Darwin Supercars: McLaughlin clean sweeps Sunday poles

Scott McLaughlin will start both of today's Supercars races in Darwin from pole position.

Darwin Supercars: McLaughlin clean sweeps Sunday poles

Having stuck to the hard tyres yesterday, McLaughlin had plenty of soft compound Dunlops at his disposal for today's two 10-minute sessions.

He put them to good use, though, bagging a pair of poles to make it a clean sweep for the weekend.

In the first session McLaughlin only just pipped teammate Fabian Coulthard, the Penske pair separated by just two-hundredths of a second.

Race 1 winner Anton De Pasquale was third fastest followed by Jamie Whincup, Nick Percat, Andre Heimgartner and Shane van Gisbergen.

In the second session McLaughlin had more of a margin, a weekend-best 1m06.309s leaving him three-tenths clear of Whincup.

Van Gisbergen edged Chaz Mostert for third, with Cam Waters and Coulthard securing third-row starting spots.

"It's awesome to get pole times three," said McLaughlin. "It's fantastic to have a good spot to start from.

"The inside line into [Turn] 1 off the start is quite difficult to get off the line, but we'll do our best. To be up the front is an ideal situation."

Drivers will be free to choose compounds for both of today's two sprint races, with the majority of the field yet to play their soft tyres.

De Pasquale, James Courtney, Scott Pye and Jack Smith are the exceptions, having run softs in yesterday's opener.

Qualifying results Race 2

Cla # Driver Time Gap Interval
1 17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin 1'06.415    
2 12 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard 1'06.441 0.025 0.025
3 99 Australia Anton De Pasquale 1'06.676 0.260 0.235
4 88 Australia Jamie Whincup 1'06.715 0.299 0.039
5 8 Australia Nick Percat 1'06.728 0.312 0.013
6 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner 1'06.755 0.339 0.026
7 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen 1'06.839 0.424 0.084
8 9 Australia David Reynolds 1'06.862 0.446 0.022
9 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom 1'06.895 0.480 0.033
10 25 Australia Chaz Mostert 1'06.897 0.481 0.001
11 20 Australia Scott Pye 1'06.899 0.484 0.002
12 44 Australia James Courtney 1'06.904 0.488 0.004
13 6 Australia Cameron Waters 1'06.924 0.508 0.020
14 15 Australia Rick Kelly 1'06.994 0.579 0.070
15 55 Australia Jack Le Brocq 1'07.034 0.618 0.039
16 3 Australia Macauley Jones 1'07.105 0.690 0.071
17 5 Australia Lee Holdsworth 1'07.141 0.725 0.035
18 19 Australia Alex Davison 1'07.212 0.797 0.071
19 22 New Zealand Chris Pither 1'07.265 0.850 0.052
20 34 Australia Jake Kostecki 1'07.306 0.890 0.040
21 14 Australia Todd Hazelwood 1'07.324 0.909 0.018
22 35 Australia Garry Jacobson 1'07.367 0.952 0.043
23 2 Australia Bryce Fullwood 1'07.473 1.057 0.105
24 4 Australia Jack Smith 1'07.741 1.326 0.268

Qualifying results Race 3

Cla # Driver Time Gap Interval
1 17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin 1'06.309    
2 88 Australia Jamie Whincup 1'06.635 0.326 0.326
3 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen 1'06.740 0.431 0.104
4 25 Australia Chaz Mostert 1'06.754 0.445 0.013
5 6 Australia Cameron Waters 1'06.776 0.467 0.022
6 12 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard 1'06.854 0.545 0.078
7 15 Australia Rick Kelly 1'06.858 0.549 0.004
8 99 Australia Anton De Pasquale 1'06.891 0.582 0.032
9 9 Australia David Reynolds 1'06.921 0.612 0.030
10 8 Australia Nick Percat 1'06.929 0.620 0.007
11 3 Australia Macauley Jones 1'06.989 0.679 0.059
12 55 Australia Jack Le Brocq 1'06.992 0.683 0.003
13 5 Australia Lee Holdsworth 1'06.999 0.690 0.007
14 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom 1'07.007 0.698 0.008
15 44 Australia James Courtney 1'07.197 0.887 0.189
16 35 Australia Garry Jacobson 1'07.241 0.932 0.044
17 34 Australia Jake Kostecki 1'07.283 0.974 0.042
18 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner 1'07.329 1.020 0.045
19 19 Australia Alex Davison 1'07.332 1.023 0.003
20 4 Australia Jack Smith 1'07.458 1.149 0.125
21 20 Australia Scott Pye 1'07.465 1.156 0.007
22 2 Australia Bryce Fullwood 1'07.466 1.157 0.000
23 22 New Zealand Chris Pither 1'07.504 1.195 0.038
24 14 Australia Todd Hazelwood 1'07.743 1.434 0.239
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