McLaughlin scores pole for Race 26 on GC
Scott McLaughlin has qualified on Armor All Pole Position for the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 opener after provisional pole-sitter Shane van Gisbergen triggered a kerb hop.
The Shell V-Power Racing pilot put pressure on the three men who followed him by clocking a 1:10.3744s in the #17 FGX Falcon, 0.1454s faster than his best effort in the earlier 20-minute session.
David Reynolds (#9 Erebus Penrite ZB Commodore) was the next driver on track but was chasing the Kiwi through the first and second sectors before he broke into a small slide at the final sequence of corners and came up two tenths slower.
Jamie Whincup split them when he pipped Reynolds by just 0.0014s in the #1 Red Bull HRT ZB Commodore, despite not setting any of the fastest sectors.
Van Gisbergen was last man onto the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit in the sister #97 ZB Commodore but hopped at the Beach Chicane and will start in the fifth row of the grid alongside James Courtney (#25 Boost Mobile ZB Commodore), who committed the same offence having already missed the apex at the Turn 4 Hairpin.
The latter had provisionally qualified fifth, meaning he was the other major mover in the session, albeit in the wrong direction.
“Just pushed too much,” explained van Gisbergen.
“It’s a shame, the first sector I mucked up and was just trying to make it back.
“Makes it hard starting from 10th (but) we’ll have a good go. We’ll be alright.”
McLaughlin, on the other hand, qualified on pole for the 12th time this season and 45th in his career, and securing a second straight Armor All Pole Champion award and extra $10,000 in the process.
“Great for everyone at Shell V-Power Racing,” he said.
“We had two good cars today and I felt like we could have done it in Qualifying; just didn’t get the lap together.
“To do it in the Shootout is even better, it’s fantastic.
“Thanks Armor All, obviously it’s a great prize being on pole but we need to try and collect it in the race.
“Good start (to the day), I’m stoked and we’ll give it a good hard crack. Great for everyone at the team and we’ll just push on as a squad.”
Fabian Coulthard will start from the outside of the second row after he swiped both mirrors but appeared to not put any other marks on the #12 DJR Team Penske FGX Falcon.
Up to an including Coulthard, the session had progressed as predicted by provisional qualifying, with each driver faster than the previous.
Chaz Mostert (#55 Supercheap Auto FGX Falcon) and Michael Caruso (#23 Industrial Athlete Nissan Altima) start from Row 3, while the two cars behind both got away with contact.
Nick Percat bumped the wall at Turn 13 in the #8 Alliance Truck Parts ZB Commodore on his way to seventh, while Cameron Waters swiped the tyres exiting the Front Chicane as he qualified eighth in the #6 Monster Energy FGX Falcon.
Race 26 (102 laps) starts at 1425 local time/1525 AEDT.
Results: Armor All Top 10 Shootout
|1||17||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:10.3744|
|2||1||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||1:10.5831||0:00.2087|
|3||9||Erebus Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore ZB||1:10.5845||0:00.2101|
|4||12||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:10.7303||0:00.3559|
|5||55||Supercheap Auto Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:10.7851||0:00.4107|
|6||23||Drive Racing||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||1:10.8403||0:00.4659|
|7||8||Alliance Truck Parts Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||1:10.9715||0:00.5971|
|8||6||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:11.3938||0:01.0194|
|9||97||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB|
|10||25||Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing||James Courtney||Holden Commodore ZB|