McLaughlin takes pole as SVG, Winterbottom collide
Scott McLaughlin claimed the Armor All pole position for Race 14 in an eventful session that saw Mark Winterbottom and Shane van Gisbergen collide, sparking a post-session investigation at the Winton SuperSprint.
McLaughlin again showed his qualifying prowess to clinch the 40th pole of his Supercars career with a 1:19.02s effort to beat team-mate Fabian Coulthard, as Shell V-Power Racing completed a front row lock out.
“It’s nice, always like to have a good stat. Great for the team, Shell V-Power Racing another front row lock out,” said McLaughlin.
“Hopefully I don’t balls it up like yesterday and we can have a good race.”
Tensions rose at the start of the session after a collision between Tickford Racing’s Winterbottom and Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s van Gisbergen on the out lap.
Reports suggest that the pair made contact coming out of the sweeper which resulted in punctures for the pair, right rear for van Gisbergen and left rear for Winterbottom.
Both teams disputed who was at fault for the clash with Triple Eight team manager Mark Dutton calling for Winterbottom to be excluded from the session.
“Everyone was going out and Winterbottom drilled the car. I don’t know why they’re letting him do qualifying; should be excluded,” said Dutton.
“The tyre was flat, so therefore we don’t know if it’s damaged the toes.
“You get grid positions if you slightly hold up a car, so drilling a car on the out lap…”
However, Tickford Racing boss Tim Edwards said his driver felt van Gisbergen was to blame for the incident.
“Frosty just said on the radio that Gizzy ran into him…He said on the radio the steering was broken but it’s just a puncture.”
Saturday’s race winner Rick Kelly showed Nissan’s pace is genuine as he secured third on the grid alongside his team-mate Michael Caruso.
Chaz Mostert enjoyed a return to form to claim fifth ahead of Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing’s Scott Pye.
Van Gisbergen managed to salvage seventh with a last gasp flyer that saw him rise from 22nd spot.
The top 10 was completed by Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Holden Racing Team), Tim Slade (Brad Jones Racing) and Richie Stanaway, who continued his strong qualifying pace.
Winterbottom hauled his damaged car to 18th while Craig Lowndes will start a lowly 23rd.
David Reynolds suffered a steering problem which will see him start from last on the grid for Erebus Motorsport.
Race 14 (67 laps) is scheduled to start at 1345 local time/AEST.
Results: Armor All Qualifying for Race 14
|1||17||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:19.0200|
|2||12||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:19.1392||0:00.1192|
|3||15||Castrol Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:19.1974||0:00.1774|
|4||23||Drive Racing||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||1:19.3479||0:00.3279|
|5||55||Supercheap Auto Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:19.4886||0:00.4686|
|6||2||Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.4913||0:00.4713|
|7||97||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.5088||0:00.4888|
|8||1||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.5575||0:00.5375|
|9||14||Freightliner Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.5657||0:00.5457|
|10||56||MEGA Racing||Richie Stanaway||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:19.5662||0:00.5462|
|11||230||Milwaukee Racing||Will Davison||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:19.5706||0:00.5506|
|12||7||Plus Fitness Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Nissan Altima||1:19.6321||0:00.6121|
|13||25||Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing||James Courtney||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.6363||0:00.6163|
|14||6||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:19.6387||0:00.6187|
|15||8||Timken Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.6396||0:00.6196|
|16||19||Tekno Autosports||Jack Le Brocq||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.6404||0:00.6204|
|17||99||Erebus Motorsport||Anton De Pasquale||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.6682||0:00.6482|
|18||5||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:19.7153||0:00.6953|
|19||400||Preston Hire Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.7762||0:00.7562|
|20||21||Team Cooldrive||Tim Blanchard||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.7917||0:00.7717|
|21||78||Team Harvey Norman||Simona de Silvestro||Nissan Altima||1:19.8094||0:00.7894|
|22||33||Wilson Security Racing GRM||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore ZB||1:19.8356||0:00.8156|
|23||888||Autobarn Lowndes Racing||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.0349||0:01.0149|
|24||34||Wilson Security Racing GRM||James Golding||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.0910||0:01.0710|
|25||35||Bigmate Racing||Todd Hazelwood||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:20.1970||0:01.1770|
|26||9||Erebus Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore ZB||1:20.5702||0:01.5502|