SCOTT MCLAUGHLIN DOMINATES WINTON QUALIFYING
Scott McLaughlin will start from pole position for the fourth consecutive Supercars race after dominating Qualifying on Sunday morning at Winton.
The Shell V-Power driver lapped the circuit in 1m19.0721s, the fastest lap of the weekend and only 0.3s from the Qualifying record set by Chaz Mostert last year.
“The car was fantastic there,” said McLaughlin, who set the time in the middle of the session. “The track might have gone off at the end there and it is always nice to do it at the important times.”
While McLaughlin was untouchable Red Bull Racing struck back, with Jamie Whincup taking second and Shane van Gisbergen in third place. The Holdens started from the second row yesterday so both are in good contention for a podium finish in the race.
Cam Waters continued his good Qualifying form in fourth, the fastest of the Prodrive Fords, with teammate Mark Winterbottom eighth. But Chaz Mostert went the wrong way on set-up and ended up 17th fastest, 0.795s from Pole.
Fabian Coulthard repeated his fifth position from Saturday in the second Penske Ford and will start from the third row again, alongside Will Davison whose Tekno Commodore Qualified in sixth place, ahead of Lee Holdsworth, who found 0.4s on his second lap in the Preston Hire car.
The session was a disaster for Craig Lowndes, who was a lowly 26th, and for the HSV Racing Team, with James Courtney 21st and Scott Pye 28th.
Best of the Wildcard drivers was Macauley Jones in P19, with Shae Davies 22nd and James Golding 23rd.
The 67-lap race is due to start at 1:45pm.
Date posted: May 21, 2017