Nissan’s Michael Caruso scored his maiden pole position not just for himself, but for Nissan Motorsport in today’s qualifying session for the V8 Supercars’ support races at Albert Park. Caruso, who showed strong pace in the practice sessions leading up to qualifying, finished 0.2 seconds ahead of Shane Van Gisbergen in the VIP Petfoods Holden.
“This is my very first pole position and everyone is pretty happy and very proud,” Caruso said. “It’s something we need to enjoy for the moment and then concentrate on the racing which starts tomorrow.
“It’s a credit to everyone on the engineering group and we work hard together as a four-car team. It is also nice to have your boss (Todd Kelly), who I also race against, be the first person to come over and congratulate you,” he continued.
Volvo’s Scott McLaughlin continued his good performance from Adelaide and qualified in third position, although given the pace of the S60 he probably felt like pole was there for the taking.
Things weren’t so pretty when it came to Ford however, with the best placed Falcon of Chaz Mostert finishing 12th, six positions ahead of teammate and next best Ford Mark Winterbottom.
Having a good two practice sessions, Winterbottom admitted to poor setup choices as the reason for the poor qualifying performance. Also finding himself out of position was HRT’s James Courtney, who was 11 places behind teammate Garth Tander who qualified in tenth position.
Race one will get underway Friday at 11am while race two is at 2.25pm.
|Driver||Team / Entry||Result|
|1.||Michael Caruso||Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima||1:55.831|
|2.||Shane van Gisbergen||TEKNO VIP Petfoods / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.196|
|3.||Scott McLaughlin||Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60||+ 0.234|
|4.||Jamie Whincupo||Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.276|
|5.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima||+ 0.395|
|6.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.417|
|7.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.446|
|8.||James Moffat||Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima||+ 0.492|
|9.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.504|
|10.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.537|
|11.||Robert Dahlgren||Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60||+ 0.557|
|12.||Chaz Mostert||Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG||+ 0.586|
|13.||Will Davison||Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG||+ 0.670|
|14.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima||+ 0.694|
|15.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG||+ 0.750|
|16.||Nick Percat||Walkinshaw Racing/ Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.753|
|17.||Tim Slade||SuperCheap Auto Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.759|
|18.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG||+ 0.793|
|19.||Scott Pye||Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG||+ 0.839|
|20.||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Ford Falcon FG||+ 0.840|
|21.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.924|
|22.||Dale Wood||Team ADVAM / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.934|
|23.||Russell Ingall||Repair Management / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.989|
|24.||Jack Perkins||Jeld-Wen / Ford Falcon FG||+ 1.000|
|25.||Lee Holdsworth||Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG||+ 1.096|
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