Whincup flies to Saturday pole position in Tasmania

Jamie Whincup was just two-hundredths of a second quicker than Fabian Coulthard in Saturday's qualifying for the first part of the 60/60 split race format

Red Bull Racing’s Jamie Whincup took command of today’s Qualifying session early on, and dialed in an even quicker time late in the session to claim pole position.

Just two-hundredths of a second quicker than Lockwood Racing’s Fabian Coulthard, Whincup was happier with the performance of his Holden Commodore today.

He feels starting at the front of the field will be crucial throughout the two parts of the 60/60 split race format running this afternoon, for Race Three of the Championship.

“I’m much happier with the car, it’s been a bit of an animal all year and this weekend we’ve seemed to somewhat get it together,” Whincup said.

“The car feels good to drive now, and now I’m more comfortable I can push quite hard.

“I’m very, very happy because it’s always close around here. Happy to be on pole by two hundredths.”

Whincup said he preferred to lead a qualifying session than play catch up, but emphasised the result was only a possibility for a win at Symmons Plains.

“We’ve given ourselves the best chance at a good result today, but only given ourselves a chance – we haven’t guaranteed anything. We’ll have to keep our head down.

“If you have a bad run in the first part of (this afternoon’s) race, you have one long day ahead of you. Trying to keep it clean is the main thing.”

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Series Supercars
Drivers Fabian Coulthard , Jamie Whincup
Teams Red Bull Racing
Article type Qualifying report
Tags coulthard, holden commodore, symmons plains, tander, tasmania, v8supercars, whincup, winterbottom