Mostert edges Lowndes to Race 9 pole
Chaz Mostert scored his second Armor All Pole Award of the season by edging out Craig Lowndes in Race 9 qualifying at Barbagallo.
Following two days of intermittent rain, the 20 minute session proved the first fully dry run of the weekend.
Chris Pither provided the biggest surprise, popping to the top of the order with a 55.15s ahead of the final green tyre runs.
The Kiwi remained on top until Lowndes went 0.3s quicker with just 90 seconds on the clock.
Mostert had the last laugh, however, bumping the Race 8 winner to second with a 55.05s moments prior to the chequered flag.
“It’s awesome to get this,” said Mostert, who scored a career first pole at Barbagallo last year.
“We’ve been struggling the last couple of rounds so it’s good to reward the boys.”
Mark Winterbottom slotted into third as he aims to avenge a troubled Saturday that netted just a 22nd place finish.
“It’s good to bounce back,” he said. “I drove pretty average yesterday.”
Pither held on for fourth despite failing to improve on his final set of tyres.
“I’m absolutely rapt for the whole Super Black Racing team,” he smiled.
“The car has been bang on since we rolled it out of the truck and I’m just building confidence.
“It wasn’t a great start to the year but I knew as a team we were capable of this, I just needed to get the job done.”
Fabian Coulthard made it four Fords in the top five ahead of Shane van Gisbergen, Rick Kelly, Jamie Whincup, Scott McLaughlin and Garth Tander.
James Courtney was just 16th in the second Holden Racing Team entry.
“We had such minimal running in the dry in the last couple of days so it was a bit of a swing and a miss I suppose,” he said.
The 200km Race 9 will get underway at 1445 local time.
Result: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Race 9 Qualifying
|1||Supercheap Auto Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG/X||0:55.0538*S|
|2||TeamVortex||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||0:55.1235 S||00.0697|
|3||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||0:55.1393 S||00.0855|
|4||Super Black Racing||Chris Pither||Ford Falcon FG/X||0:55.1510 S||00.0972|
|5||DJR Team Penske||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Falcon FG/X||0:55.1749 S||00.1211|
|6||Red Bull Racing Australia||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||0:55.1925 S||00.1387|
|7||Nissan Motorsport||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||0:55.2437 S||00.1899|
|8||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||0:55.2558 S||00.2020|
|9||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||0:55.3385 S||00.2847|
|10||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||0:55.3447 S||00.2909|
|11||Team Darrell Lea STIX||Will Davison||Holden Commodore VF||0:55.3881 S||00.3343|
|12||Preston Hire Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore VF||0:55.3965 S||00.3427|
|13||GB Galvanizing Racing||Dale Wood||Nissan Altima||0:55.4039 S||00.3501|
|14||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Falcon FG/X||0:55.4066 S||00.3528|
|15||Freightliner Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||0:55.4455 S||00.3917|
|16||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||0:55.4558 S||00.4020|
|17||Team Cooldrive||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore VF||0:55.4702 S||00.4164|
|18||DJR Team Penske||Scott Pye||Ford Falcon FG/X||0:55.4743 S||00.4205|
|19||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||0:55.4927 S||00.4389|
|20||Wilson Security Racing GRM||James Moffat||Volvo S60||0:55.5197 S||00.4659|
|21||carsales Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||0:55.5509 S||00.4971|
|22||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||0:55.6178 S||00.5640|
|23||Erebus Motorsport Penrite||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore VF||0:55.6456 S||00.5918|
|24||ABRO/Repair Management Aust||Andre Heimgartner||Holden Commodore VF||0:55.6756 S||00.6218|
|25||ABRO/Repair Management Aust||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||0:55.6817 S||00.6279|
|26||Plus Fitness Racing||Aaren Russell||Holden Commodore VF||0:56.0502 S||00.9964|