Scott McLaughlin will start today’s 200-kilometre V8 Supercars race at Sydney Motorsport Park from pole position, after edging out David Reynolds in qualifying.
On a damp-but-drying circuit, Mclaughlin and his Volvo crew played a blinder by running a two-lap stint right at the end on fresh rubber. With a little extra tyre temperature the Kiwi was able to storm to the top right at the end, a 1m30.166s giving him his second pole of the season.
“That’s so cool,” McLaughlin said.
“I didn’t expect that today. Wet or dry, I’m looking froward to [the race].”
McLaughlin’s late lap was bad news for Reynolds, who had gone fastest with 90 seconds to go. But just when it looked like he was going to take pole, he was pipped by just 0.01s.
Reynolds’ Prodrive team-mate Chaz Mostert qualified third, and will share the second row with Shane van Gisbergen.
Scott Pye will start from fifth, while Lee Holdsworth’s promising weekend continues with a third row start for today’s feature race.
Yesterday’s race winner Jamie Whincup could manage just eighth, while his team-mate and title contender Craig Lowndes was well off the pace, qualifying 19th.
Points leader Mark Winterbottom had a tough session as well, only 12th fastest in the Pepsi Max-backed Prodrive Falcon.