Shane van Gisbergen has scored back-to-back pole positions in the wake of his Bathurst 1000 effort a fortnight ago, with the Kiwi putting he and co-driver Jonathon Webb in prime position for the first of this weekend’s two races at the Gold Coast 600.
The Kiwi – renowned as a street circuit specialist – was fourth-fastest in preliminary qualifying and then pulled together the perfect lap in the one-lap Top 10 Shootout to knock Tim Slade’s SuperCheap Racing Holden from top spot.
Neither of the Red Bull Racing Holdens of Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes were able to better van Gisbergen’s effort. Whincup twice slapped the wall with power-down oversteer, while Lowndes’ time was waved off after he exceeded the track limits at the first chicane.
That left provisional pole-sitter Scott McLaughlin as the sole man who could topple van Gisbergen, but the Volvo driver was unable to do so, ultimately losing too much time in the first sector – he clawed his way back to be just 0.07 seconds behind by the end of his lap.
David Reynolds, Lee Holdsworth, Nick Percat and Michael Caruso complete the Shootout field, claiming grid positions six to nine – Holdsworth was subsequently demoted two grid spots for impeding Bathurst winner Chaz Mostert in the first qualifying session.
The factory FPR cars had a double disaster, with Mostert’s teammate Mark Winterbottom failing to make the Shootout, qualifying eleventh-fastest. ‘Frosty’ compounded his misfortunes by sliding down the Turn 11 escape road on his final flying lap, ensuring he wouldn’t proceed to the Shootout session. Mostert also had to pit for a new front spoiler after misjudging the beachfront chicane.
Regular frontrunner James Courtney also had a poor session in the #2 HRT Commodore, qualifying fourteenth-fastest after tagging the concrete barriers.
Such were the struggles of Swedish import Robert Dahlgren, the Polestar GRM team took the decision to install co-driver Greg Ritter in the cockpit for the preliminary qualifying session. The veteran qualified 18th-fastest – the third-best result for the #34 car this year – and some three grid positions better than Dahlgren’s average grid effort this season to-date.
Today’s 300-kilometre race over 102 laps kicks off at 2:40pm local time (GMT +10).
2014 V8 Supercars Gold Coast 600 – Race 1 Qualifying Results:
|Top-10 Shootout||Team / Entry||Result|
|1.||Shane van Gisbergen / Jonathon Webb||Team TEKNO VIP Petfoods||1:11.3242|
|2.||Scott McLaughlin / Alexandre Premat||Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM||+ 0.0753|
|3.||Tim Slade / Tony D’Alberto||SuperCheap Auto Racing||+ 0.1984|
|4.||Garth Tander / Warren Luff||Holden Racing Team||+ 0.2081|
|5.||Jamie Whincup / Paul Dumbrell||Red Bull Racing Australia||+ 0.3321|
|6.||David Reynolds / Dean Canto||The Bottle-O Racing Team||+ 0.4220|
|7.||Lee Holdsworth / Craig Baird^||Erebus Motorsport V8||+ 0.7580|
|8.||Nick Percat / Oliver Gavin||HHA Racing||+ 0.9420|
|9.||Michael Caruso / Dean Fiore||Norton Hornets||+ 1.2995|
|10.||Craig Lowndes / Steven Richards||Red Bull Racing Australia||no time|
|Top-10 Shootout Cut-Off – 1:11.3365||Team / Entry||Result*|
|11.||Mark Winterbottom / Steve Owen||Pepsi Max Crew Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.5045|
|12.||Rick Kelly / David Russell||Jack Daniel’s Racing||+ 0.5050|
|13.||Fabian Coulthard / Luke Youlden||Lockwood Racing||+ 0.5413|
|14.||James Courtney / Greg Murphy||Holden Racing Team||+ 0.5699|
|15.||David Wall / Steven Johnson||Wilson Security Racing||+ 0.5851|
|16.||James Moffat / Taz Douglas||Norton Hornets||+ 0.6523|
|17.||Will Davison / Alex Davison||Erebus Motorsport V8||+ 0.7648|
|18.||Robert Dahlgren / Greg Ritter||Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM||+ 0.7680|
|19.||Chaz Mostert / Paul Morris||Pepsi Max Crew Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.8253|
|20.||Todd Kelly / Alex Buncombe||Jack Daniel’s Racing||+ 0.9672|
|21.||Jack Perkins / Cameron Waters||Team Jeld-Wen||+ 1.0038|
|22.||Scott Pye / Ashley Walsh||Wilson Security Racing||+ 1.0170|
|23.||Dale Wood / Chris Pither||Team ADVAM / GB||+ 1.1460|
|24.||Jason Bright / Andrew Jones||Team BOC||+ 1.1782|
|25.||Russell Ingall / Tim Blanchard||Repair Management Australia Racing||+ 1.3266|
* Denotes gap to fastest preliminary qualifying time of 1:10.8672 by Scott McLaughlin
^ Two-place grid penalty imposed for impeding Chaz Mostert during preliminary qualifying
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