Waters scores pole, Kostecki 10th in GC500 shootout
Saturday 28th October, 2023 - 2:41pm
Cam Waters has converted his provisional qualifying effort into pole for Race 25 at the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 while championship leader Brodie Kostecki failed to record a time.
Tickford Racing’s Waters will share the front row with fellow Ford driver Matt Payne, of Penrite Racing, while Shane van Gisbergen earned third on the grid in his #97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Camaro.
However, the man whom van Gisbergen is chasing for the Repco Supercars Championship title is set to start from 10th after picking up a kerb strike on his shootout lap.
Van Gisbergen’s 1:11.1544s was the target when Kostecki, who provisionally qualified third, was let loose on the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit.
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He set the fastest first sector of the session but then climbed over the top of the Turn 8 kerb at the Beach Chicane and pinged the sensor, meaning his attempt at pole was done.
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Rookie Payne was next out and, while he was slower than van Gisbergen to the first split, he made ground in the next two and ultimately wheeled the #19 Mustang to a 1:11.0551s.
Waters then stormed to a 1:10.9501s to keep the #6 Mustang on pole position, where it had sat after the morning’s 15-minute qualifying session.
Van Gisbergen, who set his time on a roaded left-front, will share Row 2 with the other Tickford entry in the shootout after Thomas Randle clocked a 1:11.3373s in the #55 Mustang.
David Reynolds (#26 Penrite Mustang) took fifth with a 1:11.3650s on roaded fronts and Chaz Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Optus Mustang) achieved sixth with a 1:11.5524s after just brushing the barriers in multiple spots.
Scott Pye (#20 Hino Camaro) had a big slide off the front chicane on his way to a 1:11.6461s and seventh all-told, with Andre Heimgartner eighth in the #8 R&J Batteries Camaro on a 1:11.8503s on roaded fronts.
Tim Slade (#23 Nulon Camaro) ended up ninth on a 1:12.3198s with moments at both chicanes, while Kostecki will start 10th given he has no shootout time to his name.
Race start is officially scheduled for 15:45 local time/16:45 AEDT.
Results: Top 10 Shootout for Race 25, Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500
|1||6||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||1:10.9501|
|2||19||Penrite Racing||Matthew Payne||Ford Mustang GT||1:11.0551||0:00.1050|
|3||97||Red Bull Ampol Racing||Shane van Gisbergen||Chev Camaro ZL1||1:11.1544||0:00.2043|
|4||55||Castrol Racing||Thomas Randle||Ford Mustang GT||1:11.3373||0:00.3872|
|5||26||Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Ford Mustang GT||1:11.3650||0:00.4149|
|6||25||Mobil 1 Optus Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Mustang GT||1:11.5524||0:00.6023|
|7||20||Hino Trucks||Scott Pye||Chev Camaro ZL1||1:11.6461||0:00.6960|
|8||8||R&J Batteries Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Chev Camaro ZL1||1:11.8503||0:00.9002|
|9||23||Nulon Racing||Tim Slade||Chev Camaro ZL1||1:12.3198||0:01.3697|
|10||99||Coca-Cola Racing by Erebus||Brodie Kostecki||Chev Camaro ZL1|
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