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Van Gisbergen fastest in Race 36 qualifying

Sunday 6th December, 2015 - 12:40pm

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Van Gisbergen proved the fast man in Race 36 qualifying

Van Gisbergen was fastest in Race 36 qualifying

Shane van Gisbergen will be the last man out in the Top 10 Shootout after topping the final qualifying session of the season at Sydney Olympic Park.

New champion Mark Winterbottom proved the fast man until the final green tyre run, which he elected to sit out in order to save rubber for the Shootout.

Van Gisbergen put down a 1:27.99s effort with a minute on the clock to move 0.35s ahead of his Ford rival.

“It is pretty hot out there but there is still heaps of grip,” said Van Gisbergen.

“Hopefully we can do a nice safe lap in the Shootout and get on the first two rows.”

A late effort from Scott McLaughlin saw the Volvo slot into second, 0.23s adrift of countryman Van Gisbergen.

The Volvo squad will have two representatives in the Shootout with David Wall managing an outstanding ninth ahead of his final race for the team.

“It is obviously great for everyone on car 34 to give them a bit of pep in their step and hopefully I can try and finish the year on a high,” said Wall.

“This year especially I have been struggling to find a set up I’m happy with in qualifying. Unfortunately it is the last day of the year.”

Winterbottom ended up third ahead of Rick Kelly, who sat sat at the bottom of the order for much of the going after hitting traffic in his first run.

Saturday double winner Jamie Whincup could manage no better than fifth ahead of James Courtney, David Reynolds, Michael Caruso, Wall and Tim Slade.

Brad Jones Racing duo Jason Bright and Fabian Coulthard narrowly missed out on the Shootout in 11th and 12th respectively.

Craig Lowndes’ difficult weekend continued, with the veteran a full 0.6s adrift of Van Gisbergen in 13th.

Scott Pye and DJR Team Penske fared even worse after the #17 Ford understeered into the tyres at Turn 1 early in the going.

After the team fixed cosmetic front-end damage, Pye recorded a time good enough for just 18th.

Result: V8 Supercars Coates Hire Sydney 500 Qualifying

1 Team Darrell Lea STIX Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:27.9904
2 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:28.2179 00.2275
3 Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 1:28.3392 00.3488
4 Nissan Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:28.3537 00.3633
5 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:28.4131 00.4227
6 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:28.4613 00.4709
7 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG/X 1:28.4647 00.4743
8 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:28.4841 00.4937
9 Wilson Security Racing GRM David Wall Volvo S60 1:28.5450 00.5546
10 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 1:28.5563 00.5659
11 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 1:28.5796 00.5892
12 Freightliner Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 1:28.6308 00.6404
13 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:28.6446 00.6542
14 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1:28.6604 00.6700
15 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:28.6760 00.6856
16 Walkinshaw Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 1:28.6916 00.7012
17 Nissan Motorsport James Moffat Nissan Altima 1:28.6951 00.7047
18 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 1:28.6968 00.7064
19 Nissan Motorsport Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:28.8823 00.8919
20 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 1:29.0097 01.0193
21 Super Black Racing Chris Pither Ford Falcon FG/X 1:29.0699 01.0795
22 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 1:29.0769 01.0865
23 Erebus Motorsport V8 Alex Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1:29.0773 01.0869
24 Repair Management Aust Racing Jack Perkins Holden Commodore VF 1:29.1173 01.1269
25 Pepsi Max Crew Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG/X 1:29.2624 01.2720

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