McLaughlin scores pole for Pukekohe finale

Scott McLaughlin took a third career pole position

Scott McLaughlin took a third career pole position

Local hero Scott McLaughlin will line-up from pole position for the fourth and final race of the weekend at the ITM 500 Auckland.

The #33 Volvo set the three fastest times of the 20 minute session to back-up his pole effort from yesterday’s Race 12 session.

McLaughlin ended each of his three runs at the top of the order before leaving his final benchmark at 1:02.99s.

An error from Craig Lowndes that put his Red Bull Holden in the gravel a the hairpin with just a minute remaining failed to upset the late flurry of fast times after Race Control elected against flying the red flags.

Tim Slade made the most of the opportunity, shooting to second ahead of fellow late-improvers Shane van Gisbergen and Mark Winterbottom.

Slade’s final lap proved just 0.06s shy of McLaughlin’s best in a phenomenally tight session that saw 0.58s cover the entire field.

Chaz Mostert’s best was good enough for fifth in the final reckoning ahead of David Reynolds in the third of the FPR Falcons.

The Nissans of Michael Caruso, Todd Kelly and Rick Kelly were seventh, ninth and 10th respectively, split only by Jamie Whincup’s Holden.

Lowndes dropped to 15th over the final minutes; able to keep his time due to the lack of red flag

Race 13 will take place over 200km and decide the winner of the weekend’s Jason Richards Trophy.

Winterbottom now leads the Trophy standings from Courtney and Van Gisbergen after the Tekno Holden driver’s points penalty for contact with Jason Bright in Race 11.

The 25 points had initially only be taken from Van Gisbergen’s championship tally, but have now also been removed from the weekend’s standings.

QUALIFYING: Race 13 – ITM 500 Auckland – Pukekohe Park

Position Car Driver Team Car Time Difference
1  33  Scott McLaughlin  Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60 1:02.9914
2  47  Tim Slade  Supercheap Auto Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.0494  0:00.0580
3  97  Shane Van Gisbergen  Team Tekno VIP Petfoods  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.0586  0:00.0672
4   5  Mark Winterbottom  Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG 1:03.0997  0:00.1083
5   6  Chaz Mostert  Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG 1:03.1148  0:00.1234
6  55  David Reynolds  The Bottle-O Racing Team  Ford Falcon FG 1:03.1193  0:00.1279
7  36  Michael Caruso  Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima 1:03.1375  0:00.1461
8   1  Jamie Whincup  Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.1493  0:00.1579
9   7  Todd Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima 1:03.2139  0:00.2225
10  15  Rick Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima 1:03.2188  0:00.2274
11   4  Lee Holdsworth  Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG 1:03.2755  0:00.2841
12 222  Nick Percat  Walkinshaw Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.3040  0:00.3126
13  22  James Courtney  Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.3073  0:00.3159
14  14  Fabian Coulthard  Lockwood Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.3137  0:00.3223
15 888  Craig Lowndes  Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.3203  0:00.3289
16   9  Will Davison  Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG 1:03.3594  0:00.3680
17   8  Jason Bright  Team BOC  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.3683  0:00.3769
18  18  Jack Perkins  Team JELD-WEN  Ford Falcon FG 1:03.4329  0:00.4415
19 360  James Moffat  Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima 1:03.4623  0:00.4709
20  16  Scott Pye  Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG 1:03.5061  0:00.5147
21  34  Robert Dahlgren  Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60 1:03.5469  0:00.5555
22   2  Garth Tander  Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.5515  0:00.5601
23  21  Dale Wood  Team Advam/GB  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.5695  0:00.5781
24  23  Russell Ingall  Repair Management Aust Racing  Holden Commodore VF 1:03.5744  0:00.5830



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