Tander takes Holden back to the front

V8 Supercars Championship

Garth Tander has taken pole position for Race 5 of the V8 Supercars Championship at the ITM400 Hamilton in New Zealand.

The Holden Racing Team ace topped the Top 10 Shootout, setting a 1m22.3968s to beat Kiwi ace Shane van Gisbergen to the ARMOR ALL Pole Award.

"The track's a lot faster when it's cooler but this was the warmest it's been all weekend," said Tander, who claimed his second Hamilton pole and the 27th of his career.

It's a great reward for the boys.

Garth Tander

"The guys have been working really hard. It's a great reward for the boys.

"It's great to qualify up the front here because there's so much going on here. Pole is fantastic."

David Reynolds qualified an equal career-best third in The Bottle-O Ford and will share the second row of the grid with Jamie Whincup.

Steve Owen was a strong fifth, while fellow Dick Johnson Racing pilot James Moffat wasn't so lucky and cut the turn 4 chicane, thus losing his time.

Shane Van Gisbergen
Shane Van Gisbergen

Photo by: Edge Photographics

Mark Winterbottom also tripped over the beacon and had his time scrubbed, so the duo will share the fifth row of the grid for this afternoon's race.

A mistake at turn 1 ruined Craig Lowndes' lap even before it had really got rolling, the three-time champion ending up eighth in the order.

The cars and drivers will return to the circuit for Race 5 of the championship at 3.00pm local time (1.00pm AEST).

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