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Red Bull drivers Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes took the pole positions for Saturday’s races at the Clipsal 500, but it was the performance of Volvo that stunned the crowed.

Scott McLaughlin put his S60 fifth and second in the respective 15 minute qualifying sessions on the Swedish marque’s return to the championship.

McLaughlin had provisional pole for the second qualifying session but it was Lowndes who emerged ahead from McLaughlin to securer the front-row.

Further underlining the Volvo’s speed, McLaughlin apologised over the radio after the session, claiming “I should have had that (pole)” if not for a mistake.

Craig Lowndes took the Race 2 pole

The first session had seen Whincup edge team-mate Lowndes, with Winterbottom, James Courtney and McLaughlin completing the top five.

The five-time champion Jamie Whincup made contact with the Turn 1 tyre bundle on his first lap and languished in 20th prior to his final effort.

Second Volvo driver Robert Dahlgren had a less spectacular qualifying than his team-mate, with the Swede set to line-up 21st and 25th for his first two V8 Supercar races.

See below for the Race 1 qualifying result

Pos Sponsor Driver Manufacturer Time Gap
1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:20.5849
2 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:20.7367 00.1518
3 Ford Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 1:20.8204 00.2355
4 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:20.8312 00.2463
5 Valvoline Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:20.8350 00.2501
6 Team Tekno VIP Petfoods Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:20.8459 00.2610
7 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:20.9231 00.3382
8 Wilson Security Racing Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG 1:20.9479 00.3630
9 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 1:20.9603 00.3754
10 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 1:21.0592 00.4743
11 Ford Pepsi Max Crew Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 1:21.0598 00.4749
12 Norton Hornets Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:21.0719 00.4870
13 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 1:21.1735 00.5886
14 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:21.1935 00.6086
15 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:21.2250 00.6401
16 Erebus Motorsport V8 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 1:21.3285 00.7436
17 Norton Hornets James Moffat Nissan Altima 1:21.3611 00.7762
18 Repair Management Aust Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 1:21.4766 00.8917
19 Team Advam/GB Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 1:21.5583 00.9734
20 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Ford Falcon FG 1:21.5764 00.9915
21 Valvoline Racing GRM Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 1:21.7651 01.1802
22 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 1:21.8145 01.2296
23 Team JELD-WEN Jack Perkins Ford Falcon FG 1:22.1294 01.5445
24 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1:22.4255 01.8406
25 Walkinshaw Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 1:23.3727 02.7878

See below for the Race 2 qualifying result

Pos Sponsor Driver Manufacturer Time Gap
1 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:20.4155
2 Valvoline Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:20.5258 00.1103
3 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:20.5699 00.1544
4 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 1:20.6474 00.2319
5 Ford Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 1:20.6900 00.2745
6 Erebus Motorsport V8 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 1:20.7119 00.2964
7 Norton Hornets Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:20.7337 00.3182
8 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:20.7735 00.3580
9 Wilson Security Racing Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG 1:20.8208 00.4053
10 Ford Pepsi Max Crew Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 1:20.8530 00.4375
11 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:20.8712 00.4557
12 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 1:20.9075 00.4920
13 Walkinshaw Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 1:20.9294 00.5139
14 Norton Hornets James Moffat Nissan Altima 1:20.9350 00.5195
15 Team Tekno VIP Petfoods Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:20.9576 00.5421
16 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 1:20.9642 00.5487
17 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:21.0138 00.5983
18 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:21.0163 00.6008
19 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 1:21.1581 00.7426
20 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1:21.1956 00.7801
21 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Ford Falcon FG 1:21.2844 00.8689
22 Team JELD-WEN Jack Perkins Ford Falcon FG 1:21.3997 00.9842
23 Team Advam/GB Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 1:21.6160 01.2005
24 Repair Management Aust Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 1:21.7130 01.2975
25 Valvoline Racing GRM Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 1:21.7925 01.3770
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