Jamie Whincup Albert Park Day 1 Photo credit: V8 Supercars Media

Jamie Whincup Albert Park Day 1 Photo credit: V8 Supercars Media

Jamie Whincup has celebrated the signing of a new three-year deal taking pole position for tomorrow’s MSS Security V8 Supercars Challenge Qualifying Race at Albert Park.

The TeamVodafone driver finished almost half a second ahead of second-placed Orrcon Steel FPR's Mark Winterbottom and SP Tools Racing's Shane van Gisbergen in third. Clocking a time of 1m55.0805s, Whincup smashed the previous category qualifying lap record at the 5.303km circuit.

Will Davison (Trading Post FPR), Craig Lowndes (TeamVodafone), Garth Tander (Holden Racing Team), Tony D'Alberto (Tony D'Alberto Racing), David Reynolds (The Bottle-O Racing Team), Michael Caruso (Fujitsu Racing GRM) and Rick Kelly (Jack Daniels Racing) round out the top 10.

The 13-lap Qualifying Race, which will sort the grid for Race 2 takes place tomorrow and involves a knock-out system in which the last three cars on lap three to eight will return to the pits until the field is down to ten runners racing to the flag over the remaining five laps.

Three shortened races will then be held which will include mandatory pitstops for fuel and use of both soft and hard compound tyres.

Full qualifying result:

1 Jamie Whincup TeamVodafone 1:55.0805
2 Mark Winterbottom Orrcon Steel FPR Ford 1:55.5648 0:00.4843
3 Shane Van Gisbergen SP Tools Racing 1:55.6802 0:00.5997
4 Will Davison Trading Post FPR Ford 1:55.7447 0:00.6642
5 Craig Lowndes TeamVodafone 1:55.9304 0:00.8499
6 Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 1:56.2841 0:01.2036
7 Tony D'Alberto Tony D'Alberto Racing 1:56.3597 0:01.2792
8 David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team 1:56.3928 0:01.3123
9 Michael Caruso Fujitsu Racing GRM 1:56.4374 0:01.3569
10 Rick Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 1:56.5473 0:01.4668
11 Tim Slade Lucky 7 Racing 1:56.6163 0:01.5358
12 Todd Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 1:56.7128 0:01.6323
13 Lee Holdsworth Irwin Racing 1:56.7776 0:01.6971
14 Alexandre Premat Fujitsu Racing GRM 1:56.8335 0:01.7530
15 Greg Murphy Pepsi Max Crew 1:56.8517 0:01.7712
16 Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing 1:56.8732 0:01.7927
17 James Courtney Holden Racing Team 1:56.8746 0:01.7941
18 Russell Ingall Supercheap Auto Racing 1:56.9799 0:01.8994
19 Steven Johnson Jim Beam Racing 1:57.1641 0:02.0836
20 Steve Owen V.I.P. Petfoods 1:57.1884 0:02.1079
21 Michael Patrizi Tekno Autosports 1:57.2053 0:02.1248
22 Taz Douglas Team iSelect 1:57.2456 0:02.1651
23 Karl Reindler Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing 1:57.2615 0:02.1810
24 Jason Bright Team BOC 1:57.3541 0:02.2736
25 Dean Fiore Jim Beam Racing 1:57.4308 0:02.3503
26 James Moffat Team Norton DJR 1:57.4325 0:02.3520
27 Jonathon Webb Tekno Autosports 1:57.6749 0:02.5944
28 David Wall Wilson Security Racing 1:58.2898 0:03.2093