Ford's David Reynolds on V8s pole in Darwin

Last updated 16:26 15/06/2013

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David Reynolds has continued Ford's recent grip on pole position in Darwin with a sizzling V8 Supercars qualifying performance on Saturday.

Reynolds sealed only his second career pole for Saturday afternoon's opening 120km race of the weekend after clocking a lap time of 1min 9.5034sec in the Top Ten shootout.

His performance secured Ford's seventh straight pole at the 2.9km Hidden Valley circuit over the last four years.

Reynolds will start on the front row of the grid with Holden's defending series champion Jamie Whincup, who was 0.0138sec slower than Reynolds.

On the second row will be Ford's Will Davison and Holden's James Courtney.

Mark Winterbottom, Jason Bright, Nissan's Rick Kelly, Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander were next fastest.

After being quickest in morning qualifying, Whincup's Red Bull Racing teammate Craig Lowndes made some crucial mistakes and will start a disappointing 10th.

Tim Slade couldn't repeat his strong practice form to be the best of the three Mercedes drivers in 13th.

Veteran Russell Ingall, starting his record-equalling 225th Australian Touring Car/V8 Supercars event to draw him level with John Bowe for the record of most career starts, was slowest of the 28-man field.

Race number 17 of the championship will start at 3.10pm local time (3.40pm AEST).

Using the 60/60 Super Sprint format, the race is split into halves and the second kickstarted with a double file rolling restart after a 15-minute break.

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