Whincup on provisional pole for Race 16, Mostert 12th

Jamie Whincup

Jamie Whincup has provisionally qualified on pole position for Repco Supercars Championship Race 16 at the NTI Townsville 500 as Chaz Mostert missed the Top 10 Shootout again.

Whincup needed only one flyer to set the fastest lap of the 15-minute session, a 1:12.0197s, while Red Bull Ampol Racing team-mate Shane van Gisbergen ended up second at only 0.0058s slower.

With 10 drivers having contested the Shootout held on the day prior, tyre stock and thus run plans varied up and down pit lane.

Andre Heimgartner (#7 Ned Mustang) was fastest after the initial flyers with a 1:12.6520s before Nick Percat (#8 R&J Batteries ZB Commodore), one of those in Saturday’s one-lap dash, went quickest with a 1:12.4905s in the seventh minute.

Percat was quickly usurped by both of the Shell V-Power Racing Team drivers, Will Davison (#17 Mustang) fastest of those on a 1:12.3517s, before van Gisbergen (#97 ZB Commodore) clocked a 1:12.2109s on his first serious effort.

Tickford Racing’s Cameron Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang) subsequently set a 1:12.1645s and then Whincup (#88 ZB Commodore) a 1:12.0197s to be top two ahead of the final runs.

Van Gisbergen then crept up a spot with a 1:12.0255s while Waters ended up third having made no improvement on his last effort.

“Certainly happy, we made a little gain with the car, I got a clean lap in myself which I didn’t do yesterday,” said Whincup.

“I got a bit of a tow off James Courtney so we were pretty confident we weren’t going to go faster, so sat out the last run.”

Erebus Motorsport’s Will Brown (#9 Pedders ZB Commodore) is provisionally fourth on the grid after clocking a 1:12.2392s and Anton De Pasquale (#11 Shell V-Power Mustang) took fifth with a 1:12.2505s.

David Reynolds (#26 Penrite Mustang) bumped Mostert out of the top 10 after the chequered flag when he went up nine positions to sixth on a 1:12.2727s.

Percat relegated the 2014 Bathurst 1000 winner another position when he rescued a berth in the Shootout with a 1:12.3349s, climbing seven positions from 14th.

Rounding out the top 10 were Davison, who rubbed the wall at Turn 3 on his final run, from Todd Hazelwood (#14 Pizza Hut ZB Commodore) and Tim Slade (#3 CoolDrive Mustang).

Macauley Jones (#96 Coca-Cola ZB Commodore) was first on the outside thanks to the exploits of Percat, one of his team-mates at Brad Jones Racing, while Mostert is set to start 12th in the #25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online ZB Commodore after qualifying 17th the day prior.

The Top 10 Shootout is due to get underway at 12:05 local time/AEST.

Results: Qualifying for Race 16, NTI Townsville 500

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 1:12.0197  
2 97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1:12.0255 0:00.0058
3 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 1:12.1645 0:00.1448
4 9 Erebus Pedders Racing William Brown Holden Commodore ZB 1:12.2392 0:00.2195
5 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 1:12.2505 0:00.2308
6 26 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 1:12.2727 0:00.2530
7 8 R&J Batteries Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 1:12.3349 0:00.3152
8 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 1:12.3517 0:00.3320
9 14 Pizza Hut Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:12.3639 0:00.3442
10 3 CoolDrive Racing Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 1:12.3733 0:00.3536
11 96 Coca-Cola Racing Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 1:12.4282 0:00.4085
12 25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 1:12.4468 0:00.4271
13 2 Mobil 1 Middy’s Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:12.4560 0:00.4363
14 20 DEWALT Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 1:12.4630 0:00.4433
15 5 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Ford Mustang GT 1:12.5174 0:00.4977
16 99 Erebus Boost Mobile Racing Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 1:12.5635 0:00.5438
17 44 Boost Mobile Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 1:12.6329 0:00.6132
18 7 NED Whisky Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Mustang GT 1:12.6520 0:00.6323
19 35 Yellow Cover Racing Zane Goddard Holden Commodore ZB 1:12.6758 0:00.6561
20 34 UNIT Racing Jake Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 1:12.7274 0:00.7077
21 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 1:12.7277 0:00.7080
22 19 Local Legends Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore ZB 1:12.9784 0:00.9587
23 22 Team SYDNEY Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 1:13.0671 0:01.0474
24 4 SCT Logistics Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 1:13.2612 0:01.2415

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