Triple Eight's Craig Lowndes will start both of the Saturday Symmons Plains races from pole-position after prevailing amidst a titanic V8 Supercars battle for the top spot.

Lowndes brilliantly got the ball rolling in the first session with a 51.6558 second lap around the iconic Tasmanian circuit, which the set the tone for a second straight surge to pole-position that immediately followed straight afterwards.

The two-time champion crucially managed to go even faster in Q2 than his previous benchmark set in the first session. A 52.6228 second lap enabled the Red Bull driver to move out of harms reach from an incredibly tight chasing pack.

Prodrive's Mark Winterbottom will join Lowndes on the front row of the grid in race one while Triple Eight team mate Jamie Whincup made up for a poor first qualifying in seventh and elevated his Holden Commodore into second position for the later encounter.

Current point's leader James Courtney managed to navigate his HRT Commodore through the traffic effectively as he starts both races from third on the grid.

The on form Will Davison shares the second row with Courtney in race one while The Bottle-O Ford Falcon FG X of David Reynolds will take over the spot for race two. The fast improving Reynolds also earned himself a top-five start for the first encounter.

Next up was 2014 runner-up Shane Van Gisbergen, the Tekno Autosports Commodore had originally set a time good enough for sixth in Q1 but a tangle with Davison's Erebus E63 gave him a two place penalty, which dropped to eighth.

The Kiwi's tangle with the Erebus seemingly disrupted his rhythm slightly and could fare no better than tenth for the second race grid.

Arguably the performance of the hour came from Andre Heimgartner, who qualified his Super Black Racing Ford in fifth during Q2. Staggeringly the Kiwi has never raced at the Symmons Plains circuit but made good use of the new Falcon FG X his team is debuting this weekend.

Further down the field, Scott McLaughlin's dismal run of form has threatened to derail his Tasmanian weekend. The Kiwi did qualify eighth for race two but the Volvo driver will endure a tough first race from 17th.



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