Shae Davies has landed his first ever Armor All Pole Position in the Dunlop Super2 Series, bouncing back from a lap wrecked by traffic at Townsville.
The MW Motorsport driver will line up for this afternoon’s opening race alongside Todd Hazelwood, while Paul Dumbrell qualified seventh.
Davies was on for a significant improvement to his position, then outside the top 10, in the latter minutes of the session before he came up fast on Josh Kean while crossing Boundary Street.
The 27-year-old was unperturbed as he jumped to the top of the timesheets next time around with a 1:14.8028s in his #28 Loco Nissan Altima.
The pole is his first in the category since joining the second tier of Supercars at the 2014 season finale.
Davies’ time unseated Hazelwood, who ended up over 0.1s away in the #35 Bigmate Matt Stone Racing Commodore.
Garry Jacobson starts third, alongside Anton de Pasquale.
Jacobson moved up to second during the second runs before being shuffled back in the latter half of the session.
He took the #1 Mega Prodrive Racing Australia Falcon to third on the timing monitor in the final minute and improved again after the chequered flag to consolidate the position.
De Pasquale briefly held the lead in the #67 ToolPro Paul Morris Motorsport Falcon before usurping Jack Le Brocq for fourth after the chequered flag.
Le Brocq (#28 GoGetta MW Motorsport Altima) ended up fifth, sharing the third row with Richard Muscat (#44 Wilson Security GRM Commodore).
Dumbrell didn’t seriously threaten for pole as he qualified seventh in the #88 Burson Auto Parts Eggleston Motorsport Commodore, and will start next to Jack Perkins (#4 Titan Tray Dragon Motor Racing Commodore).
Macauley Jones (#14 DrillPro Brad Jones Racing Commodore) qualified ninth, with Kean (#5 Wynns Prodrive Racing Australia Falcon) provisionally 10th.
Kean will, however, face a post-session investigation into the incident with Davies.
The 15-minute session ran full length despite a red flag period just after the first timed laps when Jack Smith (#21 SCT Logistics Brad Jones Racing Commodore) locked up and took out Brodie Kostecki (#57 Sprint Cutting Matt Stone Racing Falcon) at Turn 2, ending both cars’ sessions.
Race 1, of 21 laps distance, starts at 1455 local time/AEST.
Results: Qualifying for Race 1
|1||LOCO Energy Drink / MWM||Shae Davies||Nissan Altima||1:14.8028|
|2||Bigmate Racing||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore VF||1:14.9426||0:00.1398|
|3||McQuinn Electrical||Garry Jacobson||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:15.0102||0:00.2074|
|4||Paul Morris Motorsports||Anton de Pasquale||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:15.0592||0:00.2564|
|5||GoGetta Racing/ MWM||Jack Le Brocq||Nissan Altima||1:15.1433||0:00.3405|
|6||Wilson Security PAYCE GRM||Richard Muscat||Holden Commodore VF||1:15.1718||0:00.3690|
|7||Eggleston Motorsport||Paul Dumbrell||Holden Commodore VF||1:15.2196||0:00.4168|
|8||Dragon Motor Racing||Jack Perkins||Holden Commodore VF||1:15.2402||0:00.4374|
|9||PAYCE||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore VF||1:15.2901||0:00.4873|
|10||Wynns||Josh Kean||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:15.4411||0:00.6383|
|11||Eggleston Motorsport||William Brown||Holden Commodore VF||1:15.4697||0:00.6669|
|12||Wilson Security PAYCE GRM||Mason Barbera||Holden Commodore VF||1:15.5543||0:00.7515|
|13||Arcoplate Racing||Kurt Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||1:15.5767||0:00.7739|
|14||Auto One Racing||Adam Marjoram||Holden Commodore VF||1:15.5793||0:00.7765|
|15||Arcoplate Racing||Jake Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||1:15.6418||0:00.8390|
|16||Alliance Truck Parts||Andrew Jones||Holden Commodore VF||1:15.6587||0:00.8559|
|17||Middys Electrical / MWM||Bryce Fullwood||Nissan Altima||1:15.7214||0:00.9186|
|18||Falcon Spares & Repairs||Matthew Chahda||Holden Commodore VF||1:16.1302||0:01.3274|
|19||Team Caltex||Renee Gracie||Holden Commodore VF||1:16.3331||0:01.5303|
|20||Eggleston Motorsport||Nathan Morcom||Holden Commodore VF||1:16.3988||0:01.5960|
|21||Sherriff Electrical ABC Towing||Gerard McLeod||Ford Falcon FG||1:17.9253||0:03.1225|
|22||Sprint Cutting Racing||Brodie Kostecki||Ford Falcon FG||1:18.5287||0:03.7259|
|23||SCT Logistics||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore VF|