TeamVodafone’s Jamie Whincup will start tomorrow’s V8 Supercar Qualifying Race 1 from pole position after setting the fastest time and new lap record in tonight’s rain plagued qualifying session at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

Whincup was quick from the onset, setting the fastest and second fastest times in the earlier V8 Supercar practice sessions.

On his fifth lap out in qualifying the Holden driver set a blistering time of 1:55.0805, breaking the lap record previously held by Lowndes.

Teammate Craig Lowndes will start fifth, with rain coming down late in the session the #888 driver was unable to improve on the time he set on his seventh lap out.

Lowndes, who ran a different strategy in practice, testing new components, finished the sessions seventh and tenth respectively.

The V8 Supercars will contest a 13 lap Qualifying Race (Race 1) at 11am followed by Race 2 at 2.20pm.

In Races 2,3 and 4 drivers will have to take a compulsory pit stop for tyres. Teams will also have to run both the hard and soft compound tyres in the three point scoring races.

Each car is allocated two sets of new hard tyres and three sets of new soft tyres, making tyre strategy crucial for each V8 Supercar team this weekend.

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