Craig Lowndes will be aiming for his fourth V8 Supercars race win on the trot from pole position

Craig Lowndes followed up yesterday’s excellent win with pole position for today’s 56-lap closing race that marks V8 Supercars’ return to Sydney Motorsport Park.

Lowndes, who will be aiming to make it four wins in succession in his now-customary late-season push for the championship title, will share the front row with TeamVodafone team-mate Jamie Whincup, who lost the championship lead after a disastrous race yesterday in which he finished 23rd when he was hit by a late puncture.

As was the case yesterday, the twenty-minute session opened with the field’s 28 drivers posting their ‘banker’ laps on the harder Dunlop tyres, before switching to the softer rubber in the closing minutes.

Will Davison held provisional pole in his Ford Performance Racing entry, but his joy was short-lived when Lowndes and Whincup bundled him down the order. He was relegated to fifth, courtesy of better laps from team-mate and new points leader Mark Winterbottom, who starts fourth.

Claiming a surprise third place on the grid was none other than Jason Bright, who secured his best qualifying result since the Trading Post Perth Challenge at Barbagallo Raceway.

Sydney-born driver Michael Caruso qualified a fine sixth-fastest in his Fujitsu-GRM Holden, while Garth Tander, Russell Ingall, David Reynolds and Fabian Coulthard rounded out the top ten.

Today’s 56-lap, 220-kilometre race kicks off at 3:30pm local time (GMT +10).

2012 V8 Supercars Championship – Sydney Motorsport 360 Race 1 Qualifying Results/l

Driver Entry / Team Result
1. Craig Lowndes Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing 1:29.2493
2. Jamie Whincup Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing + 0.1328
3. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing + 0.1568
4. Mark Winterbottom Ford Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing + 0.3341
5. Will Davison Ford Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing + 0.3547
6. Michael Caruso Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 0.4494
7. Garth Tander Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team + 0.5355
8. Russell Ingall Holden Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing + 0.5502
9. David Reynolds Ford The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash + 0.5885
10. Fabian Coulthard Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 0.5926
11. Shane van Gisbergen Ford SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing + 0.6019
12. Jonathon Webb Holden Tekno Autosports + 0.7302
13. James Courtney Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team + 0.7327
14. Rick Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing + 0.7759
15. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 0.7833
16. James Moffat Ford Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing + 0.8638
17. Steven Johnson Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 0.8657
18. Tim Slade Ford Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing + 0.8731
19. Michael Patrizi Holden Tekno Autosports + 0.8765
20. David Wall Holden Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing + 0.9744
21. Dean Fiore Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 1.0338
22. Tony D’Alberto Ford HIFLEX / Tony D’Alberto Racing + 1.0843
23. Taz Douglas Holden Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 1.1531
24. Lee Holdsworth Ford Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing + 1.3347
25. Todd Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing + 1.3445
26. Steve Owen Ford VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing + 1.3947
27. Karl Reindler Holden Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing + 1.5023
28. Jacques Villeneuve Holden Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing + 2.3587

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