Mostert leads Prodrive qualifying sweep

Chaz Mostert

Chaz Mostert

Chaz Mostert scored his sixth pole of the season by edging out Prodrive team-mates Mark Winterbottom and David Reynolds in qualifying for Race 16.

The youngster pipped Winterbottom by 0.06s with a lap set moments after the chequered flag flew.

The 20 minute session, which saw all cars on new hard tyres, backed up the Pepsi Max Falcon’s strong practice form.

“We rolled out pretty strong in practice and we’ve worked hard together as a team,” beamed Mostert.

“Now we’ve just got to get it off the line and keep away from the mess.”

DJR Team Penske’s Scott Pye led the way after the first of two green tyre runs for the majority of the front-runners.

The #17 Ford dropped from first to fifth in the final minute, however, behind the three Prodrive entries and Scott McLaughlin’s Volvo.

McLaughlin’s encouraging speed came despite the team being forced into an engine change following a failure in morning practice.

Jamie Whincup rebounded from a lacklustre four practice sessions to drag sixth from his Red Bull Holden.

James Courtney, Fabian Coulthard, Jason Bright and Will Davison completed the top 10, with Shane van Gisbergen 11th.

Craig Lowndes only complete just one green tyre run and didn’t have the speed when it mattered, ending up 14th.

The 200km Race 16 will get underway at 1615 local time.

Result: V8 Supercars Race 16 qualifying, Townsville

1
Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:12.87
2
Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:12.93
00:00.06
3
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:12.95
00:00.09
4
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
01:12.96
00:00.09
5
DJR Team Penske
Scott Pye
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:13.01
00:00.14
6
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
01:13.11
00:00.24
7
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
01:13.11
00:00.24
8
Freightliner Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
01:13.24
00:00.38
9
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
01:13.27
00:00.40
10
Erebus Motorsport V8
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:13.31
00:00.45
11
Team Darrell Lea STIX
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
01:13.33
00:00.47
12
Nissan Motorsport
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
01:13.37
00:00.51
13
Super Black Racing
Andre Heimgartner
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:13.38
00:00.51
14
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
01:13.38
00:00.52
15
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
01:13.39
00:00.53
16
Repair Management Aust Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
01:13.44
00:00.57
17
Nissan Motorsport
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:13.48
00:00.61
18
Nissan Motorsport
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:13.49
00:00.62
19
Nissan Motorsport
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
01:13.51
00:00.64
20
Wilson Security Racing GRM
David Wall
Volvo S60
01:13.58
00:00.71
21
Walkinshaw Racing
Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore VF
01:13.58
00:00.71
22
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
01:13.59
00:00.72
23
GB Galvanizing Racing
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF
01:13.65
00:00.78
24
Erebus Motorsport V8
Ashley Walsh
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:13.74
00:00.87
25
Team Cooldrive
Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
01:13.95
00:01.08

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