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A new day, new qualifying session but the same result as Red Bull Racing completed a lock out of the front row for the longer 41 lap race later today.

Jamie Whincup lowered his pole position time on his first flying lap and, though he did try to better the time, was unable to do so. Shane vanGisbergen was able to improve after his first attempt left the #97 Commodore 6/10ths of a second behind Whincup. Subsequent runs dropped the margin to less than half a second, but Whincup’s time was simply unattainable.

Craig Lowndes made it a Triple 8 triple at the top of the time sheets early in the session only to drop back to 6th as the session reached the business end, however it was a huge improvement from his 25th starting position the previous day.

Scott Pye also had a dramatic change in fortunes with the 4th best time, just behind fellow South Australian Tim Slade in 4th. Michael Caruso followed up on his podium finish in Saturday’s race to qualify in 5th. On the other side of the ledger, Tickford Racing went in the opposite direction after a strong showing the day before. Cameron Waters was the best of the team in  14th.

Mark Winterbottom dropped to 17th with Chaz Mostert  24th. Richie Stanaway had a miserable qualifying run with 27th on the grid. He then dropped to the rear of the grid after a post qualifying investigation for a dangerous return to the circuit which impeded the GRM Commodore of James Golding. For Golding the situation must have had a sense of Deja Vu after a similar incident with Jamie Whincup the day before.

Stanaway was issued with a grid penalty. However, due to his lowly starting position, the full penalty cannot be applied. As a result, the Kiwi driver will serve the remaining two place penalty at next month’s Sandown 500.


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