Scott McLaughlin's 'blue beast' has powered to ARMOR ALL Pole Position in today's 20-minute session at Sydney Motorsport Park, putting a horror run yesterday behind him.
"I wanted to get that one so bad for the boys to show we're still in this and having a good crack. Got the lap pretty good don't think I had anything left. So stoked," McLaughlin said.
The young Kiwi recorded a 1min29.71 lap in his Valvoline Volvo, 0.7sec slower than his practice lap record set at the circuit yesterday.
And while Championship leader Jamie Whincup is back in sixth, it's the other contenders who are buried in the pack, with Mark Winterbottom 15th and Craig Lowndes last onthe grid in 23rd.
Mid-way through the session Lowndes ran off-track at the final corner and into the tyre bundle. The Red Bull Commodore came straight back to pit lane, but after the team analysed the front right of the car, elected not to send the #888 back out for a Dunlop soft tyre run.
With minutes to go, the V8 Supercars filed out of pit lane with Dunlop soft tyres on for a one-lap crack at pole.
Whincup, James Moffat, Nick Percat and James Courtney were on top for the blink of an eye -but it was McLaughlin who ended the session in p1, racking up his seventh ARMOR ALL Pole Award of the season.
The top 10 was separated by 0.1 of a second, with Percat and Courtney on the second row, followed by Moffat, Whincup, yesterday's double race winner van Gisbergen, Jason Bright, David Reynolds and Chaz Mostert.
Others to note include the first Erebus Lee Holdsworth in 14th.