McLaughlin sweeps Hidden Valley poles
Scott McLaughlin has completed a sweep of the pole positions at the BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown by qualifying fastest for both Races 14 and 15 of the Supercars Championship.
The championship leader and Fabian Coulthard made for a Shell V-Power Racing Team lockout of the front row for the first of the afternoon’s 38-lap races at Hidden Valley Raceway, with Race 13 winner Anton De Pasquale putting the #99 Penrite ZB Commodore third on the grid for Race 14.
McLaughlin set a 1:06.3093s in the second 10-minute session of the day, which he topped by just over three tenths of a second, and will be joined at the head of the Race 15 grid by the Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s Jamie Whincup.
The latter’s team-mate, Shane van Gisbergen, is set to start just behind them in that encounter.
“It’s the first half of the payback for the guys,” said McLaughlin, who was classified 20th after incurring a penalty in Race 13.
“We’ve got a great front row lockout for Shell V-Power Racing in the first race and if we can get two wins or two good podium results today, it would be fantastic.
“I was kicking myself after yesterday; I was pretty disappointed last night going to bed but knew I had the time to repay.”
Qualifying for Race 14
Qualifying for Race 14 was effectively decided by single-lap runs at the end of the piece after 22 drivers had initially rolled out on the hard compound tyre.
Mark Winterbottom started his second run early and despite having traffic throughout his hot lap, his rivals all stepped aside and the four-time Hidden Valley race winner was able to drive the #18 Irwin Tools ZB Commodore to a 1:06.8958s.
The time stood as fastest only until the rest of the field started completing their soft tyre flyers, with McLaughlin (#17 Mustang) laying down a 1:06.4155s and Coulthard (#12 Mustang) breaking the beam just 0.0256s slower in the other DJR Team Penske entry.
De Pasquale was third-quickest with a 1:06.6764s despite using six of his soft tyres on his way to victory the day before, ahead of Whincup (#88 ZB Commodore) and Nick Percat (#8 R&J Batteries ZB Commodore).
Rounding out the top 10 were Andre Heimgartner (#7 Ned Mustang), van Gisbergen (#97 ZB Commodore), David Reynolds (#9 Penrite ZB Commodore), Winterbottom, and Chaz Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online ZB Commodore).
Of the other Race 13 podium finishers, Scott Pye (#20 DeWalt ZB Commodore) was 11th and James Courtney (#44 Boost Mobile Mustang) 12th.
Qualifying for Race 15
The second 10-minute session of the day had a slightly different rhythm, with only eight drivers venturing onto the circuit in the first six minutes.
Rick Kelly was fastest of those who went for early runs with a 1:06.8587s in the #15 Castrol Mustang on soft compound tyres.
When rest of the flyers came, all on soft tyres, McLaughlin and Whincup virtually matched each other to the first sector but 0.3265s separated them at the control line.
Van Gisbergen was another 0.1048s further back, a whisker quicker than Mostert.
Cameron Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang) and Coulthard will share the third row while Kelly ended up seventh having not gone out again.
The rest of the top 10 was De Pasquale, his team-mate Reynolds, and Percat.
Macauley Jones (#3 CoolDrive ZB Commodore) was 11th, Winterbottom 14th, Courtney 15th, and Pye 21st.
Race 14 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is scheduled to start at 13:20 local time/13:50 AEST.
Results: Qualifying for Race 14, BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown
|1||17||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Mustang GT||1:06.4155||S|
|2||12||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Mustang GT||1:06.4411||S||0:00.0256|
|3||99||Penrite Racing||Anton De Pasquale||Holden Commodore ZB||1:06.6764||S||0:00.2609|
|4||88||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||1:06.7154||S||0:00.2999|
|5||8||R&J Batteries||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||1:06.7284||S||0:00.3129|
|6||7||NED Whisky Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Mustang GT||1:06.7551||S||0:00.3396|
|7||97||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||1:06.8397||S||0:00.4242|
|8||9||Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore ZB||1:06.8623||S||0:00.4468|
|9||18||IRWIN Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Holden Commodore ZB||1:06.8958||S||0:00.4803|
|10||25||Mobil 1 Appliances Online||Chaz Mostert||Holden Commodore ZB||1:06.8973||S||0:00.4818|
|11||20||DEWALT Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||1:06.8999||S||0:00.4844|
|12||44||Boost Mobile Racing||James Courtney||Ford Mustang GT||1:06.9040||S||0:00.4885|
|13||6||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||1:06.9244||S||0:00.5089|
|14||15||Castrol Racing||Rick Kelly||Ford Mustang GT||1:06.9946||S||0:00.5791|
|15||55||Supercheap Auto Racing||Jack Le Brocq||Ford Mustang GT||1:07.0341||S||0:00.6186|
|16||3||Team CoolDrive||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore ZB||1:07.1056||S||0:00.6901|
|17||5||Truck Assist Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Ford Mustang GT||1:07.1414||S||0:00.7259|
|18||19||Local Legends Racing||Alex Davison||Holden Commodore ZB||1:07.2128||S||0:00.7973|
|19||22||Team SYDNEY||Chris Pither||Holden Commodore ZB||1:07.2656||S||0:00.8501|
|20||34||UNIT Racing||Jake Kostecki||Holden Commodore ZB||1:07.3060||S||0:00.8905|
|21||14||Brut Military Grade||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:07.3245||S||0:00.9090|
|22||35||Yellow Cover Racing||Garry Jacobson||Holden Commodore ZB||1:07.3677||S||0:00.9522|
|23||2||Mobil 1 TM Middy’s Racing||Bryce Fullwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:07.4731||S||0:01.0576|
|24||4||SCT Motor Sports||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore ZB||1:07.7417||S||0:01.3262|
Results: Qualifying for Race 15, BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown
|1||17||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Mustang GT||1:06.3093||S|
|2||88||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||1:06.6358||S||0:00.3265|
|3||97||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||1:06.7406||S||0:00.4313|
|4||25||Mobil 1 Appliances Online||Chaz Mostert||Holden Commodore ZB||1:06.7543||S||0:00.4450|
|5||6||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||1:06.7763||S||0:00.4670|
|6||12||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Mustang GT||1:06.8545||S||0:00.5452|
|7||15||Castrol Racing||Rick Kelly||Ford Mustang GT||1:06.8587||S||0:00.5494|
|8||99||Penrite Racing||Anton De Pasquale||Holden Commodore ZB||1:06.8915||S||0:00.5822|
|9||9||Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore ZB||1:06.9218||S||0:00.6125|
|10||8||R&J Batteries||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||1:06.9296||S||0:00.6203|
|11||3||Team CoolDrive||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore ZB||1:06.9891||S||0:00.6798|
|12||55||Supercheap Auto Racing||Jack Le Brocq||Ford Mustang GT||1:06.9925||S||0:00.6832|
|13||5||Truck Assist Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Ford Mustang GT||1:06.9997||S||0:00.6904|
|14||18||IRWIN Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Holden Commodore ZB||1:07.0079||S||0:00.6986|
|15||44||Boost Mobile Racing||James Courtney||Ford Mustang GT||1:07.1972||S||0:00.8879|
|16||35||Yellow Cover Racing||Garry Jacobson||Holden Commodore ZB||1:07.2415||S||0:00.9322|
|17||34||UNIT Racing||Jake Kostecki||Holden Commodore ZB||1:07.2837||S||0:00.9744|
|18||7||NED Whisky Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Mustang GT||1:07.3294||S||0:01.0201|
|19||19||Local Legends Racing||Alex Davison||Holden Commodore ZB||1:07.3329||S||0:01.0236|
|20||4||SCT Motor Sports||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore ZB||1:07.4584||S||0:01.1491|
|21||20||DEWALT Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||1:07.4656||S||0:01.1563|
|22||2||Mobil 1 TM Middy’s Racing||Bryce Fullwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:07.4664||S||0:01.1571|
|23||22||Team SYDNEY||Chris Pither||Holden Commodore ZB||1:07.5045||S||0:01.1952|
|24||14||Brut Military Grade||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:07.7436||S||0:01.4343|