McBride’s late charge earns Carrera Cup pole
Nick McBride has secured pole for the Carrera Cup at Sandown with a late charge in drying conditions.
The session was run throughout on slick Michelin tyres, but with numerous wet patches around the circuit.
The session got off to a wild start with cars spinning on the out lap and Tag Heuer Carrera Challenge racer Graham Williams tagging the pit exit wall.
Another red flag towards the end of the session for the beached Porsche of Dylan O’Keeffe set up an exciting final 60 seconds as positions swapped around.
McBride started his final lap with around six seconds to run and it made all the difference as he took his first pole since the Grand Prix support event at Albert Park in March.
McBride will share the front row for the opening race with Jaxon Evans, with the second row filled by Andre Heimgartner and GT3 Cup Challenge series winner Jordan Love.
Championship leader David Wall will start seventh.
Sam Shahin led the way in the Tag Heuer Carrera Challenge.
The first of three races gets underway at 12:55pm local time.
VIDEO: McBride and Shahin speak after qualifying
QUALIFYING: Carrera Cup – Sandown
|1||77||Nick McBride||Sonic/Bob Jane T-Marts||P||1:11.2718|
|2||7||Jaxon Evans||Hungry Jacks||P||+0.2728|
|3||777||Andre Heimgartner||Bob Jane T-Marts/Money Now||P||+0.2822|
|4||79||Jordan Love||Sonic Motor Racing/Quintis||P||+0.3154|
|5||888||Alex Davison||President Limo Australia||P||+0.4416|
|6||23||Brenton Grove||Porsche Centre Melbourne||P||+0.7692|
|7||38||David Wall||PAYCE/Wilson Security||P||+1.0954|
|8||5||Cameron McConville||Repair Management Australia||P||+1.2258|
|9||136||James Abela||Horsley Park Gun Shop||P||+1.3574|
|10||88||Dylan O’Keeffe||APB Group/President Limo Australia||P||+1.6880|
|12||4||Stephen Grove||Grove Group||C||+2.5075|
|14||70||Tim Miles||Miles Advisory Partners||C||+2.5802|
|15||22||Dean Cook||Zonzo Racing||C||+3.1680|
|16||34||John Morriss||Motorsport Leasing/Race Ramps||C||+3.5984|
|17||33||Simon Ellingham||Peak Marketing||P||+4.0056|