Whincup sets record pace to claim pole

RED Bull Racing continued its domination of the V8 Supercar round at Symmons Plains this weekend by qualifying both cars on the front row of the grid for today's third race, an 84-lap, 200km contest.

Whincup claimed his third pole position of the weekend by recording a 50.9676 fastest lap in the 20-minute qualifying session, the first car to lap under 51 seconds for the event.

His Red Bull teammate Craig Lowndes was second quickest with a 51.0845 with Volvo driver Scott McLaughlin third fastest with a 51.1803 and Erebus Mercedes driver Will Davison rounding out the second row with his lap of 51.1817.

Whincup will be chasing a clean sweep of victories in the final race but he and Lowndes would be expected to give each other a bit more room in the race to the first corner after the Red Bull teammates had a coming together in Saturday's race much to the displeasure of team boss Roland Dane.

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