Chaz Mostert has given the Prodrive Racing team a clean sweep in qualifying in the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint round of the V8 Supercars Championship at Queensland Raceway.
Fresh from signing a further extension to his contract with the team – he will now race for them until the end of the 2019 season – Mostert clocked the fastest two lap times of the 20-minute qualifying session to notch up his eighth pole position of the season
The youngster clocked a 1:09.78 time, and improved it by a further 0.05 seconds on his next timed lap in the final minutes of the session
He finished up one-tenth clear of his championship-leading teammate and Saturday’s double race-winner Mark Winterbottom, who managed to jump Craig Lowndes for second place on his final timed lap.
Lowndes and Red Bull Racing teammate Jamie Whincup locked out the second row of the grid for Sunday’s 65-lap race, with neither driver managing to improve on their first timed laps.
David Reynolds, Jason Bright, Will Davison, James Moffat, Nick Percat and Michael Caruso completed the top 10.
Qualifying was a disappointment for a number of more fancied runners. Saturday podium-finisher Scott McLaughlin qualified thirteenth-fastest in his GRM Polestar Volvo, ahead of the Holden Racing Team pairing of Garth Tander and James Courtney.
Shane van Gisbergen had a disastrous run in his TEKNO Autosports Holden and will start from the penultimate row of the grid.
Sunday’s 65-lap Feature Race starts at 2:10pm local time (GMT +10).
|2015 V8 Supercars Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint – Race 20 Qualifying Top-10|
|Pos||Driver||Team / Entry||Time|
|1.||Chaz Mostert||Prodrive Racing Australia||1:09.7326|
|2.||Mark Winterbottom||Prodrive Racing Australia||+ 0.1035|
|3.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing / Triple 8||+ 0.1761|
|4.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing / Triple 8||+ 0.2831|
|5.||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team||+ 0.2968|
|6.||Jason Bright||Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.3508|
|7.||Will Davison||Erebus Motorsport V8||+ 0.3660|
|8.||James Moffat||Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.4138|
|9.||Nick Percat||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 0.4163|
|10.||Michael Caruso||Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.4632|
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