Reynolds on pole for final Darwin V8 race

Ford’s David Reynolds has grabbed his first pole position of the 2015 V8 Supercars season, qualifying fastest for the final race of the round in Darwin.

The Prodrive Racing Australia star, quickest in Friday practice, set a record benchmark at the newly resurfaced Hidden Valley circuit with a lap of 1min 6.2526secs on Sunday morning.

He will start the afternoon’s 70-lap race from the front row alongside Holden’s Fabian Coulthard, with Shane van Gisbergen’s Commodore in third and fellow PRA pilot Chaz Mostert in fourth.

The bad news continued for newly-crowned centurion Craig Lowndes and his Red Bull Racing teammate Jamie Whincup, after the pair were docked championship points over clashes during Saturday’s opening sprint.

Whincup only managed to qualify 12th for Sunday’s feature, while Lowndes will start from 15th.

They were among four drivers penalised following investigations into eight incidents by stewards.

Lowndes copped a 15-point penalty, increasing his deficit to Ford’s series leader Mark Winterbottom to 44 points.

Whincup was penalised 25 points, dropping him to fifth in the title race and 214 points behind Winterbottom.

It means Mostert climbs to fourth following his race one victory and podium in the second.

“It’s pretty cool. Normally I’m the one going back in points from penalties,” Mostert said.

Stewards also penalised James Courtney 25 points for causing a crash with his Holden Racing teammate Garth Tander and Shane van Gisbergen, dropping him to sixth in the title race.

Meanwhile, Jason Bright was slapped with two 25-point penalties for his involvement in separate incidents with David Reynolds and rookie Andre Heimgartner.

Sunday’s race begins at 2.15pm (AEST).

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