McBride’s late charge earns Carrera Cup pole

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Saturday 16th September, 2017 - 11:51am

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Nick McBride (right) and Sam Shahin with their pole awards

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

Pos No. Driver Team Class Time/Gap
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
11 13 Sam Shahin HTFU C +2.3612
12 4 Stephen Grove Grove Group C +2.5075
13 26 Michael Almond Copyworld P +2.5701
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
18 9 Marc Cini Hallmarc C +6.2461
19 131 Graham Williams WRA C +7.5675

 

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