Van Gisbergen edges McLaughlin to Race 26 pole
Shane van Gisbergen scored his first Armor All Pole Award of the season in the Top 10 Shootout at the Castrol Gold Coast 600.
The Kiwi was the final man on track after topping the earlier qualifying session and did not disappoint.
His clean and committed 1:11.54s effort proved 0.14s quicker than previous pace-setter Scott McLaughlin, who had been the seventh driver to put down a lap.
“The car has been awesome all weekend so to reward the boys with a pole is great,” said the Tekno driver. “Hopefully we can get the win this afternoon.”
Mark Winterbottom also briefly spent time at the top of the order before ending up third, sharing the second row with Rick Kelly’s Nissan.
James Moffat improved from seventh in qualifying to fifth ahead of Red Bull duo Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup.
Whincup’s lap was spectacular from the outset and eventually saw a major rear lock-up into the final corner, costing vital time.
First on the circuit, David Reynolds, ended up eighth, ahead of the Walkinshaw Holdens of Tim Slade and Garth Tander.
The 300km Race 26 will get underway at 1435 local time.
Result: V8 Supercars Top 10 Shootout, Surfers Paradise
|1||Team Darrell Lea STIX||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||1:11.5442*H|
|2||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||1:11.6854 H||00.1412|
|3||Pepsi Max Crew||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:11.8636 H||00.3194|
|4||Nissan Motorsport||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:12.0789 H||00.5347|
|5||Nissan Motorsport||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||1:12.1785 H||00.6343|
|6||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||1:12.2588 H||00.7146|
|7||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||1:12.3124 H||00.7682|
|8||The Bottle-O Racing Team||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:12.3186 H||00.7744|
|9||Supercheap Auto Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||1:12.4144 H||00.8702|
|10||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||1:12.6370 H||01.0928|