Scott McLaughlin has celebrated the Polestar Volvo Racing team’s announcement of a title sponsorship deal by putting his S60 racer on pole position for the second and final race of this weekend’s Gold Coast 600.

The New Zealander pumped out a superb time of 1:11.0273 on his final flying lap to snatch top spot from reigning championship Jamie Whincup by 0.125 seconds; the result moved the popular youngster from fourth on the timesheets to top spot.

Whincup’s Red Bull Racing teammate Craig Lowndes will share Row 2 of the starting grid with yesterday’s pole- and race-winner, Shane van Gisbergen, in the TEKNO Holden.

Will Davison qualified an excellent fifth-fastest in his Erebus Motorsport AMG Mercedes, ahead of former teammate David Reynolds in the extensively rebuilt Bottle-O Racing Ford Falcon.

James Moffat was seventh-fastest in his Norton Nissan, ensuring all five manufacturers were represented on the first four rows of the grid. Tim Slade, Chaz Mostert – despite a wild crash at Turn 2 – and James Courtney rounded out the top ten.

Championship hopeful Mark Winterbottom once again had a poor qualifying session and will start from thirteenth place in his FPR Falcon, behind Garth Tander and Michael Caruso.

Today’s 300-kilometre race over 102 laps kicks off at 1:55pm local time (GMT +10).


2014 V8 Supercars Gold Coast 600 – Race 2 Qualifying Results:

Top-10 Shootout Team / Entry Result
1. Scott McLaughlin / Alexandre Premat Volvo Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM 1:11.0273
2. Jamie Whincup / Paul Dumbrell Holden Red Bull Racing Australia + 0.1250
3. Craig Lowndes / Steven Richards Holden Red Bull Racing Australia + 0.2449
4. Shane van Gisbergen / Jonathon Webb Holden Team TEKNO VIP Petfoods + 0.2741
5. Will Davison / Alex Davison AMG Erebus Motorsport V8 + 0.3922
6. David Reynolds / Dean Canto Ford The Bottle-O Racing Team + 0.4444
7. James Moffat / Taz Douglas Nissan Norton Hornets + 0.4959
8. Tim Slade / Tony D’Alberto Holden SuperCheap Auto Racing + 0.5019
9. Chaz Mostert / Paul Morris Ford Pepsi Max Crew Ford Performance Racing + 0.5329
10. James Courtney / Greg Murphy Holden Holden Racing Team + 0.5613
11. Garth Tander / Warren Luff Holden Holden Racing Team + 0.5689
12. Michael Caruso / Dean Fiore Nissan Norton Hornets + 0.5855
13. Mark Winterbottom / Steve Owen Ford Pepsi Max Crew Ford Performance Racing + 0.6028
14. Todd Kelly / Alex Buncombe Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing + 0.6656
15. Lee Holdsworth / Craig Baird AMG Erebus Motorsport V8 + 0.7468
16. Nick Percat / Oliver Gavin Holden HHA Racing + 0.7483
17. Fabian Coulthard / Luke Youlden Holden Lockwood Racing + 0.8139
18. Robert Dahlgren / Greg Ritter Volvo Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM + 0.8939
19. Jack Perkins / Cameron Waters Ford Team Jeld-Wen + 0.9061
20. Rick Kelly / David Russell Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing + 0.9271
21. Scott Pye / Ashley Walsh Ford Wilson Security Racing + 0.9677
22. David Wall / Steven Johnson Ford Wilson Security Racing + 1.0651
23. Russell Ingall / Tim Blanchard Holden Repair Management Australia Racing + 1.1345
24. Jason Bright / Andrew Jones Holden Team BOC + 1.2541
25. Dale Wood / Chris Pither Holden Team ADVAM / GB + 1.5148

Images via V8 Supercars Media

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