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Clipsal 500 Supercars: Van Gisbergen beats Penskes to pole

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Clipsal 500 Supercars: Van Gisbergen beats Penskes to pole
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Mar 5, 2017, 2:23 AM

Shane van Gisbergen has secured another pole position in Adelaide, beating the DJR Team Penske Fords in the Top 10 Shootout.

Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Fabian Coulthard, Team Penske Ford
Scott McLaughlin, Team Penske Ford
Chaz Mostert, Rod Nash Racing Ford
James Courtney, Holden Racing Team
Nick Percat, Brad Jones Racing Holden
Cameron Waters, Prodrive Racing Australia Ford
Garth Tander, Garry Rogers Motorsport
Tim Slade, Brad Jones Racing Holden

The two DJR Team Penske entries laid down the gauntlet with a pair of 1m19s laps, Fabian Coulthard once again besting new signing Scott McLaughlin.

But they were both beaten to pole by van Gisbergen, The Red Bull Holden driver storming to two-tenths up at Sector 2 before ultimately edging P1 by 0.02s after nudging the wall in the last sector.

“That was pretty exciting,” he said. “The Fords put the pressure on, they’ve been fast all week. It was a pretty messy lap in the last sector, but I had a good gain from the start. I’m so stoked, we’re in a position for a good result again this afternoon.”

While it was good news for one Triple Eight car, it was bad news for the other. Having been second in regular qualifying, Jamie Whincup’s Shootout lap barely lasted a corner after he was pinged for a kerb strike at Turn 1.

That meant his lap didn’t count, and he’ll start today’s race from 10th on the grid.

“Frustrating,” he said. “We’ve improved the car heaps today. I didn’t need that, I’m pretty pissed off with myself. We’ll see if we can make up some spots in the race.”

Chaz Mostert (Prodrive Ford) will start on the outside of the second row next to McLaughlin, with James Courtney (HSV Racing Commodore) and Nick Percat (Brad Jones Racing Commodore) locking out the third row.

Cam Waters (Prodrive Ford) and Garth Tander (GRM Commodore) both moved up a couple of spots with the seventh and eighth best times.

Tim Slade (Brad Jones Racing) dropped a spot, slipping from eighth in qualifying to ninth after the Shootout thanks to a trip down the escape road at Turn 4.

ClaDriverCarLapsTimeGap
1 97 new_zealand  Shane van Gisbergen  Holden Commodore VF 1 1'19.7545  
2 12 new_zealand  Fabian Coulthard  Ford Falcon FG-X 1 1'19.7816 0.0271
3 17 new_zealand  Scott McLaughlin  Ford Falcon FG-X 1 1'19.8851 0.1306
4 55 australia  Chaz Mostert  Ford Falcon FG-X 1 1'20.2236 0.4691
5 22 australia  James Courtney  Holden Commodore VF 1 1'20.2574 0.5029
6 8 australia  Nick Percat  Holden Commodore VF 1 1'20.4137 0.6592
7 6 australia  Cameron Waters  Ford Falcon FG-X 1 1'20.7390 0.9845
8 33 australia  Garth Tander  Holden Commodore VF 1 1'20.7518 0.9973
9 14 australia  Tim Slade  Holden Commodore VF 1 1'52.9760 33.2215
10 88 australia  Jamie Whincup  Holden Commodore VF 1 -
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