Courtney and McLaughlin share Saturday poles

James Courtney will start Race 11 from pole

James Courtney will start Race 11 from pole

James Courtney and Scott McLaughlin took the pole positions for Races 11 and 12 respectively at the ITM 500 Auckland.

The second of the back-to-back 10 minute sessions was punctuated by a red flag with just 81 seconds remaining, setting up a scramble to the control line on the restart.

In the end, just the first three in the pitlane line-up, Garth Tander, Michael Caruso and Dale Wood, were able to put in a final flying lap.

Tander improved from 13th to fifth, falling short of earlier times from McLaughlin, Jamie Whincup, Mark Winterbottom and Shane van Gisbergen.

Whincup had been on course to eclipse McLaughlin prior to the red flag, which was called to retrieve Robert Dahlgren’s crashed Volvo from Turn 3.

Nick Percat was one of three to risk undertaking just one run in the session, with the HHA Holden sneaking into an eventual sixth just seconds prior to the stoppage.

Those not so fortunate included Chaz Mostert and Will Davison, who were left mired down in 23rd and 24th respectively. The latter ended the session without a single flying lap to his name.

The Race 11 qualifying session had been somewhat more conventional, with Courtney moving 0.02s under Winterbottom’s best with 60 seconds remaining.

Winterbottom, McLaughlin and Mostert completed the top four despite each failing to improve on their second runs.

Whincup ended up doing just one run in the first session. After aborting a lap due to traffic, the Red Bull driver averted disaster by jumping from outisde the top 20 to fifth in the closing seconds.

Team-mate Lowndes meanwhile struggled with car balance and will line-up 15th for the first of the two 100km encounters. He’ll start seventh in the second.

The two races are scheduled for 1405 and 1605 local time respectively.

QUALIFYING: Race 12 – ITM 500 Auckland – Pukekohe Park

Position Car Driver Team Car Time Difference
1  22  James Courtney  Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.0638
2   5  Mark Winterbottom  Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG 1:03.0818  0:00.0180
3  33  Scott McLaughlin  Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60 1:03.1925  0:00.1287
4   6  Chaz Mostert  Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG 1:03.2487  0:00.1849
5   1  Jamie Whincup  Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.2647  0:00.2009
6 222  Nick Percat  Walkinshaw Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.2671  0:00.2033
7  97  Shane Van Gisbergen  Team Tekno VIP Petfoods  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.2781  0:00.2143
8   8  Jason Bright  Team BOC  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.2870  0:00.2232
9   7  Todd Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima 1:03.2936  0:00.2298
10  47  Tim Slade  Supercheap Auto Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.3147  0:00.2509
11   2  Garth Tander  Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.3224  0:00.2586
12  55  David Reynolds  The Bottle-O Racing Team  Ford Falcon FG 1:03.3347  0:00.2709
13  14  Fabian Coulthard  Lockwood Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.3396  0:00.2758
14  16  Scott Pye  Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG 1:03.3453  0:00.2815
15 888  Craig Lowndes  Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.3473  0:00.2835
16   9  Will Davison  Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG 1:03.3482  0:00.2844
17   4  Lee Holdsworth  Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG 1:03.3584  0:00.2946
18  36  Michael Caruso  Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima 1:03.4233  0:00.3595
19  15  Rick Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima 1:03.4756  0:00.4118
20 360  James Moffat  Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima 1:03.4853  0:00.4215
21  18  Jack Perkins  Team JELD-WEN  Ford Falcon FG 1:03.5980  0:00.5342
22  21  Dale Wood  Team Advam/GB  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.7741  0:00.7103
23  23  Russell Ingall  Repair Management Aust Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.8220  0:00.7582
24  34  Robert Dahlgren  Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60 1:03.9866  0:00.9228

QUALIFYING: Race 12 – ITM 500 Auckland – Pukekohe Park

Position Car Driver Team Car Time Difference
1  33  Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60 1:03.0438
2   1  Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.1000 0:00.0562
3   5  Mark Winterbottom Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG 1:03.1524 0:00.1086
4  97  Shane Van Gisbergen Team Tekno VIP Petfoods  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.2005 0:00.1567
5   2  Garth Tander Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.2118 0:00.1680
6 222  Nick Percat Walkinshaw Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.2190 0:00.1752
7 888  Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.2201 0:00.1763
8  55  David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team  Ford Falcon FG 1:03.2952 0:00.2514
9   7  Todd Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima 1:03.3323 0:00.2885
10 360  James Moffat Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima 1:03.3362 0:00.2924
11  22  James Courtney Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.4090 0:00.3652
12  14  Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.4099 0:00.3661
13  16  Scott Pye Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG 1:03.4797 0:00.4359
14   8  Jason Bright Team BOC  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.5187 0:00.4749
15  15  Rick Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima 1:03.5356 0:00.4918
16  36  Michael Caruso Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima 1:03.5445 0:00.5007
17  47  Tim Slade Supercheap Auto Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.5678 0:00.5240
18  23  Russell Ingall Repair Management Aust Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.6781 0:00.6343
19  21  Dale Wood Team Advam/GB  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.6817 0:00.6379
20  34  Robert Dahlgren Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60 1:03.7116 0:00.6678
21   4  Lee Holdsworth Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG 1:03.7170 0:00.6732
22  18  Jack Perkins Team JELD-WEN  Ford Falcon FG 1:03.7543 0:00.7105
23   6  Chaz Mostert Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG 1:03.8170 0:00.7732
24   9  Will Davison Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG 4:02.6377 2:59.5939

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