Jamie Whincup has won pole position for both of today's races at Barbagallo Raceway

Defending V8 Supercars Champion has claimed pole position for both of today’s Trading Post Perth Challenge races at Barbagallo Raceway.

The TeamVodafone driver beat yesterday’s race-winner Mark Winterbottom to top spot by the narrowest of margins in the day’s first qualifying session, before going out again to claim top spot in the second session from team-mate Craig Lowndes.

With today’s action featuring two fifteen-minute qualifying sessions before the day’s two 50-lap races, it was important for all concerned that they had incident free qualifying runs.

The first session, run on Dunlop’s harder tyre compound, proved relatively straightforward, with Whincup edging out Winterbottom by less than three-thousandths of a second – equivalent to just 10 centimetres on this 2.4-kilometre circuit – to claim top spot.

Winterbottom’s team-mate and former points leader Will Davison will start from third place, sharing the second row of the grid with Lee Holdsworth.

Garth Tander had mixed fortunes in qualifyingContinuing his solid qualifying form from yesterday, Jason Bright will start from fifth place, with FPR wild child David Reynolds in sixth in his Bottle-O sponsored Ford. The top ten is completed by tim Slade, Fabian Coulthard, Michael Patrizi (his best performance of the season) and his Tekno team-mate Jonathon Webb.

By contrast, Craig Lowndes had another poor session and will line up 14th, while the factory TOLL HRTs of James Courtney (17th) and Garth Tander (20th) start even further down the field.

The second session produced a little more drama, with Tax Douglas bringing out a red flag with less than two minutes left on the session. The Lucas Dumbrell Holden driver slid into the gravel trap, leading to the full-course stoppage while his car was retrieved.

With less than 90 seconds left on the clock when the track opened for the rest of the session, some drivers were able to scramble around on their out-lap just quick enough to pump out one more timed lap.

Taking advantage of his prime pit box position at pit exit, Whincup was able to circulate quickly enough to get his flying lap started before the session ended, and posted a 55.2889-second lap-time to take top spot from team-mate Craig Lowndes.

It’s an all-FPR second row, with Will Davison beating Mark Winterbottom into third spot, while their stablemate David Reynolds starts from fifth.

Russell Ingall had actually posted the fifth-fastest time, but his result was excluded and so he will start from the back of the grid.

The top-ten was completed by Fabian Coulthard, Shane van Gisbergen, James Courtney, Michael Patrizi and Tim Slade.


2012 V8 Supercars Trading Post Perth Challenge – Race 2 Qualifying Results:

Driver Entry / Team Result
1. Jamie Whincup Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing 56.3260
2. Mark Winterbottom Ford Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing + 0.0029
3. Will Davison Ford Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing + 0.0179
4. Lee Holdsworth Ford Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing + 0.1374
5. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing + 0.1923
6. David Reynolds Ford The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash + 0.2803
7. Tim Slade Ford Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing + 0.3483
8. Fabian Coulthard Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 0.3901
9. Michael Patrizi Holden Tekno Autosports + 0.4015
10. Jonathon Webb Holden Tekno Autosports + 0.4086
11. Dean Fiore Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 0.4087
12. Shane van Gisbergen Ford SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing + 0.4097
13. James Moffat Ford Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing + 0.4498
14. Craig Lowndes Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing + 0.5356
15. Rick Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing + 0.5394
16. Michael Caruso Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 0.5554
17. James Courtney Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team + 0.5558
18. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 0.6058
19. Russell Ingall Holden Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing + 0.6092
20. Garth Tander Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team + 0.6466
21. Todd Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing + 0.6645
22. Tony D’Alberto Ford HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing + 0.7500
23. Steve Owen Ford VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing + 0.7697
24. Steven Johnson Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 0.8207
25. Greg Murphy Holden Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing + 0.8621
26. David Wall Holden Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing + 0.9121
27. Taz Douglas Holden Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 1.0046
28. Karl Reindler Holden Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing + 1.1494



2012 V8 Supercars Trading Post Perth Challenge – Race 3 Qualifying Results:

Driver Entry / Team Result
1. Jamie Whincup Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing 55.2889
2. Craig Lowndes Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing + 0.1336
3. Will Davison Ford Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing + 0.2875
4. Mark Winterbottom Ford Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing + 0.3022
5. David Reynolds Ford The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash + 0.4425
6. Fabian Coulthard Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 0.4569
7. Shane van Gisbergen Ford SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing + 0.4861
8. James Courtney Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team + 0.5602
9. Michael Patrizi Holden Tekno Autosports + 0.5841
10. Tim Slade Ford Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing + 0.5906
11. Rick Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing + 0.5976
12. Garth Tander Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team + 0.5977
13. Lee Holdsworth Ford Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing + 0.6114
14. Dean Fiore Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 0.6296
15. James Moffat Ford Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing + 0.6335
16. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing + 0.6594
17. Jonathon Webb Holden Tekno Autosports + 0.6809
18. Tony D’Alberto Ford HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing + 0.7019
19. Todd Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing + 0.7422
20. Steve Owen Ford VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing + 0.7620
21. Michael Caruso Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 0.9043
22. David Wall Holden Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing + 0.9273
23. Steven Johnson Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 0.9319
24. Greg Murphy Holden Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing + 1.0803
25. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 1.0811
26. Taz Douglas Holden Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 1.1833
27. Karl Reindler Holden Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing + 1.2334
28. Russell Ingall Holden Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing Disallowed

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