Tasmania Supercars: Van Gisbergen storms to record pole

Shane van Gisbergen broke the Symmons Plains qualifying lap record on his way to a dominant pole position.

Tasmania Supercars: Van Gisbergen storms to record pole

The Kiwi topped all three segments of qualifying in what was a dominant showing in the fight for pole.

But it was his Q3 lap that really raised eyebrows, a new qualifying lap record – a 50.492s – putting him three-tenths clear of the field.

The entire field was only separated by a second, the next three-tenths after second-placed Cam Waters basically covering down to 14th.

"Thanks to my mate next door for a tow," said van Gisbergen of the helping hand he got from Jamie Whincup on the record-breaking lap.

"The car was awesome, the guys have done a great job. The tyres switched on then. The job's not done, yet, no points, but thanks to the team the car is fantastic."

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Chaz Mostert will start third, his margin to Waters just 0.007s, while Whincup ended up on the outside of the second row.

Will Davison led the way for Dick Johnson Racing in fifth followed by Scott Pye and Anton De Pasquale.

Mark Winterbottom and Will Brown were eighth and ninth, Jack Smith ending up 10th after unexpectedly running in the top five in both Q1 and Q2.

Some big names stumbled in a busy Q2 session, including two drivers that finished on the podium last time out at Sandown.

David Reynolds was the man on the bubble, missing out on the Top 10 by around half-a-tenth, while Brodie Kostecki was just 15th quickest.

But the real shock exits came in the split Q1, with Nick Percat and Andre Heimgartner both failing to progress in Group A.

Percat complained of front locking, his time only good enough for 19th on the grid, while Heimgartner will start from 23rd after not getting on top of his set-up.

There were more surprises in Group B, with Tim Slade (21st), Bryce Fullwood (22nd) and Todd Hazelwood (24th) both missing out.

Cla # Driver Car Time Gap Interval
1 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 50.492    
2 6 Australia Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 50.824 0.332 0.332
3 25 Australia Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 50.832 0.339 0.007
4 88 Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 50.835 0.343 0.003
5 17 Australia Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 50.836 0.343 0.000
6 20 Australia Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 50.874 0.382 0.038
7 11 Australia Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 50.892 0.400 0.017
8 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 50.924 0.432 0.032
9 9 Australia Will Brown Holden Commodore ZB 51.039 0.547 0.115
10 4 Australia Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 51.107 0.615 0.068
11 26 Australia David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 51.047 0.555  
12 34 Australia Jake Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 51.100 0.607 0.052
13 44 Australia James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 51.107 0.614 0.007
14 35 Australia Zane Goddard Holden Commodore ZB 51.194 0.702 0.087
15 99 Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 51.238 0.745 0.043
16 5 Australia Jack Le Brocq Ford Mustang GT 51.277 0.784 0.038
17 96 Australia Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 51.195 0.703  
18 19 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore ZB 51.207 0.715 0.012
19 8 Australia Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 51.277 0.785 0.070
20 22 Australia Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 51.297 0.805 0.019
21 3 Australia Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 51.306 0.814 0.009
22 2 Australia Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 51.409 0.917 0.103
23 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Ford Mustang GT 51.465 0.973 0.056
24 14 Australia Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 51.515 1.022 0.049
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