McLaughlin scores pole for Pukekohe finale

Sunday 8th November, 2015 - 11:52am

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Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin

Local hero Scott McLaughlin took a popular pole position for the final race of the weekend at the ITM 500 Auckland.

To the roar of the crowd on the front straight, McLaughlin recorded a best of 1:03.16s with just a minute remaining in the session to eclipse Jamie Whincup by 0.0014s.

Whincup had earlier shot to the top when the second green tyre runs began with two minutes left on the clock.

“To put in a lap like that was awesome,” beamed McLaughlin after acknowledging the fans upon exiting his car. “I’m that pumped right now it’s crazy.”

Scott Pye jumped to third after the chequered flag to share the second row with David Reynolds, who had survived a small impact with the Turn 4 tyres on his first run.

The two Fords were both within a tenth of McLaughlin’s pole time in an incredibly tight session.

Michael Caruso was quickest of all on the first set of tyres but, despite improving in the closing stages, could do no better than fifth.

His earlier 1:03.43s was bettered by a total of nine drivers inside the final moments of the 20 minute session.

Fabian Coulthard showed an encouraging improvement for Brad Jones Racing with sixth ahead of James Moffat, Shane van Gisbergen, Mark Winterbottom and Craig Lowndes.

Walkinshaw Racing’s struggles meanwhile continued, with Garth Tander the four-car squad’s lead runner in just 14th.

Result: V8 Supercars ITM 500 Auckland Race 30 Qualifying

1 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:03.1629*H
2 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:03.1643 H 00.0014
3 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 1:03.2188 H 00.0559
4 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG/X 1:03.2517 H 00.0888
5 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:03.2848 H 00.1219
6 Freightliner Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 1:03.3274 H 00.1645
7 Nissan Motorsport James Moffat Nissan Altima 1:03.3432 H 00.1803
8 Team Darrell Lea STIX Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:03.3619 H 00.1990
9 Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 1:03.3834 H 00.2205
10 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:03.4660 H 00.3031
11 Pepsi Max Crew Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 1:03.4926 H 00.3297
12 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 1:03.5314 H 00.3685
13 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1:03.5555 H 00.3926
14 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:03.5789 H 00.4160
15 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:03.6259 H 00.4630
16 Walkinshaw Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 1:03.6281 H 00.4652
17 Nissan Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:03.6327 H 00.4698
18 Repair Management Aust Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 1:03.6592 H 00.4963
19 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 1:03.6849 H 00.5220
20 Nissan Motorsport Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:03.7966 H 00.6337
21 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 1:03.8064 H 00.6435
22 Erebus Motorsport V8 Ashley Walsh Mercedes E63 AMG 1:03.8244 H 00.6615
23 Super Black Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Falcon FG/X 1:03.8248 H 00.6619
24 Wilson Security Racing GRM David Wall Volvo S60 1:03.9138 H 00.7509
25 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 1:03.9900 H 00.8271