Local driver Garth Tander has claimed pole position for today's race at Barbagallo Raceway

Garth Tander has won his third pole position of the 2012 V8 Supercars season, claiming top honours in an exciting rain-hit qualifying session ahead of the first of three races at Barbagallo Raceway, home of the Trading Post Perth Challenge.

With the twenty-minute session starting out on a damp track that slowly and steadily dried, Tander timed his run on slick tyres to perfection, posting a session-topping 1:02.1974 lap time on his final tour.

Tander shares the front row with last year’s Perth race-winner Jason Bright, who qualified his Team BOC Holden an impressive second-quickest. Bright has had a wretched season to-date, and the result will be a great confidence boost for the Brad Jones Racing team.

The second row of the grid is shared by defending champion Jamie Whincup, while Jonathon Webb will start from the outside position, having headed the timesheets early on in qualifying.

The third row of the grid is an all-Ford affair, with Ford Performance Racing stablemates Mark Winterbottom and David Reynolds starting fifth and sixth respectively.

The top-ten is completed by Fabian Coulthard, James Courtney, points’ leader Will Davison and Lee Holdsworth.

Aside from Bright’s shock result, the timesheets revealed few drivers who had qualified substantially out of position.

The only exception to this was Craig Lowndes, who will line up a lowly sixteenth in his TeamVodafone Commodore.

Today’s 50-lap race started at 2:05pm local time and more wet weather is expected.

2012 V8 Supercars Trading Post Perth Challenge – Race 1 Qualifying Results:

Driver Entry / Team Result
1. Garth Tander Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team 1:02.1974
2. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing 1:02.2725
3. Jamie Whincup Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing 1:02.3046
4. Jonathon Webb Holden Tekno Autosports 1:02.3631
5. Mark Winterbottom Ford Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing 1:02.3770
6. David Reynolds Ford The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash 1:02.4301
7. Fabian Coulthard Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing 1:02.4711
8. James Courtney Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team 1:02.5026
9. Will Davison Ford Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing 1:02.5549
10. Lee Holdsworth Ford Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing 1:02.5972
11. Steven Johnson Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing 1:02.8920
12. Steve Owen Ford VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing 1:02.9216
13. Todd Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing 1:02.9493
14. Shane van Gisbergen Ford SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing 1:02.9765
15. Rick Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing 1:02.9903
16. Craig Lowndes Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing 1:03.0088
17. Greg Murphy Holden Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing 1:03.0675
18. Tim Slade Ford Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing 1:03.1689
19. Dean Fiore Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing 1:03.2129
20. James Moffat Ford Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing 1:03.2521
21. Michael Caruso Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:03.2670
22. Russell Ingall Holden Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing 1:03.3093
23. Tony D’Alberto Ford HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing 1:03.4322
24. Taz Douglas Holden Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 1:03.5773
25. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:03.6266
26. Michael Patrizi Holden Tekno Autosports 1:03.6371
27. David Wall Holden Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing 1:03.8028
28. Karl Reindler Holden Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing 1:03.8624

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