DJR Team Penske pushes Red Bull
- By Kassie Gadeke
- Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
Shane van Gisbergen’s blistering form has continued today at the ITM Auckland SuperSprint, the New Zealander taking his third ARMOR ALL Pole Position for the weekend.
But DJR Team Penske pushed the quick Kiwi, with his 1min02.9107sec lap just seven one-thousandths quicker than Scott Pye. Pye's teammate Fabian Coulthard was tucked into third, to start on the second row while gunning for his first Supercars Pukekohe win.
Pye was shocked by the gap, admitting he made errors on the hot lap that cost him pole.
“I didn’t realise it was that close – front row is great but it’s bittersweet, so annoying!” he said.
“Coming onto the front straight I dropped the rear left and had a moment, probably cost us a tenth.
“There were a heap of little mistakes in there and when it’s that close you can’t get away with that ... we’ve got to get everything right.
“I want to make a little change and we’ll go again.”
Coulthard was also cautious of making changes that may impede them in the second run.
Mark Winterbottom lines up fourth with yesterday’s race one winner Jamie Whincup in fifth after finishing second in yesterday’s second race.
The two men fighting for third in the championship will start alongside on the fourth row, Craig Lowndes and Scott McLaughlin locking in positions seven and eight.
After an overnight rebuild, Jason Bright was back on track and will start from 14th.
Cam Waters suffered with a high speed spin early in the session and landed 21st.
One final 10-minute qualifying session remains.