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Qualifying report
Supercars Symmons

Tasmania Supercars: Crash follows pole for van Gisbergen

A wild pair of qualifying sessions yielded a pole and a bizarre crash with Tim Slade for Supercars points leader Shane van Gisbergen at Symmons Plains.

Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering

Fresh off a sublime win in yesterday's opener, van Gisbergen made a fast start to Sunday's action with a dominant showing in the first of two qualifying sessions.

He did two laps good enough for pole as he and new teammate Broc Feeney locked out the front row for today's first race for Triple Eight.

Van Gisbergen then looked set to make it a pair of poles in the second session, going purple in the first two sectors on a final green tyre run.

However an attempt to get a two off Tim Slade down the back straight went awry, van Gisbergen clattering into Slade's door at Turn 6.

Both cars were left with damage as van Gisbergen was forced to settle for third from his first-run banker – although the indigent is now in the hands of the stewards.

"It was a bit of a shame," said van Gisbergen of the Slade bungle.

"He mucked up out of the hairpin and let someone go. I was on a ripper, big tow, and he kind of went wide at the sweeper. I thought, 'okay, he's giving me the line'. And then at the last minute he came back to the race line.

"I shat myself I went up the inside but then he tried to race me and turned down. I'm on a heater, he's not.

"Lucky we put down a banker, that's the saving grace."

Slade, who ended up ninth on the grid for the third race, had a different take.

"Shane bombed me at the last corner," he said. "We were just going to do a warm-up lap, no lights on or anything. It's not as if he was going to start lap. He just used us up on the exit.

"That's pretty much it. It's annoying not to get a lap in at the end and creates unnecessary work for the guys."

The van Gisbergen/Slade shunt was good news for Will Davison, who ended up on pole for Race 3.

The Dick Johnson Racing driver put all his eggs in the first run basket, running his sole set of fresh rubber to set his 50.551s.

As it turned out nobody could run down that, helped by the red flag prompted by the van Gisbergen incident.

"We had one set of tyres then so I just knew if we put it together we'd be right there in contention, so we decided to go out the gate," said Davison.

"Yeah it was stressful but I knew the lap was pretty good, I knew we'd be in the top few. I was watching Shane's sectors, it was going to be really close until the incident."

Other noteworthy performances included Mark Winterbottom, who will share the second row with David Reynolds for the start of Race 2 later today.

Matt Stone Racing, meanwhile, had a brilliant second session, Jack Le Brocq grabbing second for Race 3 whole Todd Hazelwood was fourth.

It was tough going for a pair of more fancied Holden teams, though, with both Walkinshaw Andretti United and Erebus Motorsport struggling.

Nick Percat led the way for WAU in the first session with the ninth fastest time but could only manage 21st in the second.

Chaz Mostert, meanwhile, was a disappointing 16th and 19th from the two sessions.

As for Brodie Kostecki and Will Brown, they were 23rd and 24th respectively in the first session and 16th and 23rd in the second session.

Qualifying Race 2

Cla # Driver Car Time Gap Interval
1 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 50.484    
2 88 Broc Feeney Holden Commodore ZB 50.636 0.152 0.152
3 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 50.648 0.164 0.012
4 26 Australia David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 50.712 0.228 0.064
5 3 Australia Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 50.742 0.258 0.029
6 17 Australia Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 50.751 0.267 0.009
7 20 Australia Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 50.773 0.289 0.022
8 11 Australia Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 50.777 0.293 0.004
9 2 Australia Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 50.795 0.311 0.017
10 35 Australia Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 50.824 0.340 0.028
11 22 New Zealand Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 50.824 0.340 0.000
12 6 Australia Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 50.857 0.373 0.033
13 34 Australia Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 50.868 0.384 0.011
14 8 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore ZB 50.876 0.392 0.007
15 56 Australia Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT 50.914 0.430 0.038
16 25 Australia Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 50.925 0.441 0.011
17 10 Australia Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 50.941 0.457 0.015
18 5 Australia James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 50.980 0.496 0.039
19 14 Australia Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 50.982 0.498 0.002
20 76 Australia Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 51.008 0.524 0.025
21 96 Australia Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 51.012 0.528 0.003
22 4 Australia Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 51.022 0.538 0.010
23 99 Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 51.049 0.565 0.026
24 9 Australia Will Brown Holden Commodore ZB 51.063 0.579 0.014
25 55 Australia Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 51.097 0.613 0.033

Qualifying Race 3

Cla # Driver Car Time Gap Interval
1 17 Australia Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 50.551    
2 34 Australia Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 50.615 0.064 0.064
3 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 50.618 0.066 0.002
4 35 Australia Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 50.650 0.099 0.032
5 11 Australia Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 50.672 0.121 0.022
6 26 Australia David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 50.733 0.182 0.061
7 88 Broc Feeney Holden Commodore ZB 50.847 0.295 0.113
8 6 Australia Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 50.856 0.305 0.009
9 3 Australia Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 50.886 0.335 0.030
10 10 Australia Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 50.910 0.359 0.023
11 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 50.938 0.387 0.028
12 56 Australia Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT 50.952 0.400 0.013
13 20 Australia Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 50.952 0.400 0.000
14 5 Australia James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 51.007 0.455 0.054
15 55 Australia Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 51.023 0.472 0.016
16 99 Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 51.055 0.503 0.031
17 14 Australia Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 51.071 0.520 0.016
18 4 Australia Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 51.104 0.553 0.033
19 25 Australia Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 51.110 0.558 0.005
20 8 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore ZB 51.113 0.562 0.003
21 2 Australia Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 51.159 0.607 0.045
22 76 Australia Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 51.176 0.624 0.016
23 9 Australia Will Brown Holden Commodore ZB 51.193 0.641 0.017
24 96 Australia Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 51.829 1.278 0.636
25 22 New Zealand Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 51.909 1.357 0.079

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