Darwin Supercars: McLaughlin, van Gisbergen share poles

Scott McLaughlin and Shane van Gisbergen took a pole position each from a thrilling battle across the back-to-back Sunday sessions.

Darwin Supercars: McLaughlin, van Gisbergen share poles

There was little between the two Kiwis in both 10-minute sessions, McLaughlin getting the better of his rival in the first to the tune of just 0.05s to grab pole for Race 2.

Van Gisbergen then hit back in fine style in the second session, tucking in behind Fabian Coulthard to get a tow that helped him pip McLaughlin by 0.03s for the Race 3 pole.

For van Gisbergen the strong performance vindicated the decision to change his motor overnight.

"It's awesome. I have to thank the guys, they put in a big effort changing the motor last night, and then [engineer Grant McPherson] going through the set-up," said van Gisbergen.

"We just had to go back to basics. The car was awesome. Right from when I left pitlane we were up the front again."

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Team 18 continued its strong showing, Scott Pye qualifying an impressive third, two spots ahead of teammate Mark Winterbottom, for the first race.

Pye dropped back to eighth in the second session after a small mistake on his lap, Winterbottom providing the heroics with a third of his own.

Jamie Whincup didn't trouble the front-runners in either session, the Triple Eight driver facing eighth and seventh place starts in the two races.

Fabian Coulthard, meanwhile, dropped 10 places between the sessions, the Penske driver qualifying sixth for Race 2 and 16th for Race 3.

Qualifying Race 2 results

Cla # Driver Time Gap Interval
1 17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin 1'06.258    
2 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen 1'06.315 0.056 0.056
3 20 Australia Scott Pye 1'06.364 0.105 0.049
4 6 Australia Cameron Waters 1'06.392 0.133 0.028
5 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom 1'06.405 0.147 0.013
6 12 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard 1'06.444 0.186 0.038
7 8 Australia Nick Percat 1'06.506 0.247 0.061
8 88 Australia Jamie Whincup 1'06.536 0.278 0.030
9 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner 1'06.544 0.285 0.007
10 44 Australia James Courtney 1'06.589 0.330 0.044
11 5 Australia Lee Holdsworth 1'06.697 0.439 0.108
12 25 Australia Chaz Mostert 1'06.720 0.462 0.022
13 99 Australia Anton De Pasquale 1'06.729 0.470 0.008
14 15 Australia Rick Kelly 1'06.742 0.484 0.013
15 55 Australia Jack Le Brocq 1'06.762 0.503 0.019
16 3 Australia Macauley Jones 1'06.778 0.520 0.016
17 9 Australia David Reynolds 1'06.825 0.566 0.046
18 14 Australia Todd Hazelwood 1'06.828 0.569 0.003
19 2 Australia Bryce Fullwood 1'06.876 0.618 0.048
20 35 Australia Garry Jacobson 1'06.969 0.711 0.092
21 22 New Zealand Chris Pither 1'07.110 0.852 0.141
22 19 Australia Alex Davison 1'07.293 1.034 0.182
23 34 Australia Zane Goddard 1'07.393 1.134 0.099
24 4 Australia Jack Smith 1'07.430 1.171 0.037

Qualifying Race 3 results

Cla # Driver Time Gap Interval
1 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen 1'06.289    
2 17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin 1'06.319 0.030 0.030
3 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom 1'06.322 0.032 0.002
4 8 Australia Nick Percat 1'06.353 0.063 0.030
5 25 Australia Chaz Mostert 1'06.419 0.129 0.066
6 6 Australia Cameron Waters 1'06.435 0.145 0.015
7 88 Australia Jamie Whincup 1'06.447 0.158 0.012
8 20 Australia Scott Pye 1'06.510 0.220 0.062
9 99 Australia Anton De Pasquale 1'06.517 0.227 0.007
10 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner 1'06.528 0.238 0.011
11 5 Australia Lee Holdsworth 1'06.548 0.258 0.019
12 9 Australia David Reynolds 1'06.565 0.275 0.017
13 2 Australia Bryce Fullwood 1'06.575 0.286 0.010
14 44 Australia James Courtney 1'06.639 0.349 0.063
15 55 Australia Jack Le Brocq 1'06.683 0.393 0.043
16 12 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard 1'06.700 0.410 0.017
17 14 Australia Todd Hazelwood 1'06.706 0.416 0.006
18 35 Australia Garry Jacobson 1'06.730 0.440 0.023
19 19 Australia Alex Davison 1'06.802 0.513 0.072
20 15 Australia Rick Kelly 1'06.823 0.533 0.020
21 22 New Zealand Chris Pither 1'06.843 0.554 0.020
22 34 Australia Zane Goddard 1'06.858 0.568 0.014
23 3 Australia Macauley Jones 1'06.947 0.657 0.088
24 4 Australia Jack Smith 1'07.486 1.196 0.539
 
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