Defending V8 Supercars champion Jamie Whincup has picked up from where he left off in 2014 after emphatically clinching pole-position for races one and two for Red Bull Racing Australia at Adelaide.

The pace of his Triple Eight Engineering Holden was already under question following a poor SuperTest showing at Sydney but Whincup silenced any doubters with an impressive brace of electric laps within the first two qualifying sessions of 2015.

Pole position for race one had initially looked in going towards the direction of Fabian Coulthard's Freightliner Racing Commodore when the Kiwi demoted the Pepsi Max Ford Falcons of Chaz Mostert and Mark Winterbottom from the ascendency five minutes into the session.

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However, inevitably, it was Whincup who pulled the lap out of the bag when it mattered to begin his title defence from the very front of the field.

Amazingly, Team BOC's Jason Bright threw away a seemingly golden opportunity to cause an upset even after Whincup had taken the chequered flag but the Australian veteran overcooked his entry into the final corner despite setting two blistering opening sectors. Bright could then do no better than ninth.

Coulthard settled for second as Volvo's Scott McLaughlin proved yet again he will be a force to be reckoned with after qualifying the Gary Rogers Motorsport S60 machine in third position.

Sydney SuperTest pacesetter Mostert eventually fell down to fourth having topped the timesheets midway through the first session. In turn, the Pepsi Max Ford was followed by Holden's James Courtney who completed the top five order.

Qualifying two was a much more straightforward affair as Whincup dealt a devastating blow to the pack after going even faster than he did in Q1. A 1 minute 20.0319 second lap around the Adelaide street circuit was more than enough lead McLaughlin's Volvo S60 by a full three-tenths to claim the race two pole.

Behind the leading pair, Holden's Courtney confirmed the SP Tools Commodore's consistency to qualify third for race two ahead of Coulthard who couldn't quite repeat his front-row qualifying run from the session before in fourth.

2014 V8 Supercars runner-up Shane Van Gisbergen nudged his Tekno Autosports Commodore further up the order to complete the top-five grid for race two, making up for his woes in qualifying one.

Series legend Marcos Ambrose notably struggled on his full-time return to the V8 Supercars. The former double-champion languished at the foot of the field to qualify his DJR Team Penske Ford Falcon 24th for races one and two.

Races one and two will be held tomorrow while qualifying for the third encounter will take place on Sunday morning.