Sao Paulo pole for Power

In-form Aussie takes top spot just ahead of Franchitti

Last Updated: 28/04/12 10:45pm

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Will Power: Aiming for third win in Sao Paulo

Will Power: Aiming for third win in Sao Paulo

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Penske driver Will Power edged out defending IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti to take pole position for the Sao Paulo 300.

Power set a mark of 1 minute 21.4045 second around the four-kilometre street circuit in Brazil to claim top spot by just over four hundredths of a second from Franchitti.

The duo were comfortably clear of Franchitti's Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon, who completed the top three.

James Hinchcliffe, Ryan-Hunter Reay and Justin Wilson rounded out the top six drivers who made it to the final part of qualifying.

Power is attempting to win a third straight race in Sao Paulo, a venue where he also started from pole position last year.

"It was a good run. We are giving ourselves the best opportunity for the first corner," the 31-year-old said.

The Australian has enjoyed a brilliant start to the 2012 season, winning the last two races and opening up a 24-point gap in the championship standings.

Saturday marked the first action since Honda was allowed to make changes to the turbochargers on its engines, giving the six teams using them - most notably Chip Ganassi Racing - a power boost.

The changes were permitted after a three-person panel on Thursday upheld an IndyCar decision against an appeal by Chevrolet, which powers Penske and Andretti Autosport.

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