McLaughlin, Lowndes on pole for Perth V8s

Last updated 18:13 17/05/2014

Relevant offers

Motorsport

Scott McLaughlin among speedy young guns Hayden Paddon 10th in Rally Finland day one Fabian Coulthard wants consistency in Ipswich Ricciardo wins dramatic Hungarian Grand Prix Hayden Paddon is raring to go for Rally Finland Mitch Evans falls behind leaders in Hungary Richie Stanaway wins GP3 race in Hungary Nico Rosberg on pole as Hamilton catches fire Lewis Hamilton tops in hot Hungarian practice Ford to give wildcard Kiwis Bathurst push-start

It's set to be a battle between youth and experience in Perth on Saturday, with Holden veteran Craig Lowndes and Volvo young gun Scott McLaughlin locking out the front row of the grid for the weekend's opening two V8 Supercar races.

McLaughlin outpaced Lowndes by a mere 0.013seconds with a blistering hot lap in the first qualifying session at Barbagallo Raceway to secure his third straight pole position and fourth of the season.

"It's a massive surprise for me - we didn't really have the car (during practice) yesterday," McLaughlin said.

"I'm just driving it as hard as I can."

Their positions will be reversed for the second 100km sprint, with Lowndes to start from pole and McLaughlin second.

Long-time racer Russell Ingall put in a surprise performance to qualify third for both races in his Holden.

The morning proved not so great for championship leader Mark Winterbottom, who only managed to qualify eighth and fifth fastest for Saturday's events.

Winterbottom holds a 107-point advantage over Lowndes after a successful round at Auckland last month.

Lowndes is chasing history this weekend - a win in any of the round's three races means he will usurp Mark Skaife's all-time record for most victories at a single track.

Teammate and five-time defending champion Jamie Whincup struggled to find the pace that put him in the top three during practice on Friday, qualifying 11th and fourth.

Whincup is normally the master of qualifying at the Western Australian circuit, with a record seven pole positions - equal with the late Peter Brock.

He was also the winner in two of last year's three races in Barbagallo.

Ad Feedback

- AAP

Special offers
Opinion poll

Which is your favourite Formula One circuit?

Melbourne

Monte Carlo

Silverstone

Singapore

Sao Paulo

San Marino

Nurburgring

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content

Blog