in pole position

in pole position

1. In auto racing, in the starting position on the inside in the front row, which is considered the most favorable. The term originated in horse racing. He started in pole position but fell behind by the third lap.
2. By extension, in an exceptionally strong, advantageous, or competitive position. Used especially in reference to sports. Primarily heard in UK. Barcelona finds themselves in pole position after a last-minute victory puts them at the top of the league. It looks like Danielson is in pole position for presidency of the central bank.
See also: pole, position

in pole position

mainly BRITISH
If you are in pole position, you are in a very strong position in a competition or competitive situation, and are likely to win or be successful. As the European market leader we are in pole position to exploit this market. The chancellor is fighting hard to remain in pole position to take over from the prime minister. Note: This expression comes from motor racing, where the driver who starts the race in front of all the other drivers is said to start `in pole position'.
See also: pole, position

in pole position

in an advantageous position.
In motor racing, pole position is the position on the front row of the starting grid which will allow the driver to take the first bend on the inside. The phrase originated in the 19th century as a horse-racing term, referring to the starting position nearest the inside boundary rails.
See also: pole, position
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A double header saw races six and seven in the Club Class run on Saturday and Sunday and the 29-year-old Robertshaw, driving his Boldon-based Robertshaw Racing BMW Mini Cooper, started the weekend well by qualifying in pole position for Saturday's race.