Jamie Whincup has turned the wick up on his Holden Commodore to snare pole position in the Coates Hire V8 Supercars Challenge at the 2016 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.
After completing practice in 10th position, Whincup became the master in qualifying with a pole-setting lap of 1:56.5634 around the expansive Albert Park layout — although he nearly got himself into trouble on the final flying lap when he grazed the concrete barrier around the back of the circuit.
That didn't faze the seasoned champion though — "If you are not running wide you are not going hard enough" — and he will start tomorrow's opening 12-lap race from the pointy end of the 26-car grid.
Whincup will share row one with defending V8 Supercars champion, Mark Winterbottom (Ford Falcon), who won all four races at Albert Park in 2015, and the second row will feature two other Falcon drivers in Fabian Coulthard and Chaz Mostert.
It was tight between the top four as well, the quartet separated by just 0.1493 seconds.
New Zealander Shane vas Gisbergen (Commodore) and Jason Bright (Commodore) qualified in fifth and sixth, followed by lap record holder Craig Lowndes (Commodore) and Michael Caruso, who leads the 2016 championship in his Nissan Ultima after the opening round in Adelaide.
Race one is at 2:20pm tomorrow, followed by race two at 6:20pm.