Garth Tander has claimed pole position for the final V8 Supercars Championship race of 2012 at Sydney Olympic Park, edging out Will Davison in a session that was interrupted by several red flags.
The Holden Racing Team driver took top spot by 0.12 seconds with less than fifteen seconds of the twenty-minute qualifying session remaining, leaving Davison unable to retake the position when he made a mistake on his final flying lap.
In what was a great day for the Holden Racing Team, Tander’s team-mate James Courtney qualified third-fastest, backing up his podium-winning result in yesterday’s opening race.
The 2009 champion starts alongside Jonathon Webb on Row 2, with Craig Lowndes and Mark Winterbottom set to resume their battle for runners-up position in the championship today from the third row of the grid.
The top ten was completed by James Moffat, Tim Slade, Fabian Coulthard and Steve Owen.
The session saw no less than three red flag interruptions, with Russell Ingall (electrical) and Karl Reindler (engine failure) both forced to stop their cars during the session.
Champion elect Jamie Whincup had his worst qualifying result of the season after he triggered the session’s third red flag after a spin at Turn 7, which saw him dislodge the tyre barriers positioned on the corner’s apex.
Under the championship rules, Whincup was forbidden to take any further part in the session and was stripped of his fastest lap time of the session – a result that relegated him to a disastrous 24th on the grid.
GRM Holden import Alexandre Premat sat out the session as he continues to recover from the severe dehydration he suffered in yesterday’s gruelling race. The team and officials will decide whether he will be able to compete at all in the coming hours.
The final race of the championship kicks off at 3:05pm local time.
2012 V8 Supercars Sydney Telstra 500 – Race 2 Qualifying:
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Garth Tander||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||1:27.6295|
|2.||Will Davison||Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.1197|
|3.||James Courtney||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||+ 0.2000|
|4.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||+ 0.3401|
|5.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||+ 0.3666|
|6.||Mark Winterbottom||Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.4866|
|7.||James Moffat||Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.4988|
|8.||Tim Slade||Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 0.5500|
|9.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.6720|
|10.||Steve Owen||VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.6799|
|11.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 0.6866|
|12.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.7016|
|13.||Michael Patrizi||Tekno Autosports||+ 0.7246|
|14.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.7367|
|15.||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash||+ 0.7783|
|16.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 0.8330|
|17.||Lee Holdsworth||Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 0.8393|
|18.||Greg Murphy||Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing||+ 0.8838|
|19.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||+ 0.9739|
|20.||Tony D’Alberto||HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 1.1643|
|21.||Taz Douglas||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 1.3583|
|22.||Dean Fiore||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 1.3668|
|23.||David Wall||Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing||+ 1.5198|
|24.||Jamie Whincup||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||+ 1.7949|
|25.||Tim Blanchard||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||+ 1.8285|
|26.||Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing||+ 1.9327|
|27.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing||no time|
|DNQ.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||no time|
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