Will Davison has secured pole position for today's race at Hidden Valley

V8 Supercars Championship points’ leader has claimed pole position for today’s opening race of the SkyCity Triple Crown at Darwin, posting a stunning lap-time in today’s Top-10 Qualifying Shootout at Hidden Valley Raceway.

Having been second-quickest in the day’s earlier ‘open’ qualifying session, Davison shot to top spot on his single-lap effort, beating Ford Performance Racing stablemate David Reynolds to provisional pole by a comfortable 0.4 seconds.

Davison’s team-mate Mark Winterbottom – a specialist at Hidden Valley, and quickest in the first qualifying session – was unable to claim a fifth pole position at the circuit and had to settle for the fourth-fastest time when he ran wide at Turn 1.

Defending V8 Supercars champion Jamie Whincup is the fastest Holden driver in the field, with the TeamVodafone driver claiming third spot on the grid for today’s race.

Not surprisingly, it was a closely-fought opening qualifying session that saw much of the field covered by less than one second.

Finding a clear piece of track on which to complete a decent timed lap would prove crucial and – with the soft Dunlop tyre proving only good enough for one flier in the baking conditions – this saw several drivers come up short.

By far the biggest victim in the session was Whincup’s team-mate Craig Lowndes, who lines up a lowly 20th-fastest after being unable to improve on his fastest lap-time of the session in the closing minutes of play.

Jason Bright was another who failed to improve on his best set of tyres, although the damage to his grid position was comparatively light, leaving him twelfth on the grid for this afternoon’s 120-kilometre race.

2012 V8 Supercars SkyCity Triple Crown Darwin – Race 1 Qualifying Results:

Driver Entry / Team Result  
1. Will Davison Ford Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing 1:08.6664 T10
2. David Reynolds Ford The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash 1:09.0860 T10
3. Jamie Whincup Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing 1:09.1099 T10
4. Mark Winterbottom Ford Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing 1:09.2606 T10
5. Shane van Gisbergen Ford SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing 1:09.3336 T10
6. Tim Slade Ford Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing 1:09.4376 T10
7. Garth Tander Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team 1:09.4732 T10
8. Lee Holdsworth Ford Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing 1:09.4996 T10
9. Rick Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing 1:09.5224 T10
10. Fabian Coulthard Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing 1:09.5359 T10
  Driver Top-10 Shootout Cut-Off Time 1:09.0058  
11. Steve Owen Ford VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing 1:09.1558 Q1
12. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing 1:09.1567 Q1
13. Todd Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing 1:09.1627 Q1
14. Russell Ingall Holden Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing 1:09.1655 Q1
15. Michael Caruso Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:09.1704 Q1
16. Tony D’Alberto Ford HIFLEX / Tony D’Alberto Racing 1:09.1840 Q1
17. Jonathon Webb Holden Tekno Autosports 1:09.2100 Q1
18. Michael Patrizi Holden Tekno Autosports 1:09.2958 Q1
19. James Courtney Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team 1:09.3022 Q1
20. Craig Lowndes Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing 1:09.3211 Q1
21. Karl Reindler Holden Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing 1:09.5030 Q1
22. Steven Johnson Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing 1:09.5744 Q1
23. David Wall Holden Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing 1:09.6683 Q1
24. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:09.6758 Q1
25. David Russell Holden Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing 1:09.7672 Q1
26. Taz Douglas Holden Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 1:09.7780 Q1
27. Dean Fiore Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing 1:09.8808 Q1
28. James Moffat Ford Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing 1:09.8994 Q1

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