Sydney Supercars: McLaughlin equals Whincup’s pole record

Sydney Supercars: McLaughlin equals Whincup’s pole record
Andrew van Leeuwen
By: Andrew van Leeuwen
Aug 20, 2017, 1:48 AM

Scott McLaughlin has equalled Jamie Whincup’s record of 13 pole positions in a single season, with yet another qualifying-topping effort at Sydney Motorsport Park.

 Scott McLaughlin, Team Penske Ford
 Scott McLaughlin, Team Penske Ford
 Chaz Mostert, Rod Nash Racing Ford
 Jamie Whincup, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
 Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden

The DJR Team Penske driver put yesterday’s dramas behind him to go quickest on his first run with a 1m28.340s, and while that would have been good enough for pole, he found even more time on his second run with a 1m28.225s.

That ensured a seventh consecutive pole position for McLaughlin and a 13th for the season, equalling the record number of poles set by Whincup back in 2013.

“Once the penalty was laid down I just wanted to get on with things; what happened yesterday was done,” said McLaughlin.

“We’ve got a long way to go. Sitting back in the car, that’s my happy place in there, no one can annoy me or anything. it was the best placed for me, the best remedy.”

Chaz Mostert will start on the outside of the front row, setting his 1m28.359s on his first run and failing to improve on his second.

Jamie Whincup did improve on his final run, dropping from a 1m28.718s to a 1m28.534s. While it didn’t automatically translate to a position change, Whincup having sat third after the first runs anyway, it did mean he wasn’t swallowed up by teammate Shane van Gisbergen, who made up 13 spots on his final run to go fourth fastest.

Yesterday’s race winner Fabian Coulthard was fifth fastest after finding a couple of tenths on his final run, while both Michael Caruso and Mark Winterbottom also improved at the end to qualifying sixth and seventh.

It was an action-packed session for Winterbottom, who was forced into the garage for repairs after clashing with Garth Tander at Turn 2. The pair exchanged heated words in the garage following the session.

Nick Percat qualified eighth ahead of Brad Jones Racing teammate Tim Slade, with Jason Bright rounding out the Top 10 in the #56 Prodrive Ford.

1 17 new_zealand  Scott McLaughlin  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'28.2259  
2 55 australia  Chaz Mostert  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'28.3593 0.1334
3 88 australia  Jamie Whincup  Holden Commodore VF 1'28.5348 0.3089
4 97 new_zealand  Shane van Gisbergen  Holden Commodore VF 1'28.6090 0.3831
5 12 new_zealand  Fabian Coulthard  Ford Falcon FG/X 1'28.7702 0.5443
6 23 australia  Michael Caruso  Nissan Altima 1'28.8046 0.5787
7 5 australia  Mark Winterbottom  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'28.8706 0.6447
8 8 australia  Nick Percat  Holden Commodore VF 1'28.9192 0.6933
9 14 australia  Tim Slade  Holden Commodore VF 1'28.9565 0.7306
10 56 australia  Jason Bright  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'28.9815 0.7556
11 18 australia  Lee Holdsworth  Holden Commodore VF 1'29.0166 0.7907
12 9 australia  David Reynolds  Holden Commodore VF 1'29.0189 0.7930
13 7 australia  Todd Kelly  Nissan Altima 1'29.0460 0.8201
14 888 australia  Craig Lowndes  Holden Commodore VF 1'29.0597 0.8338
15 6 australia  Cameron Waters  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'29.0655 0.8396
16 95 australia  Will Davison  Holden Commodore VF 1'29.1110 0.8851
17 15 australia  Rick Kelly  Nissan Altima 1'29.1204 0.8945
18 2 australia  Scott Pye  Holden Commodore VF 1'29.1653 0.9394
19 22 australia  James Courtney  Holden Commodore VF 1'29.2745 1.0486
20 34 australia  James Moffat  Holden Commodore VF 1'29.3135 1.0876
21 33 australia  Garth Tander  Holden Commodore VF 1'29.4766 1.2507
22 78 switzerland  Simona de Silvestro  Nissan Altima 1'29.5750 1.3491
23 21 australia  Tim Blanchard  Holden Commodore VF 1'29.6305 1.4046
24 99 australia  Dale Wood  Holden Commodore VF 1'29.7219 1.4960
25 62 australia  Alex Rullo  Holden Commodore VF 1'30.1769 1.9510
26 3 australia  Alex Davison  Holden Commodore VF 1'30.2604 2.0345
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