McLaughlin fastest in qualifying as Whincup misses shootout

Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin has provisionally qualified on Armor All Pole Position for Race 2 in Adelaide as Jamie Whincup missed the top 10 and Shane van Gisbergen barely made it.

Chaz Mostert, Cameron Waters, and Nick Percat finished within 0.1073s of McLaughlin, while 0.0133s was the difference between van Gisbergen making the Top 10 Shootout or not.

His Red Bull Holden team-mate Whincup, on the other hand, qualified only 12th while Mark Winterbottom did not set a team after power steering problems in the Irwin Racing ZB Commodore.

McLaughlin, Mostert, David Reynolds, and Whincup sat first through fourth with five minutes remaining, with most having opted for single flyer on each of their first two runs but Reynolds doubling up on both occasions.

A slightly off-sequence Waters then jumped from 10th to second in the Monster Energy Mustang, less than a tenth slower than McLaughlin, on his third run, and Anton De Pasquale took up third.

McLaughlin moved the mark from 1:19.7101s to 1:19.4625s in his final run in the #17 Shell V-Power Mustang, which was just enough to stay ahead of Mostert when the Supercheap Auto Mustang crossed the stripe seconds later.

“The guys built a great car. They built a car that’s very similar to the last one I just had, just has a few less stickers on the door,” said McLaiughlin.

“I’m comfortable. I’m still battling a little bit under brakes, I lock the rears a fair bit in that run. I think Whincup and a few others in front of me did as well.

“I think it’s the same issue for everyone but it’s nice to be a little bit cool today.”

Waters found more time to rebound from eighth to third after the chequered flag, putting him ahead of South Australian native Percat (National Pharmacies ZB Commodore).

Fabian Coulthard provisionally put the second DJR Team Penske Mustang provisionally fifth and was cleared of wrongdoing after officials looked at possible impeding of Mostert at Turn 12.

Reynolds found enough time to finish sixth fastest, one position ahead of the other Penrite Racing ZB Commodore of Anton De Pasquale.

Will Davison made a second Shootout in as many days for Milwaukee Racing in eighth in the #23 Mustang, while 2017 Dunlop Super2 Series winner Todd Hazelwood and his Matt Stone Racing team will start in a Shootout for the first time, in the #35 ZB Commodore.

“That’s awesome the car was just mega then; the Unit Commodore’s just on fire this weekend,” said Hazelwood, another local.

“Made a little tune-up overnight, was fast in the race in the race as well. Great reward for everyone.

“These guys were here at 4am this morning trying to sort out everything. Absolutely stoked, to do this in front of the home crowd is really special.”

Van Gisbergen was off the pace but found enough to put the #97 ZB Commodore 10th, knocking Tim Slade (Freightliner Racing ZB Commodore) out of the one-lap dash at his home track.

Whincup admitted to an error on his best lap which saw him rise only to 12th in his ZB Commodore.

Rick Kelly was fastest Nissan Altima driver in 16th for Castrol Racing while Macauley Jones returned in the repaired CoolDrive ZB Commodore and will start 20th.

That is because of a three-position grid penalty for James Golding, who was 18th fastest in his Boost Mobile ZB Commodore but pinged for impeding James Courtney (Mobil 1 Mega Racing ZB Commodore).

The Armor All Top 10 Shootout which sets the grid for Race 2 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship starts at 1245 local time/1315 AEDT.

Results: Armor All Qualifying for Race 2

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Scott McLaughlin Ford Mustang GT 1:19.4625
2 55 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Mustang GT 1:19.5528 0:00.0903
3 6 Monster Energy Racing Team Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 1:19.5593 0:00.0968
4 8 Team National Pharmacies Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 1:19.5698 0:00.1073
5 12 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fabian Coulthard Ford Mustang GT 1:19.6117 0:00.1492
6 9 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore ZB 1:19.6523 0:00.1898
7 99 Penrite Racing Anton De Pasquale Holden Commodore ZB 1:19.7126 0:00.2501
8 23 Milwaukee Racing Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 1:19.7404 0:00.2779
9 35 Unit Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:19.7426 0:00.2801
10 97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1:19.8242 0:00.3617
11 14 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore ZB 1:19.8375 0:00.3750
12 88 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 1:19.8657 0:00.4032
13 2 Mobil 1 MEGA Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 1:19.9071 0:00.4446
14 5 The Bottle-O Racing Team Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 1:19.9396 0:00.4771
15 22 Mobil 1 MEGA Racing James Courtney Holden Commodore ZB 1:20.0383 0:00.5758
16 15 Castrol Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:20.0560 0:00.5935
17 7 Plus Fitness Racing Andre Heimgartner Nissan Altima 1:20.0590 0:00.5965
18 34 Boost Mobile Racing James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 1:20.0918 0:00.6293
19 33 Boost Mobile Racing Richie Stanaway Holden Commodore ZB 1:20.2610 0:00.7985
20 78 Team Harvey Norman Simona De Silvestro Nissan Altima 1:20.4951 0:01.0326
21 21 Team CoolDrive Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 1:20.5575 0:01.0950
22 19 Team TEKNO Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 1:20.7414 0:01.2789
23 3 Racing Garry Jacobson Nissan Altima 1:20.8243 0:01.3618
18 Irwin Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB

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