SVG scores Pukekohe pole double
Title rivals Shane van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup will share the front-row for both of this afternoon’s 100km sprint races at Pukekohe.
Van Gisbergen edged his Red Bull team-mate by less than 0.05s in the two 10 minute qualifying sessions that set the grid for the respective races.
“It has been awesome and the car has been fantastic all week,” smiled Van Gisbergen.
“We are in a good spot for this afternoon and I’m looking forward to the races.
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“The job is not done and hopefully I can give the crowd something to cheer for this afternoon.”
Race 24 Qualifying
Van Gisbergen wasted no time in setting what proved to be the Armor All Pole Award winning lap in the opening session.
A 1:02.51s left the Kiwi 0.24s clear of Scott McLaughlin after the first runs and proved unbeatable for the duration.
Whincup came closest to knocking off Van Gisbergen, leaping from ninth after the first run to second, just 0.006s from pole.
McLaughlin improved his time on his second set of tyres to secure third ahead of Mark Winterbottom, Garth Tander and James Courtney, who were all within a tenth of Van Gisbergen.
Will Davison was third after the first tyre run but fell to 12th, while Fabian Coulthard dropped from fifth to 14th.
Tim Slade ran wide at the exit of the final corner as the chequered flag came out, making side-on contact with the outside concrete wall.
“I tried to get the car turned with the throttle and it picked up some understeer and there was no recovery from there,” he explained.
Ending the session 19th, the damage proved too much to see the Freightliner Holden return for the second session.
James Moffat also struck trouble during qualifying for Race 24, ending up 25th after running off at Turn 4.
Race 25 Qualifying
Van Gisbergen upped the ante again in the second session, setting an early benchmark of 1:02.22s that proved 0.048s quicker than Whincup’s first effort.
The six-time champion went faster to the first sector on the first lap of his second run before running off the road at the chicane.
Van Gisbergen fell foul of the same corner a lap later, spinning at the exit of the right-hander in front of Whincup, ensuring neither improved.
Chaz Mostert and Coulthard scored second row starts in their Fords ahead of Davison and Winterbottom.
The reigning champion had his own off at the chicane on his first run, ensuring he entered the final minutes at the bottom of the order.
Michael Caruso was third after the first runs but fell to seventh ahead of McLaughlin, Scott Pye and David Reynolds.
Tander and Courtney meanwhile failed to live up to their early pace, ending up 15th and 16th respectively.
Craig Lowndes struggled for speed in both sessions and is set to start 21st and 13th in the respective races.
Result: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship ITM Auckland Super Sprint Race 24 Qualifying
|1||Red Bull Racing Australia||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||1:02.51|
|2||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||1:02.51||00.00|
|3||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||1:02.52||00.00|
|4||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:02.55||00.03|
|5||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||1:02.59||00.07|
|6||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||1:02.60||00.09|
|7||Sengled Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:02.66||00.15|
|8||DJR Team Penske||Scott Pye||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:02.74||00.23|
|9||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||1:02.75||00.24|
|10||Supercheap Auto Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:02.76||00.25|
|11||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:02.77||00.25|
|12||Team Darrell Lea STIX||Will Davison||Holden Commodore VF||1:02.77||00.26|
|13||Erebus Motorsport Penrite||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore VF||1:02.77||00.26|
|14||DJR Team Penske||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:02.83||00.31|
|15||Clipsal 500 Adelaide Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||1:02.86||00.35|
|16||Preston Hire Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore VF||1:02.91||00.40|
|17||carsales Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:02.94||00.43|
|18||GB Galvanizing Racing||Dale Wood||Nissan Altima||1:03.00||00.48|
|19||Freightliner Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||1:03.05||00.54|
|20||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||1:03.07||00.56|
|21||TeamVortex||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||1:03.07||00.56|
|22||Team Cooldrive||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore VF||1:03.17||00.65|
|23||Plus Fitness Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Holden Commodore VF||1:03.19||00.68|
|24||Super Black Racing||Chris Pither||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:03.37||00.86|
|25||Wilson Security Racing GRM||James Moffat||Volvo S60||1:03.56||01.05|
|26||Erebus Motorsport||Shae Davies||Holden Commodore VF||1:04.09||01.57|
Result: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship ITM Auckland Super Sprint Race 25 Qualifying
|1||Red Bull Racing Australia||Shane Van Gisberge||Holden Commodore VF||1:02.21|
|2||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||1:02.26||00.04|
|3||Supercheap Auto Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:02.29||00.07|
|4||DJR Team Penske||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:02.36||00.14|
|5||Team Darrell Lea STIX||Will Davison||Holden Commodore VF||1:02.45||00.23|
|6||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:02.49||00.27|
|7||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||1:02.50||00.28|
|8||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||1:02.52||00.31|
|9||DJR Team Penske||Scott Pye||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:02.53||00.31|
|10||Erebus Motorsport Penrite||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore VF||1:02.61||00.39|
|11||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:02.65||00.43|
|12||carsales Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:02.66||00.44|
|13||TeamVortex||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||1:02.68||00.46|
|14||Sengled Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:02.70||00.48|
|15||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||1:02.71||00.49|
|16||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||1:02.75||00.54|
|17||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||1:02.77||00.56|
|18||GB Galvanizing Racing||Dale Wood||Nissan Altima||1:02.85||00.63|
|19||Team Cooldrive||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore VF||1:02.91||00.69|
|20||Clipsal 500 Adelaide Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||1:02.91||00.69|
|21||Preston Hire Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore VF||1:02.97||00.75|
|22||Wilson Security Racing GRM||James Moffat||Volvo S60||1:03.02||00.80|
|23||Plus Fitness Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Holden Commodore VF||1:03.17||00.95|
|24||Super Black Racing||Chris Pither||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:03.19||00.98|
|25||Erebus Motorsport||Shae Davies||Holden Commodore VF||1:03.37||01.15|