Mostert snares V8s pole in Perth

Prodrive Racing Australia’s dominant weekend at the V8 Supercars event in Perth has continued with Chaz Mostert securing pole position for Sunday’s 200km race.

After claiming his first career V8s pole on Saturday, Mostert made it two for the weekend in an incident-filled qualifying session at Barbagallo Raceway.

The Ford star clocked a fastest lap of 57.1321 seconds to pip teammate Mark Winterbottom (57.2821) to the pole position.

Winterbottom, chasing a clean sweep of wins after victories in both of Saturday’s 25-lap sprint events, will start ahead of championship rival Jamie Whincup while hometown favourite Garth Tander joins Whincup on the second row of the grid.

Holden’s Craig Lowndes, chasing an unprecedented 100th V8s race win, will need to climb from sixth on the grid to achieve that feat.

Walkinshaw Racing driver Lee Holdsworth will be forced to start from the very back of the grid after his Commodore ended up on its left hand side in a sandtrap.

Holdsworth appeared to lock up his brakes going into turn six just five minutes into the 20-minute session, with his car toppling onto its side after pitching into the deep sand.

The 32-year-old was able to walk away from his stricken vehicle but must start from 25th after failing to complete the session.

Joining him at the back of the grid will be Holden’s Fabian Coulthard, with the New Zealander harshly red-flagged after running off at the same turn where Holdsworth came to grief.

Despite Coulthard being able to get his Commodore back to the pits, race stewards had already called a red-flag which barred the Team BOC driver from taking any further part in the session.

Sunday’s 83-lap race starts at 2.20pm (1620 AEST).

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