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Russell, Foster on front row for Carrera Cup

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Friday 23rd October, 2015 - 7:24pm

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Points leader Nick Foster will start from the front row

Points leader Nick Foster will start from the front row

Carrera Cup points leader Nick Foster has taken a major step towards securing the title with a front row start for the first race on the streets of the Gold Coast.

David Russell landed pole position with Foster to start from second.

Foster’s main rival for the title, defending champion Steven Richards, will be forced to come from 10th.

In a dramatic 20-minute session, many of the big stars found trouble either spinning, or at least having to use escape roads after overshooting.

Many also had their best times erased after kerb strikes on the demanding Surfers Paradise layout.

Foster got one of the biggest scares when early on Russell spun exiting the first chicane. Foster was travelling behind and as Russell went around he nearly backed into the points leader.

Foster then set the fastest time before breaking what he believed to be a drive-shaft with only minutes remaining. In the closing seconds of the session Russell was able to come through and take the pole.

It was a frustrating session for Richards, who will start from the fifth row. A spin at the hairpin, and then a combination of kerb strikes and traffic not helping his cause.

In the Tag Heuer Carrera Challenge defending champion Stephen Grove was fastest ahead of points leader Shane Smollen and Tony Bates.

The opening race of the Carrera Cup finale weekend will be Saturday afternoon at 1.15pm.

VIDEO: Grove and Foster speak after qualifying

QUALIFYING: Carrera Cup – Gold Coast

POS NO Driver Team Time Gap
1 10 David Russell Finanze Ezi 1:12.6448
2 777 Nick Foster Bob Jane T-Marts 1:12.6878 0.0430
3 7 Matt Campbell Phase 8 1:12.7463 0.1015
4 26 Michael Almond Copyworld 1:13.1462 0.5014
5 22 Richard Muscat Wilson Security/PAYCE/Genis Steel 1:13.1600 0.5152
6 8 Craig Baird Porsche Centre Melbourne 1:13.1692 0.5244
7 77 Nick McBride Bob Jane T-Marts 1:13.2542 0.6094
8 88 Shae Davies Davbridge Constructions 1:13.3725 0.7277
9 65 Fraser Ross Porsche Centre Brighton 1:13.4371 0.7923
10 1 Steven Richards Laser Plumbing & Electrical 1:13.6094 0.9646
11 45 Duvashen Padayachee Darrell Lea STIX 1:13.7271 1.0823
12 25 John Martin Copyworld 1:13.8683 1.2235
13 4 Stephen Grove Grove Group 1:14.2633 1.6185
14 56 Shane Smollen McGrath Estate Agents 1:14.3774 1.7326
15 24 Tony Bates AFS / Fleetguard 1:14.3880 1.7432
16 13 James Bergmuller MotorOne Car Care 1:14.7986 2.1538
17 9 Marc Cini Hallmarc 1:15.3309 2.6861
18 39 Adrian Mastronardo Veritas 1:15.8002 3.1554
19 222 Scott Taylor Scott Taylor Motorsport 1:16.1768 3.5320
20 6 Ash Samadi Apartment Hotel 1:16.4419 3.7971

 

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