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SCOTT McLAUGHLIN BLITZES FIELD YET AGAIN

Scott McLaughlin blitzes field again - Photo: Dirk Klynsmith

Scott McLaughlin blitzes field again – Photo: Dirk Klynsmith

Scott McLaughlin has added to his growing collection of Armor All Pole Position cheques by claiming Pole Position for Race Nine.

McLaughlin set a lap time of 1:19.3807 to finish the session .1670s ahead of Chaz Mostert, who in turn led Shane van Gisbergen, Jamie Whincup and Fabian Coulthard.

“It was all part of the plan,” said McLaughlin after Qualifying.

“It was pretty rushed and I was lucky to, there was a bit of traffic.”

Defending champion Shane Van Gisbergen - Photo: Rhys Vandersyde

Defending champion Shane Van Gisbergen – Photo: Rhys Vandersyde

Reigning champion, van Gisbergen’s second lap was under a local yellow flag but the Kiwi is wanting an improved set-up to handle the rough surface at Winton.

“It’s the first time we have run new tyres,” explained van Gisbergen. “On the bumps, we are not good enough, when we have to use the kerb, we are in trouble.”

Completing the top 10 were Nick Percat, Rick Kelly, Will Davison, Mark Winterbottom and Cameron Waters.

Davison had something break in the front of the car, which resulted in the Woodstock Commodore severely understeering.

“We did a great job to improve the car after Practice,” said the reigning Bathurst champion. “We had something strange happen half-way around the lap so I had to abort the lap and bring it in.”

James Golding fastest of the Wildcards - Photo: Rhys Vandersyde

James Golding fastest of the Wildcards – Photo: Rhys Vandersyde

Leading Wildcard was James Golding, who set the 18th quickest time.

Race Nine gets underway at 4pm AEST for a duration of 40 laps.

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