Tander takes Aston Martin to Highlands pole

Tander took Quinn's Aston to pole position

Tander took Quinn’s Aston to pole position

V8 Supercar star Garth Tander has beaten Australian GT Championship leader Richard Muscat to pole position for the AGTC season finale at Highlands Park.

Returning to Tony Quinn’s Aston Martin for the first time since scoring victory at Phillip Island in September, Tander reeled off a late 1:31.86s lap of the Highlands circuit to secure pole.

Erebus Mercedes driver Muscat had been on top for much of the session but ended up 0.24s away from the pace in second.

The result sees Muscat’s championship advantage over Quinn cut to 30 points, with the latter receiving two points as a pole bonus.

Steven Richards took Justin McMillan’s Lamborghini to third ahead of Jono Lester and John Bowe in the leading Ferraris.

The day marked a strong debut for the Lester-driven Trass Family Motorsport 458, which also proved quick in the two earlier practice sessions.

The Trass Ferrari enjoyed a strong debut

The Trass Ferrari enjoyed a strong debut

Shane van Gisbergen managed sixth despite he and Klark Quinn making a late shift into the Quinn family’s Mosler MT900 following issues with their regular McLaren entry.

The McLaren suffered an oil pump failure in second practice, leaving the team to scurry for a replacement ahead of tomorrow’s two 40 minute races.

Craig Lowndes placed Inky Tulloch’s new Chevrolet Camaro in seventh, over two seconds away from Tander’s pace.

The top 10 was completed by Nathan Antunes (Audi), Ryan Millier (Ferrari) and Ben Porter (Porsche).

Saturday will see a 30 minute warm-up for the AGTC competitors prior to the two races which conclude the season.

The non-championship Highlands 101 will then follow on Sunday, where the Australian entries will be joined by several local competitors.

Result: AGTC Qualifying, Highlands Park

pos

competitor

car

best time

diff

1

Tony Quinn / Garth Tander

Aston Martin

01:31.855

2

Richard Muscat

Mercedes-Benz

01:32.097

00.242

3

Justin McMillan / Steven Richards

Lamborghini

01:32.954

01.099

4

Jono Lester

Ferrari

01:33.365

01.510

5

John Bowe

Ferrari

01:33.832

01.977

6

Klark Quinn / Shane Van Gisbergen

Mosler

01:34.043

02.188

7

Inky Tulloch / Graig Lowndes

Chevrolet

01:34.131

02.276

8

Rod Salmon / Nathan Antunes

Audi

01:34.741

02.886

9

Jim Manolios / Ryan Millier

Ferrari

01:35.521

03.666

10

Andrew Macpherson / Ben Porter

Porsche

01:35.561

03.706

11

Peter Fitzgerald / Michael Almond

Audi

01:35.985

04.130

12

Adrian Deitz / Cameron McConville

Ferrari

01:36.084

04.229

13

Ross Lilley / Paul Kelly

Lamborghini

01:36.613

04.758

14

Ockert Fourie / John Magro

Audi

01:36.718

04.863

15

Peter Edwards

Bentley

01:36.718

04.863

16

Simon Ellingham / Andre Heimgartner

Porsche

01:37.081

05.226

17

Michael Hovey / Matt Campbell

Porsche

01:37.611

05.756

18

Steven McLaughlan / Warren Luff

Audi

01:37.957

06.102

19

Indiran Padayachee / Duvashen Padayachee

Porsche

01:39.239

07.384

20

Brendan Cook / Matt Kingsley

Porsche

01:39.600

07.745

21

Keith Kassulke / Les Walmsley

Ascari

01:40.263

08.408

22

Ben Foessel / George Foessel

Porsche

01:41.350

09.495

23

Paul Van Leonhout

Ferrari

01:41.937

10.082

24

Tony Martin / Grant Bromley

Ginetta

01:46.020

14.165

25

Mark Griffith

Ginetta

01:46.391

14.536

26

Sam Fillmore / Danny Stutterd

Porsche

01:47.56

15.700

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