Waters takes The Bend Supercars pole double

Cameron Waters

Tickford Racing’s Cameron Waters has qualified on pole position for both of today’s Repco Supercars Championship races at The Bend.

Waters and Thomas Randle delivered Tickford a front row lockout in Qualifying for Race 22 at the OTR SuperSprint before the man in the #6 Monster Energy Mustang pipped the Shell V-Power Racing Team’s Anton De Pasquale by 0.0388s in the latter session of the morning.

Championship leader Shane van Gisbergen achieved third on the grid for both 24-lap encounters in his Red Bull Ampol Racing entry, while Race 21 runner-up Will Davison (#17 Shell V-Power Mustang) only qualified 23rd for Race 22 and 10th for Race 23.

The results make for a Tickford sweep of poles at The Bend after wildcard Zak Best did the job on the day prior.

He put the #78 Mustang 16th on the grid for Race 22 and seventh for Race 23.

Drivers ran on mixed sets of soft tyres in terms of batches, after controversy on the day prior over the rubber issued to the two wildcard entries.

Qualifying for Race 22

It was once again a cold, cloudy Tailem Bend which greeted drivers for Qualifying for Race 22.

Van Gisbergen (#97 ZB Commodore) set the fastest first flyer, a 1:48.7766s, with De Pasquale (#11 Mustang) second at the halfway point on a 1:48.8356s and Randle (#55 Castrol Mustang) also within a tenth of the benchmark.

After the chequered flag came out, James Courtney (#5 Snowy River Caravans Mustang) jumped to the top on a 1:48.6760s before he was usurped by team-mate Waters on a 1:48.3481s.

Van Gisbergen rebounded to second with a 1:48.5809s but was bumped back to Row 2 when Randle broke the beam in a time of 1:48.4252s to give Tickford a lockout at the front of the field.

Courtney ended up fourth and De Pasquale fifth, the latter having failed to improve relative to his first run, while Chaz Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Optus ZB Commodore) took sixth on a 1:48.9550s.

Rounding out the top 10 were Broc Feeney (#88 Red Bull Ampol ZB Commodore), Mark Winterbottom (#18 Irwin Tools ZB Commodore), Bryce Fullwood (#14 Middy’s ZB Commodore), and Lee Holdsworth (#10 Penrite Mustang) at 0.7857s off the pace.

Best qualified 16th on a 1:49.3029s while Davison ended up all the way back in 23rd at 1.4004s away from pole position on a 1:49.7485s.

Qualifying for Race 23

The pace was up in the second 10-minute stanza of the morning, with Waters immediately punching out a 1:48.3372s.

De Pasquale was second on a 1:48.3760s and van Gisbergen third on a 1:48.4287s, with Courtney fourth and Best fifth at 0.2889s off the pace despite a near-crash when he dropped a wheel onto the dirt exiting the final corner on his first flyer.

Feeney moved up three spots to fourth on a 1:48.5082s with the chequered flag out, while neither Waters nor De Pasquale managed to go faster on their second runs, and van Gisbergen did not go again at all.

That was thus the top four, with Courtney settling in fifth and Will Brown (#9 Boost Mobile ZB Commodore) taking sixth on a 1:48.6117s.

Best’s first lap was good enough for seventh all-told, from Randle, and Mostert.

Davison reportedly flat-spotted a tyre in the previous session and had a relative dearth of new rubber for Qualifying for Race 23, in which he went as quick as a 1:48.7829s to take 10th.

Race 22 of the 2022 Supercars Championship is scheduled to start at 12:30 local time/13:00 AEST.

Results: Qualifying for Race 22, OTR SuperSprint

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 1:48.3481
2 55 Castrol Racing Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 1:48.4252 0:00.0771
3 97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1:48.5809 0:00.2328
4 5 Snowy River Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 1:48.6760 0:00.3279
5 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 1:48.8356 0:00.4875
6 25 Mobil 1 Optus Racing Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 1:48.9550 0:00.6069
7 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Broc Feeney Holden Commodore ZB 1:48.9619 0:00.6138
8 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.0441 0:00.6960
9 14 Middy’s Electrical Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.0864 0:00.7383
10 10 Penrite Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 1:49.1338 0:00.7857
11 9 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus William Brown Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.1444 0:00.7963
12 8 R&J Batteries Racing Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.1635 0:00.8154
13 26 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 1:49.1872 0:00.8391
14 2 Mobil 1 NTI Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.2115 0:00.8634
15 99 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.2290 0:00.8809
16 78 Best Leisure Industries Zak Best Ford Mustang GT 1:49.3029 0:00.9548
17 22 PremiAir Coca Cola Racing Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.4090 0:01.0609
18 49 Joss & Dynamic Jordan Boys Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.4249 0:01.0768
19 31 Subway PremiAir Racing James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.4548 0:01.1067
20 34 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.4633 0:01.1152
21 20 Nulon Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.5275 0:01.1794
22 35 Truck Assist Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.6132 0:01.2651
23 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 1:49.7485 0:01.4004
24 56 Tradie Racing Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT 1:49.7782 0:01.4301
25 96 TRG Transport Solutions Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.8751 0:01.5270
26 4 SCT Logistics Racing Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 1:50.0577 0:01.7096
27 3 CoolDrive Auto Parts Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 1:50.1525 0:01.8044

Results: Qualifying for Race 23, OTR SuperSprint

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 1:48.3372
2 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 1:48.3760 0:00.0388
3 97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1:48.4287 0:00.0915
4 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Broc Feeney Holden Commodore ZB 1:48.5082 0:00.1710
5 5 Snowy River Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 1:48.5917 0:00.2545
6 9 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus William Brown Holden Commodore ZB 1:48.6117 0:00.2745
7 78 Best Leisure Industries Zak Best Ford Mustang GT 1:48.6261 0:00.2889
8 55 Castrol Racing Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 1:48.6389 0:00.3017
9 25 Mobil 1 Optus Racing Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 1:48.6708 0:00.3336
10 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 1:48.7829 0:00.4457
11 14 Middy’s Electrical Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:48.8840 0:00.5468
12 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 1:48.9219 0:00.5847
13 8 R&J Batteries Racing Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore ZB 1:48.9255 0:00.5883
14 10 Penrite Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 1:48.9742 0:00.6370
15 99 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.0010 0:00.6638
16 31 Subway PremiAir Racing James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.0750 0:00.7378
17 2 Mobil 1 NTI Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.0819 0:00.7447
18 34 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.1510 0:00.8138
19 56 Tradie Racing Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT 1:49.1964 0:00.8592
20 35 Truck Assist Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.2062 0:00.8690
21 49 Joss & Dynamic Jordan Boys Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.2148 0:00.8776
22 20 Nulon Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.2380 0:00.9008
23 4 SCT Logistics Racing Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.4672 0:01.1300
24 96 TRG Transport Solutions Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.4897 0:01.1525
25 22 PremiAir Coca Cola Racing Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 1:49.5083 0:01.1711
26 3 CoolDrive Auto Parts Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 1:49.5748 0:01.2376
27 26 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 1:49.8284 0:01.4912

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