Whincup takes pole for race two at Ipswich

Last updated 13:04 28/07/2013

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Holden's V8 Supercars series leader Jamie Whincup has maintained his momentum by claiming pole position for the Ipswich round's second race today.

But Ford turned the tables in race three qualifying, clinching the top three times.

In race two qualifying, defending champion Whincup briefly held the new Queensland Raceway qualifying record of 1m 09.07s to top the timesheets ahead of Kiwi young gun Scott McLaughlin (1:09.31) and fellow Holden driver James Courtney (1:09.33).

Four-time V8 champ Whincup eclipsed the previous lap record of nearest championship rival, Holden teammate Craig Lowndes (1:09.22) set last year.

Lowndes was 13th fastest in qualifying but will start race two at 15th after copping a penalty of two grid places for making contact with Ford's Mark Winterbottom early in Saturday's sprint race.

Whincup claimed his first victory in Ipswich in four years yesterday, bouncing back from his worst round to date at the last start in Townsville where he bombed at qualifying and missed the  podium entirely for both races.

Race three qualifying was held just 15 minutes after the race two session and the results could not have been more different.

Ford championship threat Will Davison grabbed his first pole position of the year by eclipsing Whincup's short-lived qualifying lap record (1:09.05) to finish ahead of rising star Chaz Mostert (1:09.10) and David Reynolds (1:09.13).

Whincup was ninth fastest and Lowndes 10th quickest.

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