McLaughlin strikes back for Race 27 pole
Scott McLaughlin put Volvo in the perfect position to avenge its Saturday disaster at the Castrol Gold Coast 600 by scoring pole for Race 27.
McLaughlin scooped the 13th Armor All Pole Award of his career with a sizzling 1:10.76s lap of the short street course.
The youngster had qualified second yesterday before splitter damage inflicted by co-driver Alexandre Premat in the first stint proved costly.
Craig Lowndes fell less than 0.1s shy of the Volvo at the end of the 20 minute qualifying session on his way to second ahead of Shane van Gisbergen’s Tekno entry.
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Van Gisbergen led the way ahead of the final green tyre runs but, despite improving his own time, could not make it back-to-back poles.
Jamie Whincup scored fourth ahead of Mark Winterbottom and Scott Pye, who improved greatly from his 15th place qualifying effort on Saturday.
The Walkinshaw Holdens again showed promise before ultimately falling short of the front-runners.
Garth Tander, Tim Slade, Lee Holdsworth and James Courtney will start seventh, eighth, 10th and 11th respectively, split only by the Prodrive Ford of David Reynolds.
Chaz Mostert’s replacement Cameron Waters again struggled for outright pace, managing just 23rd.
The 300km Race 27 will get underway at 1430 local time.
Result: V8 Supercars Race 27 Qualifying, Surfers Paradise
|1||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||1:10.7628*H|
|2||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||1:10.8626 H||00.0998|
|3||Team Darrell Lea STIX||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||1:10.9034 H||00.1406|
|4||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||1:10.9316 H||00.1688|
|5||Pepsi Max Crew||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:11.0443 H||00.2815|
|6||DJR Team Penske||Scott Pye||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:11.0795 H||00.3167|
|7||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||1:11.0908 H||00.3280|
|8||Supercheap Auto Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||1:11.1091 H||00.3463|
|9||The Bottle-O Racing Team||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:11.1755 H||00.4127|
|10||Walkinshaw Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore VF||1:11.2218 H||00.4590|
|11||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||1:11.2482 H||00.4854|
|12||Nissan Motorsport||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||1:11.2830 H||00.5202|
|13||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||1:11.3299 H||00.5671|
|14||Nissan Motorsport||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:11.4033 H||00.6405|
|15||Repair Management Aust Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||1:11.4211 H||00.6583|
|16||Freightliner Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||1:11.4723 H||00.7095|
|17||Erebus Motorsport V8||Will Davison||Mercedes E63 AMG||1:11.4911 H||00.7283|
|18||Erebus Motorsport V8||Ashley Walsh||Mercedes E63 AMG||1:11.5273 H||00.7645|
|19||Nissan Motorsport||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:11.6123 H||00.8495|
|20||Wilson Security Racing GRM||David Wall||Volvo S60||1:11.6831 H||00.9203|
|21||Super Black Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:11.7126 H||00.9498|
|22||Team Cooldrive||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore VF||1:11.7452 H||00.9824|
|23||Pepsi Max Crew||Cameron Waters||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:11.7575 H||00.9947|
|24||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||1:11.8425 H||01.0797|
|25||GB Galvanizing Racing||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VF||1:11.8717 H||01.1089|