Davison edges Reynolds to Race 7 pole position
Thursday 7th April, 2022 - 4:03pm
Shell V-Power Racing Team driver Will Davison has claimed pole position for Race 7 of the Beaurepaires Melbourne 400 in another enthralling qualifying session.
With it, Davison in the #17 Ford Mustang became the first driver this season to take more than one pole position after his earlier success at Symmons Plains only two weekends ago.
Penrite Racing ace David Reynolds backed up his pole position effort for Race 6, earning another front row start in the #26 Ford Mustang.
After qualifying last for Race 6, Red Bull Ampol Racing’s Shane van Gisbergen bounced back to qualify third for Race 7 ahead of team-mate Broc Feeney who made a similarly strong comeback with a last-ditch effort.
Davison’s stable-mate Anton De Pasquale rounded out the top five.
Initially, it was van Gisbergen (#97 Red Bull Ampol Racing) who set the pace on a 1:45.1751s. Davison’s first lap took him to second place, a tenth of a second away from the top time.
Reynolds continued his red-hot form of late, clocking the third quickest time with James Courtney (#500 Flex Power Tools) and Chaz Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Optus Racing) in tow.
After the first representative laps, Brodie Kostecki (#99 Boost Mobile), De Pasquale (#11 Shell V-Power Racing Team), Scott Pye (#20 Hino), Lee Holdsworth (#10 Penrite Racing), and Bryce Fullwood (#14 Middy’s Electrical Racing) occupied sixth through to 10th.
Todd Hazelwood (#35 Truck Assist Racing) bowled a wide at Turn 4 on his first flier, aborting his first flying lap.
Waters’ first flyer looked good for a pole position contending time, only for a big lock-up to scorch his left front tyre. As a result, he returned to the pit lane.
The Tickford Racing driver struggled throughout practice with recurring braking dramas, which have seemingly lingered from the preceding outing at Symmons Plains.
Waters wandered out onto the track on his own to set a representative lap time, his first lap taking him to eighth and just under half a second off session leader van Gisbergen.
With two minutes remaining, the second burst of flyers began.
There was drama with a minute and a half to go when Thomas Randle (#55 Castrol Racing) spun out of Turn 5.
Fortunately, he got moving again, notwithstanding a close shave with Pye who veered right to miss the stricken Randle.
At the death, Davison pipped van Gisbergen by 0.2333s to move his way to first.
“It’s high grip, so you have got to be committed but just the nature of the corners, if you just get in a bit loose, it really lets go, so you have got to be really accurate,” said Davison.
“So it was one of those ones, I sort of knew it was in the car and it was just knowing what I had to do to put it together.
“I was confident, I didn’t want to change the car much, I knew it was really up to me and I’m really happy with that.”
With his last effort, Reynolds fell just 0.0814s shy of Davison. That saw him rise from seventh to second at the session’s end.
Van Gisbergen opted not to press on with his last lap, returning to the pit lane and settling for third. Feeney was a late riser, surging 14 places from 18th to fourth.
De Pasquale wound up fifth followed by Kostecki, Courtney, Mostert, Nick Percat (#2 Mobil1 NTI Racing), and Hazelwood the top 10.
Waters fell just shy, ending up 11th ahead of Team 18 duo Pye and Mark Winterbottom.
Qualifying for Race 8 will kick off the Supercars action tomorrow at Albert Park, from 09:40 AEST.
Results: Qualifying for Race 7
|1||17||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Will Davison||Ford Mustang GT||1:44.9418|
|2||26||Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Ford Mustang GT||1:45.0232||+0.0814|
|3||97||Red Bull Ampol Racing||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden ZB Commodore||1:45.1751||+0.2333|
|4||88||Red Bull Ampol Racing||Broc Feeney||Holden ZB Commodore||1:45.2607||+0.3189|
|5||11||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Anton De Pasquale||Ford Mustang GT||1:45.2793||+0.3375|
|6||99||Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus||Brodie Kostecki||Holden ZB Commodore||1:45.3395||+0.3977|
|7||500||Flex Power Tools||James Courtney||Ford Mustang GT||1:45.3425||+0.4007|
|8||25||Mobil 1 Optus Racing||Chaz Mostert||Holden ZB Commodore||1:45.3603||+0.4185|
|9||2||Mobil 1 NTI Racing||Nick Percat||Holden ZB Commodore||1:45.6289||+0.6871|
|10||35||Truck Assist Racing||Todd Hazelwood||Holden ZB Commodore||1:45.6668||+0.7250|
|11||6||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||1:45.6690||+0.7272|
|12||20||Hino Racing||Scott Pye||Holden ZB Commodore||1:45.7324||+0.7906|
|13||18||Irwin Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Holden ZB Commodore||1:45.7562||+0.8144|
|14||34||Truck Assist Racing||Jack Le Brocq||Holden ZB Commodore||1:45.7613||+0.8195|
|15||10||Penrite Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Ford Mustang GT||1:45.8305||+0.8887|
|16||4||SCT Logistics Racing||Jack Smith||Holden ZB Commodore||1:45.8696||+0.9278|
|17||14||Middy’s Electrical Racing||Bryce Fullwood||Holden ZB Commodore||1:45.8989||+10.9571|
|18||8||R&J Batteries Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Holden ZB Commodore||1:45.9188||+0.9770|
|19||96||tools.com||Macauley Jones||Holden ZB Commodore||1:46.0345||+1.0927|
|20||3||CoolDrive Racing||Tim Slade||Ford Mustang GT||1:46.0531||+1.1113|
|21||76||PremiAir Subway Racing||Garry Jacobson||Holden ZB Commodore||1:46.1767||+1.2349|
|22||9||Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus||Will Brown||Holden ZB Commodore||1:46.1958||+1.2540|
|23||55||Castrol Racing||Thomas Randle||Ford Mustang GT||1:46.4788||+1.5370|
|24||22||PremiAir Coca-Cola Racing||Chris Pither||Holden ZB Commodore||1:46.6310||+1.6892|
|25||56||Tradie Racing||Jake Kostecki||Ford Mustang GT||–|