Scott McLaughlin and co-driver Alexandre Prémat will start from pole position for the second leg of the Castrol Gold Coast 600 and will be hopinng to bounce back from a disastrous Saturday race with victory in their Polestar GRM Volvo.

It was the thirteenth pole position of McLaughlin’s V8 Supercars Championship career, edging out the Craig Lowndes / Steven Richards #1 Red Bull Racing Holden by just 0.098 seconds.

McLaughlin and Prémat claimed their third front row start on the trot, and were hopeful of victory in Saturday’s 300-kilometre race until Prémat damaged the car’s front splitter with over-exuberant kerb-hopping, followed by a power steering failure when McLaughlin got behind the wheel.

Saturday’s race-winning combination of Shane van Gisbergen and Jonathon Webb will start from third place in their TEKNO Autosports Holden, while reigning champion Jamie Whincup and co-driver Paul Dumbrell were fourth-fastest in the second Red Bull Holden.

Championship leader Mark Winterbottom and DJR Team Penske youngster Scott Pye share an all-Ford third row, with Walkinshaw stablemates Garth Tander and Tim Slade locking out the fourth row in their Holdens. The team’s other cars of Lee Holdsworth and James Courtney were tenth- and eleventh-fastest, with the four-car outfit sandwiching David Reynolds’ Ford Falcon on the grid.

Chaz Mostert’s stand-in, Cameron Waters, once again struggled to extract one-lap pace from his #6 Prodrive Racing Ford, qualifying a lowly 23rd-fastest.

Race 27 will get underway at 2:30pm local time (GMT +10).


2015 V8 Supercars Castrol Gold Coast 600 – Race 27 Qualifying Results
Pos Driver / Co-Driver Team / Entry Time
1. Scott McLaughlin / Alexandre Premat Polestar GRM Volvo 1:10.7628
2. Craig Lowndes / Steven Richards Red Bull Racing / Triple 8 + 0.0998
3. Shane van Gisbergen / Jonathon Webb TEKNO Autosports + 0.1406
4. Jamie Whincup / Paul Dumbrell Red Bull Racing / Triple 8 + 0.1688
5. Mark Winterbottom / Steve Owen Prodrive Racing Australia + 0.2815
6. Scott Pye / Marcos Ambrose DJR Team Penske + 0.3167
7. Garth Tander / Warren Luff Holden Racing Team + 0.3280
8. Tim Slade / Tony D’Alberto Walkinshaw Performance + 0.3463
9. David Reynolds / Dean Canto The Bottle-O Racing Team + 0.4127
10. Lee Holdsworth / Sébastien Bourdais Walkinshaw Performance + 0.4590
11. James Courtney / Jack Perkins Holden Racing Team + 0.4854
12. James Moffat / Taz Douglas Nissan Motorsport + 0.5202
13. Jason Bright / Andrew Jones Brad Jones Racing + 0.5671
14. Rick Kelly / David Russell Nissan Motorsport + 0.6405
15. Nick Percat / Oliver Gavin Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 0.6583
16. Fabian Coulthard / Luke Youlden Brad Jones Racing + 0.7095
17. Will Davison / Alex Davison Erebus Motorsport V8 + 0.7283
18. Ash Walsh / Jack Le Brocq Erebus Motorsport V8 + 0.7645
19. Todd Kelly / Alex Buncombe Nissan Motorsport + 0.8495
20. David Wall / Chris Pither Polestar GRM Volvo + 0.9203
21. Andre Heimgartner / Ant Pedersen Super Black Racing + 0.9498
22. Tim Blanchard / Karl Reindler Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 0.9824
23. Cameron Waters / Russell Ingall Prodrive Racing Australia + 0.9947
24. Michael Caruso / Dean Fiore Nissan Motorsport + 1.0797
25. Dale Wood / Macauley Jones Brad Jones Racing + 1.1089

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