Scott Pye and Chaz Mostert scored a pole position apiece for Ford squads DJR Team Penske and Prodrive on the opening day of V8 Supercars action at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide.
Pye’s maiden pole came in the opening 10 minutes session on the soft tyres, while Mostert made a stunning comeback from injury with the fastest time in the hard tyre session.
Race 1 Qualifying
There was elation for Scott Pye and DJR Team Penske as the South Australian nabbed the Armor All Pole Award for Race 1 in the dying seconds.
A 1:20.02s effort from Pye knocked Ford rival Mark Winterbottom from the top spot with the chequered flag flying, much to the delight of the American owned team.
Scott McLaughlin slotted into second before Jamie Whincup, on his second lap of his second run, knocked the Volvo from the front-row.
Winterbottom, James Courtney and Shane van Gisbergen completed the top six, while Todd Kelly, who set the pace on the first of the two soft tyre runs, fell to an eventual seventh.
The result however was all about Pye and DJRTP as the team starts its second season under its Penske guise.
“It’s just a big relief,” smiled Pye, who was spectating in Adelaide last year while Marcos Ambrose led the team’s effort.
“The podium at Pukekohe (last November) was the start of something good I think. The guys have worked so hard.
“It’s been a massive off-season, I’ve got my wish list and it’s all coming good. We’ve got to keep our heads down and work.”
Pye is this year working with engineer Adam de Borre, who had guided Mostert to a season-high 10 pole positions in 2015.
“It’s fantastic to start like that, it was beyond our expectations,” beamed De Borre.
“At the end of last year I didn’t think I was going to be here. It’s just unreal and I’m so happy for Scott and the whole team.”
Race 2 Qualifying
Managing just 12th on the Race 1 grid, Mostert sprung a surprise when he shot to the top of the order after the chequered flag fell in the second session.
Courtney led the way for most of the hard tyre hit-out, running a 1:20.56s when choosing to do a second lap on his first set of rubber.
Whincup looked to have stolen the top spot when he moved 0.1s clear in the dying seconds, before Mostert trumped all comers with his 1:20.37s.
“I didn’t really see that coming, I just wanted to ease back into it,” said Mostert.
“The car felt awesome on the hard tyres, (but) we missed it a bit on the softs.
“It’s fantastic to come back and still be up the pointy end.
“I’m a bit lost for words, it feels like my first pole all over again.”
McLaughlin bumped Courtney to fourth in the final moments, while Van Gisbergen and Michael Caruso completed the top six.
Pye backed up his pole with a solid if unspectacular seventh, 10 places ahead of new team-mate Fabian Coulthard.
Reigning champion Winterbottom could manage no better than 10th.
A final practice session will take place tomorrow morning before the afternoon’s pair of 125km races.
Result: V8 Supercars Clipsal 500 Adelaide Race 1 Qualifying
|1||DJR Team Penske||Scott Pye||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:20.0168*S|
|2||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.1094 S||00.0926|
|3||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||1:20.1505 S||00.1337|
|4||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:20.1622 S||00.1454|
|5||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.2364 S||00.2196|
|6||Red Bull Racing Australia||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.2752 S||00.2584|
|7||carsales Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:20.2839 S||00.2671|
|8||Nissan Motorsport||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:20.3933 S||00.3765|
|9||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.4067 S||00.3899|
|10||Team Darrell Lea STIX||Will Davison||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.4089 S||00.3921|
|11||Team Vortex||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.4142 S||00.3974|
|12||Supercheap Auto Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:20.4377 S||00.4209|
|13||DJR Team Penske||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:20.4661 S||00.4493|
|14||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||1:20.5147 S||00.4979|
|15||Prodrive Racing Australia||Cameron Waters||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:20.5659 S||00.5491|
|16||Erebus Motorsport Penrite||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.5716 S||00.5548|
|17||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.5879 S||00.5711|
|18||Freightliner Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.6324 S||00.6156|
|19||Preston Hire Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.6804 S||00.6636|
|20||Wilson Security Racing GRM||James Moffat||Volvo S60||1:20.8847 S||00.8679|
|21||LD Motorsports||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.9523 S||00.9355|
|22||Superblack Racing||Chris Pither||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:20.9544 S||00.9376|
|23||GB Galvanizing Racing||Dale Wood||Nissan Altima||1:21.1744 S||01.1576|
|24||LD Motorsports||Andre Heimgartner||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.3610 S||01.3442|
|25||Team Cooldrive||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.4342 S||01.4174|
|26||Plus Fitness Racing||Aaren Russell||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.5897 S||01.5729|
Result: V8 Supercars Clipsal 500 Adelaide Race 2 Qualifying
|1||Supercheap Auto Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:20.3724*H|
|2||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.4552 H||00.0828|
|3||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||1:20.4834 H||00.1110|
|4||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.5612 H||00.1888|
|5||Red Bull Racing Australia||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.6082 H||00.2358|
|6||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||1:20.6425 H||00.2701|
|7||DJR Team Penske||Scott Pye||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:20.6754 H||00.3030|
|8||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.8206 H||00.4482|
|9||Team Vortex||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.9113 H||00.5389|
|10||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:20.9135 H||00.5411|
|11||Team Darrell Lea STIX||Will Davison||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.9318 H||00.5594|
|12||Prodrive Racing Australia||Cameron Waters||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:20.9545 H||00.5821|
|13||Freightliner Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.0690 H||00.6966|
|14||Nissan Motorsport||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:21.0699 H||00.6975|
|15||Preston Hire Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.0770 H||00.7046|
|16||Team Cooldrive||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.0795 H||00.7071|
|17||DJR Team Penske||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:21.1023 H||00.7299|
|18||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.1433 H||00.7709|
|19||LD Motorsports||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.1507 H||00.7783|
|20||carsales Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:21.1865 H||00.8141|
|21||Wilson Security Racing GRM||James Moffat||Volvo S60||1:21.3525 H||00.9801|
|22||Erebus Motorsport Penrite||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.3553 H||00.9829|
|23||Superblack Racing||Chris Pither||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:21.7035 H||01.3311|
|24||LD Motorsports||Andre Heimgartner||Holden Commodore VF||1:21.7291 H||01.3567|
|25||GB Galvanizing Racing||Dale Wood||Nissan Altima||1:21.8002 H||01.4278|
|26||Plus Fitness Racing||Aaren Russell||Holden Commodore VF||1:22.0507 H||01.6783|