V8 Supercar championship contender Mark Winterbottom will start Saturday's 200km race in Townsville from pole position.

The Ford star snatched pole from teammate David Reynolds, clocking a one minute and 12.9887 second lap to top the timesheets at the Reid Park street circuit.

Reynolds, fastest in Friday's practice, had just posted a 1:13.0132 to give the 27-year-old hope of a first V8 Supercar pole before Winterbottom's lap.

Winterbottom goes into the race third on the championship standings, just 49 points behind defending champion Jamie Whincup.

The Holden ace will start the race behind the Ford pair in third, alongside teammate and title rival Craig Lowndes, who qualified fourth.

Ford's Will Davison, second in the title standings, will start from seventh after clipping the wall early in his lap - a mistake that left the 2009 Bathurst champion unhappy.

"Not the best," Davison told the Seven Network.

"Pretty upset with that lap."

At the back of the pack, ex-Formula One world champion Jacques Villeneuve will start the race in the 28th and last position.

The Canadian, driving for injured New Zealand veteran Greg Murphy this weekend, is still well off the pace and qualified over half a second behind 27th-placed David Wall.

2010 champion James Courtney's horror year has also continued with the Holden Racing Team driver to start from a lowly 23rd on the grid.

Saturday's race begins at 3.35pm.

NZ Newswire

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