BF 1:11.6478 + 0.7949 20. Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE 1:11.8072 + 0.9543 21. Tony D'Alberto Holden Commodore VE 1:11.7114 + 0.8585 22. Cameron McConville Holden Commodore VE 1:11.7394 + 0.8865 23. Jason Richards Holden Commodore VE 1:11.8350 + 0.9821 24. Jack Perkins Holden Commodore VE 1:11.8846 + 1.0317 25. Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VE 1:11.8909 + 1.0380 26. David Reynolds Holden Commodore VE 1:11.9033 + 1.0504 27. Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VE 1:12.3120 + 1.4591 28. Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE 1:12.5234 + 1.6705 29. Mark McNally Holden Commodore VE 1:12.6775 + 1.8246 
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