Gold Coast 600: Van Gisbergen fastest, grid penalty for Lowndes

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Gold Coast 600: Van Gisbergen fastest, grid penalty for Lowndes
Andrew van Leeuwen
By: Andrew van Leeuwen
Oct 20, 2018, 12:49 AM

Shane van Gisbergen has secured provisional pole for Saturday's leg of the Gold Coast 600, while Craig Lowndes will start outside the Top 20 thanks to a penalty for running into Richie Stanaway

The Kiwi led a Red Bull Holden one-two in the 20-minute qualifying session, van Gisbergen winding up 0.3s clear of teammate Jamie Whincup.

That means the pair will run at the end of this morning's Top 10 Shootout, which will set the first five rows of the grid for the opening 300-kilometre race.

Whincup set the early pace, sitting on top at the 10-minute mark thanks to a 1m10.454s.

The likes of Scott McLaughlin, van Gisbergen, and Reynolds all improved around the same time to close the gap to within a tenth, before Reynolds took over top spot with a 1m10.422s with seven minutes to go.

Confident that time would be good enough for the Top 10, Reynolds opted to jump out of his car and save a set of tyres for the Shootout.

And that meant the Red Bulls had a clear run at pipping him to provisional pole, van Gisbergen and Whincup having waited on their second set of rubber for the dying seconds of the session.

“The car has been good and we managed to do it on two sets of tyres,” said van Gisbergen.

“We’ve got another new set for the Shootout and then a spare set for tomorrow if we need it.

“It’s a fine line around here, I got a kerb strike on my first lap on the first run, which just dents your confidence because you don’t know where the limit is.

“Then I had to build up throughout the laps, and you’ve got the walls as well, so there’s a couple of scrapes, but we got the time done.”

Reynolds and McLaughlin finished up third and fourth respectively, while James Courtney jumped from 10th – and right on the Shootout bubble – to the safety of fifth on his final run.

An early time from Fabian Coulthard left him sixth, while Chaz Mostert, Michael Caruso, Nick Percat, and Cam Waters all round time on their final runs to book Shootout spots.

Rick Kelly was the unlucky man to just miss out on a berth in the single-lap dash, finishing up 11th.

Craig Lowndes finished well off his Triple Eight teammates thanks to a bizarre clash with Richie Stanaway at the end of the session.

The Tickford driver was on a flying lap when he came across the Bathurst winner warming his tyres by weaving across the width of the track.

Stanaway was left with nowhere to go and slammed into the back of the T8 Holden.

Lowndes was slapped with a five-place grid penalty, and will start the race down in 21st.

“It’s one of those things. We all talk about traffic around here and I was one of them today, unfortunately,” said Lowndes.

“We went out for that run, I was looking in the rear-vision mirrors, all I could see was [Jack] Le Brocq behind me and all of a sudden he disappeared and Richie came on the scene.

“I’ll go up and apologise to him, it was my mistake, I should have got out of his way, but by the same token it’s difficult to get out of the way here.

“There was zero information [from my team], I was just told I was going out with the train, expecting everyone to be on the same programme."

Cla # Driver Car Time Gap
1 97 New Zealand Earl Bamber
New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore ZB 1'10.1125  
2 1 Australia Jamie Whincup
Paul Dumbrell
Holden Commodore ZB 1'10.4126 0.3001
3 9 Australia David Reynolds
Australia Luke Youlden
Holden Commodore ZB 1'10.4220 0.3095
4 17 France Alexandre Prémat
New Zealand Scott McLaughlin
Ford Falcon FG X 1'10.5198 0.4073
5 25 Australia James Courtney
Jack Perkins
Holden Commodore ZB 1'10.5889 0.4764
6 12 Australia Tony D'Alberto
New Zealand Fabian Coulthard
Ford Falcon FG X 1'10.6151 0.5026
7 55 Australia Chaz Mostert
Australia James Moffat
Ford Falcon FG X 1'10.6536 0.5411
8 23 Australia Michael Caruso
Australia Dean Fiore
Nissan Altima 1'10.6761 0.5636
9 8 Australia Nick Percat
Australia Macauley Jones
Holden Commodore ZB 1'10.7009 0.5884
10 6 Australia David Russell
Australia Cameron Waters
Ford Falcon FG X 1'10.7025 0.5900
11 11 Australia Rick Kelly
Garry Jacobson
Nissan Altima 1'10.7146 0.6021
12 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom
Australia Dean Canto
Ford Falcon FG X 1'10.7547 0.6422
13 18 Australia Lee Holdsworth
Australia Jason Bright
Holden Commodore ZB 1'10.7683 0.6558
14 14 Australia Tim Slade
Australia Ash Walsh
Holden Commodore ZB 1'10.8056 0.6931
15 230 Australia Alex Davison
Australia Will Davison
Ford Falcon FG X 1'10.8270 0.7145
16 888 New Zealand Steven Richards
Australia Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore ZB 1'10.8566 0.7441
17 99 Australia Will Brown
Anton de
Holden Commodore ZB 1'10.9166 0.8041
18 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner
Australia Aaren Russell
Nissan Altima 1'10.9205 0.8080
19 33 Australia Garth Tander
New Zealand Chris Pither
Holden Commodore ZB 1'10.9297 0.8172
20 2 Australia Warren Luff
Australia Scott Pye
Holden Commodore ZB 1'10.9407 0.8282
21 34 Australia James Golding
Richard Muscat
Holden Commodore ZB 1'10.9449 0.8324
22 19 Australia Jonathon Webb
Australia Jack Le Brocq
Holden Commodore ZB 1'11.0831 0.9706
23 78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro
Australia Alex Rullo
Nissan Altima 1'11.4295 1.3170
24 56 New Zealand Richie Stanaway
Australia Steven Owen
Ford Falcon FG X 1'11.5044 1.3919
25 35 Australia Bryce Fullwood
Australia Todd Hazelwood
Ford Falcon FG X 1'11.5626 1.4501
26 21 Australia Dale Wood
Australia Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore ZB 1'11.6121 1.4996
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Series Supercars
Event Surfers Paradise
Author Andrew van Leeuwen
Article type Qualifying report