Holden Racing Team's Garth Tander has taken pole position for the first race of the Falken Tasmania Challenge at Symmons Plains.
Tander was third-fastest heading into the shootout but topped the times in the runoff for the top ten grid positions, just edging out Team Vodafone's Craig Lowndes by three hundredths of a second, Lowndes having topped the times before the shootout.
Third-fastest for Ford Performance Racing's Mark Winterbottom wasn't too much of a surprise, but the driver alongside on the second row was, Greg Murphy sneaking into the shootout in tenth and then setting the fourth-fastest time, in the same week it was announced he will not be driving for the team next year.
Fujitsu Racing's Lee Holdsworth and Winterbottom's team-mate Steven Richards fill the next row, with Michael Caruso, Jason Bright, Russell Ingall and Paul Dumbrell completing the top ten.
Just outside the top ten, in 11th and 12th respectively, are the two leading championship contenders, Jamie Whincup and James Courtney, both drivers missing the shootout for only the second time this year, with their closest rival Lowndes starting from the front row.
Unfortunately for Will Davison, his 2010 struggles continued today, his 18th position on the grid made even more frustrating by having his team-mate Tander on pole position.
Pos Driver Car Time
1. Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE 0m51.9836s
2. Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE 0m52.0185s +0.0349s
3. Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 0m52.1237s +0.1401s
4. Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE 0m52.1874s +0.2038s
5. Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE 0m52.2526s +0.2690s
6. Steven Richards Ford Falcon FG 0m52.2923s +0.3087s
7. Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE 0m52.2994s +0.3158s
8. Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE 0m52.3448s +0.3612s
9. Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE 0m52.4905s +0.5069s
10. Paul Dumbrell Ford Falcon FG 0m52.7493s +0.7657s
11. Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE 0m52.0744s +0.0908s
12. James Courtney Ford Falcon FG 0m52.0892s +0.1056s
13. Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE 0m52.1014s +0.1178s
14. Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 0m52.1117s +0.1281s
15. Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 0m52.1213s +0.1377s
16. Jason Richards Holden Commodore VE 0m52.1493s +0.1657s
17. Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE 0m52.1626s +0.1790s
18. Will Davison Holden Commodore VE 0m52.1660s +0.1824s
19. Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 0m52.1677s +0.1841s
20. Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE 0m52.2258s +0.2422s
21. Jonathon Webb Ford Falcon FG 0m52.2395s +0.2559s
22. Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE 0m52.2509s +0.2673s
23. Tony D'Alberto Holden Commodore VE 0m52.2718s +0.2882s
24. Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE 0m52.2990s +0.3154s
25. Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 0m52.3194s +0.3358s
26. Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 0m52.3763s +0.3927s
27. Warren Luff Holden Commodore VE 0m52.4583s +0.4747s
28. Andrew Thompson Holden Commodore VE 0m52.5111s +0.5275s
29. Tony Ricciardello Holden Commodore VE 0m53.0008s +1.0172s