Winterbottom in pole, Jacques Villeneuve in wall

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Mark Winterbottom has denied team-mate David Reynolds a career first pole position in a thrilling Top 10 Shootout in Townsville.

Mark was the last car on the circuit thanks to his earlier effort in qualifying, and had been marginally slower than Reynolds to the end of the second sector before doing enough to secure his third Armor All Pole Award of the season.

Reynolds will start second while TeamVodafone duo Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes are set to share the second row.

Tony D’Alberto, Steve Owen, Will Davison, James Moffat, Steven Johnson and Garth Tander rounded out the Shootout runners.

VILLENEIVE FARMILIARISING HIMSELF WITH A V8 SUPERCAR

On Friday former Formula 1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve had his first taste of the Sucrogen Townsville 400 street track and the #51 Pepsi Max Commodore and spent four practice sessions re-aquatinting himself  with the art of driving a V8 Supercar.

The Canadian star did come to grief and crashed at turn 3 in Practice 3 to bring an end to that session, but labeled today as tough.

“It was a tough day, but there is a lot to learn; the track, the cars, using my left hand to shift, working on the seat, plus a lot going on today,” he said.

“The Pepsi Max Crew are all working really hard. Right now is the hard bit, hopefully we will get better throughout the weekend.

“But racing here this weekend, coming here this weekend, is mainly to learn how things work out here.

“The Townsville track is quite fun, it’s quite busy, you are doing something all the time.

“It’s a tough track to get used to the car because there is no margin for error.

“That makes the first day of driving the car quite difficult but it’s fun and I’m having a blast out there.”

With next year’s change to the current rules and regulations and having Circuit of the Americas on its calendar V8SC are looking to snatch as many international drivers to create more interest in the sport and put itself on the world platform as a serious series contender.

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