Van Gisbergen tops Sunday qualifying in Sydney

Shane van Gisbergen set the pace

Shane van Gisbergen set the pace

Shane van Gisbergen will be the last runner in the Top 10 Shootout after proving the fastest man in Race 38 qualifying at Sydney Olympic Park.

The Tekno Autosports Holden driver proved the class of the field during the 20 minutes, leaping to the top of the order with a 1:27.91s lap just past the halfway mark.

The time withstood all of the green tyre efforts in the final minutes, including his own.

“I didn’t go any better on the new tyres, I was on old ones at that stage,” he smiled afterward.

“It was pretty awesome, the car is really good.

“(In the Shootout I’ll just) try and be consistent, put a mistake free lap together and stay on the front-row.”

The remainder of the Shootout field was decided in the final seconds, with Garth Tander slotting into second place, 0.3s adrift of Van Gisbergen, after the chequered flag.

Jamie Whincup was third ahead of David Reynolds, Mark Winterbottom and Scott Pye, who will compete in a Top 10 run-off for the first time ahead of his last appearance with Dick Johnson Racing.

Scott McLaughlin, Chaz Mostert, Rick Kelly and James Courtney completed the Shootout field.

Brad Jones Racing pair Fabian Coulthard and Jason Bright both narrowly missed the cut in 11th and 12th respectively, while Craig Lowndes will also watch from the sidelines after managing just 18th.

Robert Dahlgren enjoyed one of his best efforts of the year in 15th, despite nosing his Volvo into the Turn 9 tyre barrier early in the session.

Race 36 pole sitter Will Davison endured a wild spin at the exit of the final corner on his first run on the way to 17th.

Marcos Ambrose will again start outside the top 20 in 23rd, while the Nissans of Michael Caruso and Todd Kelly both suffered brake problems at the tail of the order.

The Top 10 Shootout will get underway at 1330 local time.

Result: V8 Supercars Race 38 qualifying, Sydney

1
Team Tekno VIP Petfoods
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
01:27.91
2
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
01:28.24
00:00.34
3
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
01:28.31
00:00.40
4
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG
01:28.40
00:00.49
5
Ford Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG
01:28.40
00:00.50
6
Wilson Security Racing
Scott Pye
Ford Falcon FG
01:28.50
00:00.60
7
Valvoline Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
01:28.51
00:00.60
8
Ford Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG
01:28.55
00:00.64
9
Jack Daniel's Racing
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:28.66
00:00.76
10
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
01:28.72
00:00.82
11
Lockwood Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
01:28.74
00:00.84
12
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
01:28.82
00:00.91
13
Norton Hornets
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
01:28.84
00:00.94
14
Walkinshaw Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
01:28.94
00:01.04
15
Valvoline Racing GRM
Robert Dahlgren
Volvo S60
01:28.94
00:01.04
16
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
01:28.95
00:01.05
17
Erebus Motorsport V8
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:28.95
00:01.05
18
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
01:29.00
00:01.09
19
Erebus Motorsport V8
Lee Holdsworth
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:29.10
00:01.19
20
Wilson Security Racing
David Wall
Ford Falcon FG
01:29.13
00:01.22
21
Team Advam/GB
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF
01:29.36
00:01.46
22
Repair Management Aust Racing
Russell Ingall
Holden Commodore VF
01:29.64
00:01.73
23
XBOX Racing DJR
Marcos Ambrose
Ford Falcon FG
01:29.78
00:01.88
24
Team JELD-WEN
Jack Perkins
Ford Falcon FG
01:29.80
00:01.89
25
Norton Hornets
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
01:30.08
00:02.18
26
Jack Daniel's Racing
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:34.42
00:06.51

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