Townsville Supercars: Percat, Hazelwood score shock poles

Brad Jones Racing duo Nick Percat and Todd Hazelwood scored a career-first pole each in two back-to-back qualifying sessions in Townsville.

Townsville Supercars: Percat, Hazelwood score shock poles

The Holden squad was dominant across the two 10-minute sessions, four-time race winner Percat kicking things off by edging Scott McLaughlin by 0.08s in the first to bag the first pole of his career.

Percat then looked set to double his tally in the second session, going quickest on his very last lap. But there was a surprise coming from teammate Hazelwood, who pipped Percat by 0.02s just moments later.

That was after the third-year driver was a solid seventh fastest in the first session.

"Unbelievable. I think I lost my voice on the in-lap, I was cheering so hard," said Hazelwood. "It's a huge turnaround for BJR, we had our dramas yesterday but we knew we'd come back swinging today and we certainly proved that.

Percat added: "It's amazing. It's a massive Father's Day present for my engineer [Andrew Edwards] and my dad back in Adelaide.

"That first lap, to have a bit of margin to the field, I went into the next one thinking 'don't do anything silly, just replicate the lap'. I went a little bit quicker, but for Todd to sneak in there and grab us by 0.02s, it's mega to have a front-row lock-out for Brad and everyone at BJR."

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After being pipped by Percat in the first session, McLaughlin's day took a turn for the worse in the second. The points leader came across a slow-moving Garry Jacobson at the end of his flying lap, the pair even making light contact on the exit of the final corner.

He estimated the scuffle cost him around three-tenths, McLaughlin left 10th on the grid for this afternoon's final heat.

Cam Waters was third and sixth in the two sessions, while Chaz Mostert recovered from a disappointing 13th in the first session to grab third in the second.

Jamie Whincup will start both races from fifth, teammate Shane van Gisbergen less consistent with a fourth and a 12th.

Qualifying Race 2 results

Cla # Driver Time Gap Interval
1 8 Australia Nick Percat 1'12.262    
2 17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin 1'12.342 0.079 0.079
3 6 Australia Cameron Waters 1'12.429 0.166 0.086
4 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen 1'12.472 0.210 0.043
5 88 Australia Jamie Whincup 1'12.553 0.291 0.081
6 55 Australia Jack Le Brocq 1'12.603 0.341 0.049
7 14 Australia Todd Hazelwood 1'12.655 0.392 0.051
8 2 Australia Bryce Fullwood 1'12.669 0.407 0.014
9 9 Australia David Reynolds 1'12.737 0.475 0.067
10 5 Australia Lee Holdsworth 1'12.743 0.481 0.006
11 20 Australia Scott Pye 1'12.745 0.483 0.002
12 3 Australia Macauley Jones 1'12.761 0.498 0.015
13 25 Australia Chaz Mostert 1'12.775 0.513 0.014
14 35 Australia Garry Jacobson 1'12.819 0.557 0.043
15 44 Australia James Courtney 1'12.837 0.575 0.018
16 12 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard 1'12.876 0.614 0.038
17 19 Australia Alex Davison 1'12.968 0.706 0.092
18 15 Australia Rick Kelly 1'13.015 0.753 0.047
19 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom 1'13.035 0.773 0.019
20 22 New Zealand Chris Pither 1'13.194 0.932 0.159
21 4 Australia Jack Smith 1'13.210 0.948 0.016
22 34 Australia Jake Kostecki 1'13.283 1.021 0.072
23 99 Australia Anton De Pasquale      
24 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner      

Qualifying Race 3 results

Cla # Driver Time Gap Interval
1 14 Australia Todd Hazelwood 1'12.154    
2 8 Australia Nick Percat 1'12.176 0.022 0.022
3 25 Australia Chaz Mostert 1'12.244 0.090 0.068
4 99 Australia Anton De Pasquale 1'12.305 0.151 0.060
5 88 Australia Jamie Whincup 1'12.337 0.182 0.031
6 6 Australia Cameron Waters 1'12.338 0.184 0.001
7 5 Australia Lee Holdsworth 1'12.407 0.253 0.069
8 55 Australia Jack Le Brocq 1'12.437 0.283 0.030
9 44 Australia James Courtney 1'12.442 0.288 0.004
10 17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin 1'12.459 0.305 0.017
11 2 Australia Bryce Fullwood 1'12.498 0.344 0.038
12 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen 1'12.501 0.347 0.003
13 19 Australia Alex Davison 1'12.521 0.367 0.019
14 12 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard 1'12.580 0.426 0.058
15 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom 1'12.660 0.506 0.080
16 3 Australia Macauley Jones 1'12.666 0.512 0.005
17 20 Australia Scott Pye 1'12.755 0.600 0.088
18 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner 1'12.763 0.608 0.008
19 9 Australia David Reynolds 1'12.779 0.625 0.016
20 15 Australia Rick Kelly 1'12.816 0.662 0.037
21 22 New Zealand Chris Pither 1'12.837 0.683 0.021
22 34 Australia Jake Kostecki 1'12.920 0.766 0.082
23 4 Australia Jack Smith 1'13.164 1.010 0.244
24 35 Australia Garry Jacobson 1'13.191 1.037 0.026
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