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