SEVEN STRAIGHT FOR SEVENTEEN
Scott McLaughlin has continued with his extraordinary qualifying form by taking another pole position at Sydney Motorsport Park.
The DJR Team Penske Ford driver took his 14th pole of the season and seventh in a row, with a blistering 1m 28.2259s lap.
“It’s awesome,” said McLaughlin, whose margin was a somewhat small – by his standards – 0.1334s.
“It’s only the first half of the job, I was pretty disappointed with myself after yesterday. It’s a pretty special moment but we will take it in my stride.
“Once the penalty was laid down I just wanted to get on with things.
Chaz Mostert was second fastest ahead of Jamie Whincup.
“The car definitely feels better than what it did yesterday,” said the Ford man.
“Hopefully it will look after its tyres a bit better. Once the heat gets in, it’s not as quick as early in the session. I was pretty tapped at that.”
Shane van Gisbergen was fourth ahead of Fabian Coulthard and Michael Caruso.
Mark Winterbottom was in P7, after a mid-session clash with Garth Tander. The Bottle-O car was on a qualifying lap when the two made contact and a discussion between men after the session failed to clear up who was at fault.
This afternoon’s 52-lap Race 18 is due to start at 2pm.
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Date posted: August 20, 2017