McLaughlin scores first V8 Supercars pole
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
|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|