Gold Coast 600: Mostert takes pole for Race 21 in wet qualifying session

Chaz Mostert captured pole position at Surfers Paradise in a dramatic qualifying session where drivers had to deal with treacherous conditions.

The top spot on the time sheets changed hands constantly throughout the session, but Mostert was a name that kept appearing in P1.

He made his presence known early with a 1:23.1794, later improving to a 1:21.9165 and becoming the first to drop down into the 21s. Mostert then proceeded to one-up himself with a 1:21.8469, but things got dramatic in the closing moments of the session.

Tim Slade surged to the top of the leaderboard with a 1:21.8457 before Jamie Whincup, who made slight contact with a barrier at one point, was able to displace him with a 1:21.8209.

The red flag was then displayed when Dale Wood stuffed his machine into the tire barriers. Mostert put up a new fast lap, but there were discussions on whether or not he made it across the line before the stoppage. In the end, he was cleared and his lap -- a 1:21.5486 -- would be enough to hold on to pole position.

Whincup, Slade, Michael Caruso, Rick Kelly, Nick Percat, Shane van Gisbergen, Mark Winterbottom, Todd Kelly and Lee Holdsworth rounded out the top ten.

Cla#DriverCarLapsTimeGapIntervalkm/h
1 55 australia Steven Owen 
australia Chaz Mostert 
Ford Falcon FG-X 13 1'21.5486     130.670
2 88 australia Jamie Whincup 
australia Paul Dumbrell 
Holden Commodore VF 12 1'21.8209 0.2723 0.2723 130.235
3 14 australia Tim Slade 
new_zealand Andre Heimgartner 
Holden Commodore VF 12 1'21.8457 0.2971 0.0248 130.196
4 23 australia Michael Caruso 
australia Dean Fiore 
Nissan Altima 11 1'22.0260 0.4774 0.1803 129.910
5 15 australia Rick Kelly 
australia David Wall 
Nissan Altima 12 1'22.0340 0.4854 0.0080 129.897
6 8 australia Nick Percat 
australia Macauley Jones 
Holden Commodore VF 13 1'22.1247 0.5761 0.0907 129.753
7 97 new_zealand Shane van Gisbergen 
australia Matt Campbell 
Holden Commodore VF 13 1'22.1417 0.5931 0.0170 129.727
8 5 australia Mark Winterbottom 
australia Dean Canto 
Ford Falcon FG-X 13 1'22.3384 0.7898 0.1967 129.417
9 7 australia Todd Kelly 
australia Jack Le Brocq 
Nissan Altima 12 1'22.4455 0.8969 0.1071 129.249
10 18 australia Lee Holdsworth 
australia Karl Reindler 
Holden Commodore VF 12 1'22.5950 1.0464 0.1495 129.015
11 888 new_zealand Steven Richards 
australia Craig Lowndes 
Holden Commodore VF 13 1'22.6398 1.0912 0.0448 128.945
12 17 france Alexandre Prémat 
new_zealand Scott McLaughlin 
Ford Falcon FG-X 12 1'22.6970 1.1484 0.0572 128.855
13 2 australia Warren Luff 
australia Scott Pye 
Holden Commodore VF 12 1'22.8683 1.3197 0.1713 128.589
14 6 new_zealand Richie Stanaway 
australia Cameron Waters 
Ford Falcon FG-X 12 1'23.1115 1.5629 0.2432 128.213
15 33 australia Garth Tander 
australia James Golding 
Holden Commodore VF 12 1'23.2770 1.7284 0.1655 127.958
16 12 Tony D'Alberto 
new_zealand Fabian Coulthard 
Ford Falcon FG/X 12 1'23.4390 1.8904 0.1620 127.710
17 19 Jonathon Webb 
australia Will Davison 
Holden Commodore VF 12 1'23.5132 1.9646 0.0742 127.596
18 22 australia James Courtney 
australia Jack Perkins 
Holden Commodore VF 12 1'23.5416 1.9930 0.0284 127.553
19 34 australia James Moffat 
australia Richard Muscat 
Holden Commodore VF 12 1'23.7047 2.1561 0.1631 127.304
20 21 australia Tim Blanchard 
australia Todd Hazelwood 
Holden Commodore VF 11 1'23.8023 2.2537 0.0976 127.156
21 78 switzerland Simona de Silvestro 
australia David Russell 
Nissan Altima 12 1'23.9108 2.3622 0.1085 126.991
22 56 australia Jason Bright 
australia Garry Jacobson 
Ford Falcon FG-X 12 1'24.0684 2.5198 0.1576 126.753
23 9 australia David Reynolds 
Luke Youlden 
Holden Commodore VF 12 1'24.1889 2.6403 0.1205 126.572
24 99 australia Dale Wood 
new_zealand Chris Pither 
Holden Commodore VF 11 1'24.4407 2.8921 0.2518 126.195
25 62 australia Alex Davison 
australia Alex Rullo 
Holden Commodore VF 11 1'25.3471 3.7985 0.9064 124.854
26 3 australia Aaren Russell 
australia Taz Douglas 
Holden Commodore VF 11 1'27.2650 5.7164 1.9179 122.110
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Series Supercars
Event Surfers Paradise
Track Streets of Surfers Paradise
Drivers Chaz Mostert
Article type Qualifying report