Van Gisbergen takes second Darwin pole

Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen scored his second Armor All Pole Award in as many days in the Top 10 Shootout for Race 13 at Hidden Valley.

The Kiwi was the fourth man out in the Shootout, recording a 1:06.68s that would not be beaten.

Times were over 0.5s slower than Craig Lowndes’ provisional pole from the morning’s qualifying as significantly hotter conditions greeted the drivers.

Van Gisbergen said he’s focussed on making amends for his restart error yesterday which saw the Red Bull Holden black flagged from the lead.

“The track was so much hotter, it was so slippery,” he added of the Shootout.

“Everyone was sliding around and the times were much slower.

“I mucked up into Turn 5, I lost the rear, and in the last corner as well, but it wasn’t too bad.”

Todd Kelly was the first driver on track and will start second, lapping just 0.05s slower than Van Gisbergen.

“I’m really happy about that, it was really enjoyable to drive,” said Kelly.

“We used all our tyres just to get into the Shootout and the car was tuned perfectly for the grip level we had.”

Mark Winterbottom ended up third despite battling an oversteering Bottle-O Ford on his lap.

Tim Slade’s Freightliner Holden was similarly loose on the way to fourth ahead of this morning’s pace-setters Rick Kelly and Lowndes, who faced the worst of the track conditions.

Scott McLaughlin, Chaz Mostert, Michael Caruso and Jamie Whincup completed the order.

Saturday winner Michael Caruso ran wide at Turn 1 as he struggled to get his Nissan to the apexes.

“The front tyres didn’t come up on me so I had a little bit too much understeer throughout the whole lap,” he said.

Half a second covered the top nine, while Whincup was a further 0.5s adrift after a big slide into the final corner.

The 200km Race 13 will get underway at 1330 local time.

Result: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown Race 13 Top 10 Shootout

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:06.6797*S
2 carsales Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:06.7320 S 0:00.0523
3 The Bottle-O Racing Team Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 1:06.7520 S 0:00.0723
4 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 1:06.7707 S 0:00.0910
5 Sengled Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:06.8294 S 0:00.1497
6 TeamVortex Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:06.8649 S 0:00.1852
7 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:06.8789 S 0:00.1992
8 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 1:06.9717 S 0:00.2920
9 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:07.1646 S 0:00.4849
10 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:07.7893 S 0:01.1096

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