V8 Supercars press release
FORD Performance Racing's Mark Winterbottom and Will Davison will start from the front row of the grid for today's Race 3 of the V8 Supercars Championship at Symmons Plains in Tasmania.
Winterbottom clocked a 51.4020s lap to take his 22nd career pole and first since Townsville last year, while teammate Davison locked out the front row, just 0.09s slower.
"I wasn't sure how we'd go then, but on the second lap it was 90 percent right - I wasn't really expecting that from practice," said Winterbottom.
"It's a great reward for the team and their hard work - when to get that fast lap in was really tough," said Davison.
Shane van Gisbergen was third with reigning champion Jamie Whincup fourth and his TeamVodafone teammate Craig Lowndes fifth.
Birthday boy Garth Tander was sixth from David Reynolds' Bottle-O Falcon.
The big surprise of the session was Team iSelect's Taz Douglas, the Victorian rookie posting the eighth fastest time - a personal best and also a best for his Lucas Dumbrell-owned team.
The top 10 was rounded out by Jonathon Webb and an improved Steven Johnson.
Just 0.87s covered the top 26 cars in one of the tightest sessions of the year.
The 59-lap race will be held at 4.10pm this afternoon.