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McLaughlin, Heimgartner split Sunday poles at SMP

Daniel Herrero

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Sunday 19th July, 2020 - 11:28am

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Scott McLaughlin (top) and Andre Heimgartner (bottom)

Scott McLaughlin has qualified fastest for Supercars Championship Race 11 at Sydney Motorsport Park while Andre Heimgartner earned a maiden pole for Race 12.

McLaughlin managed to achieve third on the grid for his #17 Shell V-Power Mustang in the latter 10-minute session but the Red Bull Holden Racing Team entries of Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen are each buried in the field for the start of one of this afternoon’s two 32-lap races.

Van Gisbergen is, however, on the front row for Race 11 and Whincup for Race 12, with both having used soft tyres in one session and hards in the other.

Qualifying for Race 11

The first qualifying session of the day at the Truck Assist Sydney SuperSprint was effectively decided in the final two minutes of the session, after a handful completed exploratory runs on soft tyres early on and others started on hards.

McLaughlin took over the lead which each of the Team 18 drivers briefly held during the late flurry when he laid down a 1:28.5403s on new soft rubber, after which van Gisbergen (#97 ZB Commodore) fell just 0.0268s short on the same tyre strategy.

Percat was the lone Australian in the top five with a 1:28.9762s in his Brad Jones Racing entry, 0.4091s away from van Gisbergen but ahead of Heimgartner (#7 Ned Whisky Mustang) and Fabian Coulthard (#12 Shell V-Power Mustang).

Rounding out the top 10 were Chaz Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online ZB Commodore), Garry Jacobson (#35 Yellow Cover ZB Commodore), Rick Kelly (#15 Castrol Mustang), Cameron Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang), and Mark Winterbottom (#18 Irwin Tools ZB Commodore).

The latter’s team-mate, Scott Pye (#20 DeWalt ZB Commodore) ended up 11th having momentarily been fastest, while Whincup (#88 ZB Commodore) will start Race 11 all the way back on the inside of the 10th row.

The Triple Eight Race Engineering driver was first of the few who set their fastest lap on the hard compound but may not have made the best of the new boots given he incurred a kerb strike at Brock’s 05, then managed a 1:30.7876s with the chequered flag out.

Todd Hazelwood was an unrepresentative 1:58.2897s as he brought up the foot of the timesheet in the #14 Brut ZB Commodore.

Qualifying for Race 12

Heimgartner was fastest of the 10 drivers who ventured onto the circuit in the initial minutes of Qualifying for Race 12 with a 1:28.5816s on new soft tyres.

When the rest rolled out, McLaughlin came up 0.1930s shy on his only flyer having had his soft tyres from the preceding session swapped from side-to-side.

Whincup then closed to 0.1131s away from the lead Kelly Racing entry, which remained in the pits, with new soft compound tyres on Car #88.

“It was all strategic,” said Whincup.

“We elected to run the hard tyre on, give away a race in some way to have a better shot in Race 3 (of the event). We won’t know until the end of the weekend what was the best strategy.

“Scott’s obviously very quick. Having the fastest car is always the best strategy but with what we’ve got, we’ll see how we go.”

Winterbottom was a late mover to fourth, David Reynolds (#9 Penrite ZB Commodore) managed to make used soft tyres work for fifth on the grid, and Percat qualified sixth-fastest.

Seventh through ninth were Jack Le Brocq (#55 Supercheap Auto Mustang), Mostert, and Waters, while Rick Kelly saw to it that both of his team’s cars made the top 10 in both sessions.

Pye was 11th yet again, Hazelwood took 12th, and Coulthard was 13th on used soft tyres.

The four who set their fastest laps on the harder rubber brought up the rear, with Lee Holdsworth (#5 Truck Assist Mustang) 21st on a 1:30.5980s and van Gisbergen 22nd at another 0.0017s slower.

Race 11 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is scheduled to start at 12:25 local time/AEST.

Results: Qualifying for Race 11, Truck Assist Sydney SuperSprint

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Tyres Split
1 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Scott McLaughlin Ford Mustang GT 1:28.5403 S
2 97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1:28.5671 S 0:00.0268
3 8 Dunlop Super Dealer Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 1:28.9762 S 0:00.4359
4 7 NED Whisky Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Mustang GT 1:29.0099 S 0:00.4696
5 12 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fabian Coulthard Ford Mustang GT 1:29.1797 S 0:00.6394
6 25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.1907 S 0:00.6504
7 35 Yellow Cover Racing Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.3525 S 0:00.8122
8 15 Castrol Racing Rick Kelly Ford Mustang GT 1:29.3804 S 0:00.8401
9 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 1:29.5805 S 0:01.0402
10 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.7150 S 0:01.1747
11 20 DEWALT Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.7460 S 0:01.2057
12 55 Supercheap Auto Racing Jack Le Brocq Ford Mustang GT 1:29.7679 S 0:01.2276
13 4 SCT Motor Sports Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.7822 S 0:01.2419
14 9 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.8779 S 0:01.3376
15 44 Boost Mobile Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 1:29.9421 S 0:01.4018
16 34 UNIT Racing Zane Goddard Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.1427 S 0:01.6024
17 19 Local Legends Racing Alex Davison Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.2081 S 0:01.6678
18 22 Team SYDNEY Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.2213 S 0:01.6810
19 88 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.7876 H 0:02.2473
20 5 Truck Assist Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 1:31.0957 H 0:02.5554
21 3 Team CoolDrive Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 1:31.6129 H 0:03.0726
22 99 Penrite Racing Anton De Pasquale Holden Commodore ZB 1:32.6901 S 0:04.1498
23 2 Mobil 1 TM Middy’s Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:33.6885 H 0:05.1482
24 14 Brut Military Grade Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:58.2897 H 0:29.7494

Results: Qualifying for Race 12, Truck Assist Sydney SuperSprint

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Tyres Split
1 7 NED Whisky Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Mustang GT 1:28.5816 S
2 88 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 1:28.6947 S 0:00.1131
3 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Scott McLaughlin Ford Mustang GT 1:28.7746 S 0:00.1930
4 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 1:28.9420 S 0:00.3604
5 9 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.0057 S 0:00.4241
6 8 Dunlop Super Dealer Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.0138 S 0:00.4322
7 55 Supercheap Auto Racing Jack Le Brocq Ford Mustang GT 1:29.0381 S 0:00.4565
8 25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.0459 S 0:00.4643
9 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 1:29.0956 S 0:00.5140
10 15 Castrol Racing Rick Kelly Ford Mustang GT 1:29.2103 S 0:00.6287
11 20 DEWALT Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.2241 S 0:00.6425
12 14 Brut Military Grade Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.2369 S 0:00.6553
13 12 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fabian Coulthard Ford Mustang GT 1:29.2877 S 0:00.7061
14 35 Yellow Cover Racing Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.3226 S 0:00.7410
15 4 SCT Motor Sports Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.3721 S 0:00.7905
16 2 Mobil 1 TM Middy’s Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.4231 S 0:00.8415
17 34 UNIT Racing Zane Goddard Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.4705 S 0:00.8889
18 44 Boost Mobile Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 1:29.7014 S 0:01.1198
19 19 Local Legends Racing Alex Davison Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.9510 S 0:01.3694
20 22 Team SYDNEY Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.1426 S 0:01.5610
21 5 Truck Assist Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 1:30.5980 H 0:02.0164
22 97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.5997 H 0:02.0181
23 3 Team CoolDrive Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.8569 H 0:02.2753
24 99 Penrite Racing Anton De Pasquale Holden Commodore ZB 1:31.0173 H 0:02.4357

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