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
|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
|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|