Caruso hands Nissan maiden V8 Supercars pole

Michael Caruso took a maiden pole

Michael Caruso took a maiden pole

Michael Caruso has scored a maiden V8 Supercars pole position for himself and Japanese manufacturer Nissan ahead of Friday morning’s opening heat at Albert Park.

The 30-year-old continued his strong practice form to end the 30 minute qualifying 0.2s clear of Shane van Gisbergen’s Holden.

The leading contenders completed just two flying laps during the session, with Caruso sitting second to Van Gisbergen after the first tyre runs.

The Nissan was able to improve by 0.3s to 1:55.83s on its second run, while the Kiwi had no return answer.

“This is my very first pole position and everyone is pretty happy and very proud,” said Caruso.

“It’s something we need to enjoy for the moment and then concentrate on the racing which starts tomorrow.

“To be honest, we have had to work on the package in the past 12 months to get to this point.

“It’s a credit to everyone on the engineering group and we work hard together as a four-car team.

“It is also nice to have your boss (Todd Kelly), who I also race against, be the first person to come over and congratulate you.”

Scott McLaughlin and Jamie Whincup will share the second row, with Todd Kelly, Craig Lowndes, Fabian Coulthard, James Moffat, Jason Bright and Garth Tander completing the top 10.

Swede Robert Dahlgren was a competitive 11th in the second Volvo, less than 0.6s from Caruso’s pole time.

That put both Volvos ahead of the first Ford (Chaz Mostert in 12th) and the first Mercedes (Will Davison in 13th).

Davison’s team-mate Lee Holdsworth will start last after a slap of the Turn 9 exit wall ended his session early.

The V8 Supercars will tackle two races on Friday over 10 and 12 laps respectively.

See below for the full qualifying result 

1 Norton Hornets Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:55.8313
2 Team TEKNO VIP Petfoods Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:56.0275
3 Valvoline Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:56.0654
4 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:56.1071
5 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:56.2262
6 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:56.2480
7 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 1:56.2770
8 Norton Hornets James Moffat Nissan Altima 1:56.3234
9 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 1:56.3351
10 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:56.3680
11 Valvoline Racing GRM Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 1:56.3880
12 Pepsi Max Crew Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 1:56.4169
13 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1:56.5017
14 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:56.5255
15 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Ford Falcon FG 1:56.5817
16 Walkinshaw Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 1:56.5847
17 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 1:56.5905
18 Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 1:56.6242
19 Wilson Security Racing Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG 1:56.6700
20 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 1:56.6710
21 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:56.7548
22 Team ADVAM / GB Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 1:56.7654
23 Repair Management Aust Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 1:56.8205
24 Jeld-wen Jack Perkins Ford Falcon FG 1:56.8317
25 Erebus Motorsport V8 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 1:56.9268


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