Will Davison has claimed back-to-back pole positions

Will Davison has claimed back-to-back pole positions after qualifying fastest once again at the last race of the V8 Supercars season. Despite the Ford Performance Racing drivers’ impressive achievements, everyone’s eyes were on the battle between the two championship protagonists, Jamie Whincup and yesterday’s race-winner Craig Lowndes.

This morning’s twenty-minute qualifying session was frantic, punctuated by a succession of spins and slides into the unforgiving concrete walls lining the Homebush circuit.

In his final championship race before retirement, Paul Dumbrell (Rod Nash Ford) and Garth Tander (HRT Holden) enjoyed a battle at the top of the timesheets, until Tander became one of the first victims to hit the wall.

Greg Murphy (Kelly Racing Holden), Dean Fiore (Triple F Ford) Jason Bargwanna (Brad Jones Holden) and Michael Caruso (GRM Holden) were other drivers to come to grief around the circuit, while Whincup was clearly feeling the strain when he had a spin at Turn 9.

In the dying minutes of the session, Lowndes had climbed to provisional pole, while a desperate Whincup was mired in 23rd.

But the FPR drivers Davison and team-mate Mark Winterbottom had other ideas, and quickly moved back to the top of the timesheets, before a late run by Whincup moved him into second place, displacing Winterbottom off the front row. Lowndes ended up fourth-quickest.

Whincup leads Lowndes by just 83 points, with today’s 74-lap race giving a maximum of 150 points to the race-winner. For Whincup to win the championship, he needs to finish inside the top-twelve, irrespective of where Lowndes manages to finish.

This afternoon’s race should be a thriller, and rain is expected to produce an added challenge for drivers as well.

 

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V8 Supercars Sydney Telstra 500 Qualifying Results (Race 1):

Driver Entry / Team Result
1. Will Davison Ford Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing 1:27.456
2. Jamie Whincup Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing 1:27.626
3. Mark Winterbottom Ford Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing 1:27.699
4. Craig Lowndes Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing 1:27.909
5. Paul Dumbrell Ford The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash 1:27.931
6. James Courtney Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team 1:28.000
7. Shane van Gisbergen Ford SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing 1:28.020
8. Jonathon Webb Ford Mother Energy Racing Team / Tekno 1:28.133
9. Tony D’Alberto Ford Wilson Security / Tony D’Alberto Racing 1:28.166
10. Lee Holdsworth Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:28.179
11. Steve Owen Holden VIP Petfoods / Paul Morris Motorsport 1:28.289
12. Rick Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing 1:28.399
13. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing 1:28.510
14. Todd Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing 1:28.523
15. David Reynolds Holden Stratco Racing / Kelly Racing 1:28.530
16. Alex Davison Ford Irwin / Stone Brothers Racing 1:28.554
17. Tim Slade Ford Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing 1:28.574
18. Fabian Coulthard Holden Bundaberg Racing / Walkinshaw Racing 1:28.602
19. James Moffat Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing 1:28.893
20. Jason Bargwanna Holden Jana Living Racing / Brad Jones Racing 1:28.947
21. Michael Caruso Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:28.982
22. Russell Ingall Holden Supercheap Auto / Paul Morris Motorsport 1:29.026
23. Warren Luff Holden Gulf Western Oil / Lucas Dumbrell 1:29.070
24. Karl Reindler Holden Fair Dinkum Sheds / Brad Jones Racing 1:29.100
25. Steven Johnson Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing 1:29.163
26. Garth Tander Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team no time
27. Greg Murphy Holden Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing no time
28. Dean Fiore Ford Westrac Racing / Triple F Racing no time

[Image via Daily Telegraph; video via V8 Supercars]

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