McLaughlin shoots to Race 10 pole at Winton
Scott McLaughlin secured his second Armor All pole position of the weekend after another impressive display at the Winton Super Sprint.
Saturday’s Race 9 winner, McLaughlin, stopped the clocks with a 1:19.07s during his second run, which was good enough to claim pole position ahead of today’s 200km heat.
The DJR Team Penske driver enjoyed a comfortable 0.3s margin over Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s Jamie Whincup, who enjoyed a brief spell at the top of the timesheets.
“The car was fantastic there and I feel like the track might have gone off at the end there, but I got a really good lap and that was our best lap of the weekend, so it’s always nice when you do it at the most important times,” said McLaughlin, after taking his sixth Armor All pole of the season.
Reigning champion Shane van Gisbergen (Triple Eight) threatened to snatch pole in the dying minutes, but the Kiwi failed to improve upon his third position.
The Monster Energy Prodrive Ford of Cameron Waters will join the New Zealander on the second row in fourth, while DJR Team Penske’s Fabian Coulthard could only manage fifth in the #12 Falcon.
Tekno Autosports Will Davison continued to impress in sixth while a late effort from Preston Hire Racing’s Lee Holdsworth saw him jump to seventh.
Prodrive’s Mark Winterbottom, Tim Slade (Brad Jones Racing) and Garth Tander (Garry Rogers Motorsport) completed the top 10.
Meanwhile, Chaz Mostert was notable absentee from the top 10 as he struggled to 17th position in his repaired Prodrive Falcon, after suffering a gearbox issue in Race 9.
He was two spots ahead of top wildcard runner Macauley Jones in a Brad Jones Racing prepared Commodore.
The Mobil 1 HSV Racing team’s struggles continued with James Courtney 21st and Scott Pye in 28th, while Craig Lowndes qualifying issues saw him slump to 26th spot.
Today’s 200km race is scheduled to start at 1345 local time.
Result: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Winton Super Sprint Race 10 Qualifying
|1||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:19.0721*SS|
|2||Red Bull Holden Racing Aust||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||1:19.4213 SS||00.3492|
|3||Red Bull Holden Racing Aust||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||1:19.4446 SS||00.3725|
|4||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:19.4961 SS||00.4240|
|5||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:19.4963 SS||00.4242|
|6||TEKNO Woodstock Racing||Will Davison||Holden Commodore VF||1:19.5373 SS||00.4652|
|7||Preston Hire Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore VF||1:19.5801 SS||00.5080|
|8||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:19.6087 SS||00.5366|
|9||Freightliner Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||1:19.6123 SS||00.5402|
|10||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||1:19.6296 SS||00.5575|
|11||Sengled Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:19.6810 SS||00.6089|
|12||Freightliner/Alliance Truck||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||1:19.6911 SS||00.6190|
|13||Erebus Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore VF||1:19.7122 SS||00.6401|
|14||carsales Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:19.7419 SS||00.6698|
|15||Nissan Motorsport||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||1:19.8003 SS||00.7282|
|16||MEGA Racing||Jason Bright||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:19.8375 SS||00.7654|
|17||Supercheap Auto Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:19.8671 SS||00.7950|
|18||Team CoolDrive||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore VF||1:19.9367 SS||00.8646|
|19||Drillpro Racing||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore VF||1:19.9396 SS||00.8675|
|20||Wilson Security Racing GRM||James Moffat||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.0375 SS||00.9654|
|21||Mobil 1 HSV Racing||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.0416 SS||00.9695|
|22||Loco Energy Drink||Shae Davies||Nissan Altima||1:20.1168 SS||01.0447|
|23||Wilson Security Racing GRM||James Golding||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.1461 SS||01.0740|
|24||Team Harvey Norman||Simona De Silvestro||Nissan Altima||1:20.1572 SS||01.0851|
|25||Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.2289 SS||01.1568|
|26||TeamVortex||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.2867 SS||01.2146|
|27||Repair Management Aust Racing||Taz Douglas||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.4380 SS||01.3659|
|28||Mobil 1 HSV Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.6058 SS||01.5337|
|29||LD Motorsport||Alex Rullo||Holden Commodore VF||1:20.8317 SS||01.7596|