Jamie Whincup will start tomorrow’s first V8 Supercars race at Albert Park from pole position.
The Red Bull Racing Australia driver took pole despite not actually improving on his second run. The 1m56.563s pole time came with a little over 10 minutes to go, Whincup tagging the wall and falling just short of improving on what should have been the all-important final run.
Luckily for Whincup there was very little improvement from the final runs, Mark Winterbottom jumping Fabian Coulthard for P2 right at the flag the only noteworthy change as the session came to an end.
But even Winterbottom’s improved time still left him 0.02s shy of Whincup.
Chaz Mostert qualified fourth, just 0.08s off the #88 Commodore, while Whincup’s team-mate was back in fifth, ahead of Jason Bright.
Craig Lowndes, who led the running early on, was seventh, Michael Caruso led Nissan’s charge in P8, James Courtney was ninth, and Scott Pye was P10.