Mostert takes 10th pole with Sydney double

Saturday 22nd August, 2015 - 12:28pm

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Chaz Mostert took another pair of poles at SMP

Chaz Mostert took another pair of poles at SMP

Chaz Mostert set a new qualifying lap record on the way to a pair of Armor All Pole Awards at Sydney Motorsport Park.

The Prodrive Ford proved the class of the field on both tyre compounds ahead of the afternoon’s pair of 60km sprint races.

Race 21 Qualifying

The hard tyre session saw Chaz Mostert edge team-mate Mark Winterbottom to pole by 0.12s.

It took until just 80 seconds remained for the first flying laps to be put down, with Jamie Whincup setting the first benchmark at 1:30.22s.

The two Pepsi Max Fords were the only cars to go faster; Mostert’s 1:30.08s moving him 0.13s clear of the Holden.

“It’s a big congratulations to the guys from Prodrive to give me such a good car over one lap this year, now we’ve just got to get it done off the start,” noted Mostert.

It was all Prodrive and Red Bull at the front with David Reynolds, Craig Lowndes and Andre Heimgartner filling fourth through sixth.

Jason Bright showed an impressive turn of speed to score seventh ahead of Rick Kelly, Scott McLaughlin and Scott Pye.

It was a tough run for the Holden Racing Team, with Jack Perkins 20th and Garth Tander last after an engine problem stopped him from going out on green tyres.

Tander’s car failed to fire as it was being pulled into the fast lane by his crew, aggravating a traffic jam that had already seen Kelly and Shane van Gisbergen make minor contact.

Kelly was aggrieved by Tekno’s move to pull the Kiwi’s Holden into pitlane in front of his Nissan.

“We keep bringing it up in the briefing and they neglect to do anything about it,” he said of the practice.

“As soon as they see us pull back and idle down pitlane, everyone pulls back regardless of who’s in the fast lane.

“It’s against the rules but it’s one of those things. Everyone wants to get their lap in at the same time. One day there will be a shunt with everyone doing that.”

Race 22 Qualifying

On the higher wearing soft tyres, the second session again came down to single lap runs in the dying seconds before the chequered flag.

First car on the road Jamie Whincup again set the first benchmark, but his 1:29.09s effort would immediately be eclipsed by Mostert, whose 1:28.96s undercut the previous qualifying lap record.

On this occasion Whincup’s effort remained good enough for second, with Winterbottom unable to do better than eighth.

Fabian Coulthard and Shane van Gisbergen will share the second row, enjoying stark improvements from 12th and 21st in the opening encounter.

“It’s been a big turnaround,” admitted Coulthard. “We made a few adjustments to make it nicer. We are heading in the right direction, but it’s been a trying couple of days to get it to this point.”

David Reynolds, Scott McLaughlin and Lee Holdsworth filled fifth through seventh ahead of Winterbottom, Andre Heimgartner and Will Davison.

Garth Tander’s Holden returned to the track for the second session, ending up 16th, three places ahead of Perkins.

“It is not a good weekend for the team,” lamented Tander.

“Yesterday was really strange with what happened to JC (James Courtney) and we had a failure at the end of Practice 2 and then a failure again in Qualifying 1, where we didn’t get a lap.

“You don’t get a read on the car to change it for the soft tyre run, so the car was pretty bad. I will have to pass a lot of cars this afternoon. Hopefully it rains.”

Result: V8 Supercars Race 21 Qualifying, Sydney Motorsport Park

1 Pepsi Max Crew Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 1:30.0837
2 Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 1:30.1988 00.1151
3 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:30.2168 00.1331
4 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG/X 1:30.3897 00.3060
5 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:30.5394 00.4557
6 Super Black Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Falcon FG/X 1:30.5435 00.4598
7 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 1:30.6090 00.5253
8 Nissan Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:30.6128 00.5291
9 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:30.6147 00.5310
10 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 1:30.7035 00.6198
11 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1:30.7807 00.6970
12 Freightliner Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 1:30.8117 00.7280
13 Erebus Motorsport V8 Ashley Walsh Mercedes E63 AMG 1:30.8486 00.7649
14 Nissan Motorsport James Moffat Nissan Altima 1:30.8541 00.7704
15 Nissan Motorsport Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:30.8616 00.7779
16 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 1:30.9318 00.8481
17 Walkinshaw Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 1:30.9424 00.8587
18 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:31.0526 00.9689
19 Repair Management Aust Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 1:31.0678 00.9841
20 Holden Racing Team Jack Perkins Holden Commodore VF 1:31.0685 00.9848
21 Team Darrell Lea STIX Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:31.1563 01.0726
22 Wilson Security Racing GRM David Wall Volvo S60 1:31.1695 01.0858
23 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 1:31.2987 01.2150
24 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 1:31.9727 01.8890
25 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:48.1100 18.0263

Result: V8 Supercars Race 22 Qualifying, Sydney Motorsport Park

1 Pepsi Max Crew Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 1:28.9583
2 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:29.0874 00.1291
3 Freightliner Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 1:29.1601 00.2018
4 Team Darrell Lea STIX Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:29.1652 00.2069
5 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG/X 1:29.2382 00.2799
6 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:29.3912 00.4329
7 Walkinshaw Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 1:29.4275 00.4692
8 Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 1:29.4623 00.5040
9 Super Black Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Falcon FG/X 1:29.4646 00.5063
10 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1:29.5086 00.5503
11 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 1:29.5472 00.5889
12 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:29.5502 00.5919
13 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 1:29.6107 00.6524
14 Nissan Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:29.6199 00.6616
15 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:29.6533 00.6950
16 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:29.7963 00.8380
17 Erebus Motorsport V8 Ashley Walsh Mercedes E63 AMG 1:29.8423 00.8840
18 Nissan Motorsport James Moffat Nissan Altima 1:29.8626 00.9043
19 Repair Management Aust Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 1:29.8688 00.9105
20 Holden Racing Team Jack Perkins Holden Commodore VF 1:29.9276 00.9693
21 Wilson Security Racing GRM David Wall Volvo S60 1:29.9624 01.0041
22 Nissan Motorsport Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:30.0558 01.0975
23 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 1:30.1107 01.1524
24 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 1:30.1315 01.1732
25 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 1:30.9752 02.0169

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