Winton Supercars: McLaughlin beats Mostert to pole

Scott McLaughlin beat Chaz Mostert to pole for Saturday’s race at Winton.

The DJR Team Penske driver ran slightly out of sequence across the two runs, slotting into sixth right at the end of the first run with a 1m19.992s.

He then fired into the pits just minutes from the end of the session for a fresh set of rubber, before blasting to pole with a 1m19.380s right at the flag.

“It was all part of the plan,” said McLaughlin about his last-gasp lap.

“It was pretty rushed there, I was trying to get a nice gap. There was a bit of traffic, I was lucky to hang on.

“I was pretty pumped after that one, when you work for it, it makes it good. I was a really good lap, I put everything together. It’s a good place to be.”

McLaughlin’s time bumped Chaz Mostert back to second, the Prodrive Racing Australia driver having made up 10 spots on his final lap to temporarily sit in P1 with a 1m19.544s.

Shane van Gisbergen edged teammate Jamie Whincup to go third fastest, the Kiwi falling just 0.03s short of Mostert.

“It’s the first time we ran new tyres, so I’m quite happy with that,” said van Gisbergen. “The guys in front are a little bit quicker still, buy yeah, we’re in with a shot.”

Like his teammate Fabian Coulthard went for the last-second lap, but could only improve to fifth on his final run despite setting a purple first sector. That dropped Brad Jones Racing driver Nick Percat to the outside of the third row, with Rick Kelly leading the way for Nissan in seventh and Will Davison in eighth.

Mark Winterbottom and Cam Waters made it three PRA Fords in the Top 10 by locking out the fifth row.

Wildcard entry James Golding put in an impressive performance, out-qualifying Garry Rogers Motorsport regular James Moffat on his way to 18th on the grid.

The young gun also finished ahead of Craig Lowndes, the veteran not only struggling to match his Triple Eight teammates but a long way from even troubling the Top 10, finishing up down in P19.

1 17 new_zealand  Scott McLaughlin  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'19.3807 136.053
2 55 australia  Chaz Mostert  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'19.5447 135.772
3 97 new_zealand  Shane van Gisbergen  Holden Commodore VF 1'19.5747 135.721
4 88 australia  Jamie Whincup  Holden Commodore VF 1'19.6454 135.601
5 12 new_zealand  Fabian Coulthard  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'19.7619 135.402
6 8 australia  Nick Percat  Holden Commodore VF 1'19.8698 135.220
7 15 australia  Rick Kelly  Nissan Altima 1'19.9055 135.159
8 19 australia  Will Davison  Holden Commodore VF 1'19.9425 135.097
9 5 australia  Mark Winterbottom  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'19.9448 135.093
10 6 australia  Cameron Waters  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'19.9705 135.049
11 7 australia  Todd Kelly  Nissan Altima 1'19.9961 135.006
12 18 australia  Lee Holdsworth  Holden Commodore VF 1'20.0261 134.955
13 33 australia  Garth Tander  Holden Commodore VF 1'20.1508 134.746
14 9 australia  David Reynolds  Holden Commodore VF 1'20.1716 134.711
15 14 australia  Tim Slade  Holden Commodore VF 1'20.1864 134.686
16 56 australia  Jason Bright  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'20.2024 134.659
17 23 australia  Michael Caruso  Nissan Altima 1'20.2208 134.628
18 31 australia  James Golding  Holden Commodore VF 1'20.2867 134.517
19 888 australia  Craig Lowndes  Holden Commodore VF 1'20.2894 134.513
20 4 australia  Macauley Jones  Holden Commodore VF 1'20.2901 134.512
21 2 australia  Scott Pye  Holden Commodore VF 1'20.3439 134.422
22 21 australia  Tim Blanchard  Holden Commodore VF 1'20.3995 134.329
23 22 australia  James Courtney  Holden Commodore VF 1'20.4620 134.224
24 78 switzerland  Simona de Silvestro  Nissan Altima 1'20.4749 134.203
25 34 australia  James Moffat  Holden Commodore VF 1'20.9073 133.486
26 99 australia  Dale Wood  Holden Commodore VF 1'20.9762 133.372
27 26 australia  Shae Davies  Nissan Altima 1'21.0538 133.244
28 3 australia  Taz Douglas  Holden Commodore VF 1'21.1823 133.033
29 62 australia  Alex Rullo  Holden Commodore VF 1'21.4057 132.668
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Series Supercars
Event Winton
Track Winton Motor Raceway
Article type Qualifying report