Scott McLaughlin has scored the first pole position of his V8 Supercars career – and Volvo’s first in its return to Australian touring car racing – in qualifying for today’s 200-kilometre feature race at Winton Raceway.

Amazingly, this was the talented youngster’s first ever pole position in his Australian touring car career. Despite winning the 2012 Dunlop V8 feeder series championship, McLaughlin had never once stuck his car on pole position.

“I have been trying to do for about four years, in the Dunlop series and here. To do it in the V8 Supercars main game is a special thing,” he beamed after this morning’s qualifying session.

“But I couldn’t do it without these guys and to get the first pole for Volvo is a special thing.”

The New Zealand drivers once again dominated qualifying, with McLaughlin and his compatriots, Shane van Gisbergen and Race 1 winner Fabian Coulthard, claiming a Kiwi 1-2-3 on the grid. The trio was covered by just seven-hundredths of a second on the stopwatch.

Despite the solid pace he has shown all weekend, McLaughlin hasn’t been able to convert this into results around the low-speed Victorian circuit this weekend. He retired from yesterday’s opening race with an engine failure, while Race 2 saw him have to pit from the lead with electrical issues.

Behind the top three came Mark Winterbottom, Craig Lowndes and James Courtney, with Rick Kelly the best of the Nissan runners in seventh. The Walkinshaw Holdens of Tim Slade and Nick Percat were next up, with Race 1 podium finisher Dale Wood completing the top ten.

Defending series champion Jamie Whincup had another poor qualifying session by his own standards, managing no better than the thirteenth-fastest time in his Red Bull Racing Holden. Garth Tander also qualified well down the field in his HRT Holden.

Surprisingly off the pace were the Erebus AMG Mercedes’ of Will Davison (20th) and Race 2 winner Lee Holdsworth (22nd), who sandwiched Robert Dahlgren’s Volvo S60.

Today’s 200-kilometre race kicks off at 3:30pm local time (GMT +10).


2014 V8 Supercars Winton 400 – Race 3 Qualifying:

Driver Team / Entry Result
1. Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo 1:21.509
2. Shane van Gisbergen TEKNO VIP Petfoods / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.061
3. Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.078
4. Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.127
5. Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.153
6. James Courtney Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.221
7. Rick Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.250
8. Tim Slade SuperCheap Auto Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.328
9. Nick Percat Walkinshaw Racing/ Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.337
10. Dale Wood Team ADVAM / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.379
11. David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.398
12. Jason Bright Team BOC / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.413
13. Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.455
14. Michael Caruso Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.475
15. Chaz Mostert Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.491
16. Russell Ingall Repair Management / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.517
17. James Moffat Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.525
18. Garth Tander Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.557
19. Scott Pye Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.593
20. Will Davison Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 0.640
21. Robert Dahlgren Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 0.725
22. Lee Holdsworth Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 0.816
23. Todd Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 0.825
24. Jack Perkins Jeld-Wen / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.856
25. David Wall Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.856

Image via V8 Supercars Championship

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