McLaughlin scores first V8 Supercars pole

Scott McLaughlin scored pole for Race 9

Scott McLaughlin scored pole for Race 9

Scott McLaughlin has recorded a maiden V8 Supercars Championship pole position for both himself and Volvo ahead of Race 9 at Winton.

Five-times a qualifying runner-up prior to today, the 20-year-old proved the pace-setter on both green tyre runs.

McLaughlin opened his account with a 1:21.57s on his first set before improving further to 1:21.51s on his second.

The times were set on the first lap of each run in today’s warmer conditions.

Shane van Gisbergen and Fabian Coulthard joined McLaughlin in making it a Kiwi one-two-three for the second consecutive occasion.

Van Gisbergen’s final lap proved just 0.06s shy of McLaughlin’s, while Coulthard was 0.01s further adrift in third.

Mark Winterbottom, Craig Lowndes and James Courtney completed the top six, with Rick Kelly the first of the Nissans in seventh.

It was a tough session for Saturday heroes Erebus as Will Davison and Lee Holdsworth managed just 20th and 22nd respectively.

Jamie Whincup’s difficult weekend meanwhile continued, with the #1 Red Bull Holden set to start 13th.

McLaughlin’s pole follows a nightmare day for the Volvo team on Saturday.

A flicked water pump belt caused an engine failure in Race 7, while McLaughlin was later forced to pit from the lead in Race 8 due to an electrical problem.

The 200km Race 9 will kick-off at 1530 local time.

See below for the full Qualifying result for Race 9 

Position Driver Team Car Time Difference
1 Scott McLaughlin  Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60 1:21.5092
2 Shane Van Gisbergen  Team Tekno VIP Petfoods  Holden Commodore VF 1:21.5703  0:00.0611
3 Fabian Coulthard  Lockwood Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:21.5871  0:00.0779
4 Mark Winterbottom  Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG 1:21.6361  0:00.1269
5 Craig Lowndes  Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF 1:21.6624  0:00.1532
6 James Courtney  Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF 1:21.7297  0:00.2205
7 Rick Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima 1:21.7596  0:00.2504
8 Tim Slade  Supercheap Auto Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:21.8374  0:00.3282
9 Nick Percat  Walkinshaw Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:21.8457  0:00.3365
10 Dale Wood  Team Advam/GB  Holden Commodore VF 1:21.8882  0:00.3790
11 David Reynolds  The Bottle-O Racing Team  Ford Falcon FG 1:21.9073  0:00.3981
12 Jason Bright  Team BOC  Holden Commodore VF 1:21.9226  0:00.4134
13 Jamie Whincup  Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF 1:21.9639  0:00.4547
14 Michael Caruso  Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima 1:21.9844  0:00.4752
15 Chaz Mostert  Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG 1:21.9998  0:00.4906
16 Russell Ingall  Repair Management Aust Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:22.0258  0:00.5166
17 James Moffat  Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima 1:22.0341  0:00.5249
18 Garth Tander  Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF 1:22.0662  0:00.5570
19 Scott Pye  Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG 1:22.1022  0:00.5930
20 Will Davison  Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG 1:22.1492  0:00.6400
21 Robert Dahlgren  Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60 1:22.2345  0:00.7253
22 Lee Holdsworth  Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG 1:22.3248  0:00.8156
23 Todd Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima 1:22.3346  0:00.8254
24 Jack Perkins  Team JELD-WEN  Ford Falcon FG 1:22.3647  0:00.8555
25 David Wall  Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG 1:22.3656  0:00.8564



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