McBride on pole for Carrera Cup opener

Nick McBride and Stephen Grove with their pole awards

Nick McBride has put a disappointing round at the Clipsal 500 behind him to score pole for the opening race of the 100th round of the Carrera Cup at Albert Park.

McBride ousted Sonic Motorsport Services team-mate and joint points leader Andre Heimgartner by just 0.0181sec to score his second career pole position. The other pole coming at Albert Park in 2015.

The second row will be shared by Dylan O’Keefe and Cameron McConville.

David Wall was fastest in practice, but will start from eighth in the first of four races later this afternoon.

Stephen Grove was the best in the Tag Heuer Carrera Challenge.

The first race is set down for 1620 local time.

AUDIO: McBride and Grove speak after qualifying

QUALIFYING: Carrera Cup – Albert Park

Pos No. Driver Sponsor Class Time/Gap
1 77 Nick McBride Sonic / Bob Jane T-Marts P 1:58.2543
2 777 Andre Heimgartner Bob Jane T-Marts / Sonic P +0.0181
3 88 Dylan O’Keeffe APB Group/President Limo Australia P +0.0666
4 5 Cameron McConville Repair Management Australia P +0.2047
5 7 Jaxon Evans Hungry Jacks P +0.3061
6 6 Michael Almond Repair Management Australia P +0.5096
7 38 David Wall PAYCE/Wilson Security P +0.5703
8 888 Alex Davison President Limo Australia P +0.6217
9 8 Lars Kern Porsche Centre Melbourne P +0.6819
10 54 James Abela Horsley Park Gunshop/Strathbrook Industrial Service P +1.3935
11 33 Simon Ellingham Peak Marketing P +3.2359
12 4 Stephen Grove Grove Group C +3.5536
13 9 Marc Cini Hallmarc C +4.1637
14 48 Matt Palmer STR Truck Radios C +6.0366
15 22 Dean Cook DNA Racing C +6.5192
16 131 Graham Williams DNA Racing C +13.5990


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