Mark Winterbottom has won his second pole position of the 2012 V8 Supercars season

Mark Winterbottom has given every indication that Ford Performance Racing will be a serious threat at this weekend’s V8 Supercars Phillip Island 300 by winning pole position for today’s opening race. The Victorian narrowly edged out FPR team-mate David Reynolds for top spot, while Will Davison will start from fourth place.

While series points leader Jamie Whincup led the way early on in today’s twenty-minute qualifying session, the three FPR cars entered contention for pole with their first flying laps on new tyres halfway into the session.

While Whincup was unable to improve his time on his final run – falling to eighth at the end – Ford’s factory trio moved to the pointy end of the timesheets on their final runs, with no one able to break the Winterbottom-Reynolds front row.

Jason Bright was the quickest Holden driver in the field with the third-fastest effort overall, while Tim Slade rounds out the top five in his Stone Brothers Ford.

Completing the top ten places are Rick Kelly, Craig Lowndes, Whincup, Garth Tander and Lee Holdsworth.

The first of this weekend’s two races gets underway at 4:05pm local time (GMT+10).


2012 V8 Supercars Phillip Island 300 – Race 1 Qualifying Results:

Driver Entry / Team Result
1. Mark Winterbottom Ford Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing 1:32.1320
2. David Reynolds Ford The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash + 0.1199
3. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing + 0.2053
4. Will Davison Ford Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing + 0.2518
5. Tim Slade Ford Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing + 0.2798
6. Rick Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing + 0.2835
7. Craig Lowndes Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing + 0.3048
8. Jamie Whincup Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing + 0.3895
9. Garth Tander Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team + 0.4111
10. Lee Holdsworth Ford Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing + 0.5118
11. Shane van Gisbergen Ford SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing + 0.5190
12. Fabian Coulthard Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 0.7779
13. Jonathon Webb Holden Tekno Autosports + 0.9035
14. Steve Owen Ford VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing + 0.9108
15. Steven Johnson Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 0.9340
16. James Courtney Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team + 1.0452
17. Michael Caruso Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 1.0930
18. Dean Fiore Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 1.1810
19. Michael Patrizi Holden Tekno Autosports + 1.1898
20. Greg Murphy Holden Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing + 1.2151
21. Tony D’Alberto Ford HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing + 1.2227
22. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 1.3207
23. Todd Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing + 1.3351
24. Russell Ingall Holden Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing + 1.4430
25. Taz Douglas Holden Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 1.4983
26. Karl Reindler Holden Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing + 1.5938
27. James Moffat Ford Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing + 1.5971
28. David Wall Holden Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing + 1.7004

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