Nissan to feature on front row

  • 16/05/2015
  • By V8 Supercars
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Michael Caruso's Nissan will start on the front row for this afternoon's first race, with Prodrive's Chaz Mostert racking up his third pole position in two events.

Mostert was convincingly quick in practice yesterday, and despite some issues with oil on the track in qualifying at the NP300 Navara Winton SuperSprint, recorded a 1min25.1215 lap around the 3km circuit.

The session was red flagged after three minutes with Scott McLaughlin's Volvo bogged at turn three after slipping on oil.

The young gun was obviously disappointed, as he'll start at the back of the grid, but took responsibility for the lock up that ultimately saw him beached in the sand.

Sympathy came from Roland Dane, given the unpredictable track conditions, but restarting with four and a half minutes left in the session, the drivers pressed on.

The Prodrive cars performed well with David Reynolds and Mark Winterbottom on the second row behind Mostert - but it was Caruso in the striking red Altima who trailed Mostert by just 0.106sec, breaking up the Ford party.

"It was an absolute lucky dip for everyone," Caruso said.

"That's not going to be good enough for this next one [a 1min25.22 lap]. Good job for everyone else in the team, we started well yesterday hopefully that has a flow on effect for the weekend."

Three of the four Nissans featured in the top 10, with Todd Kelly fifth and Rick Kelly seventh.

Jamie Whincup recovered to eighth, with Craig Lowndes 14th, and James Courtney and Garth Tander 16th and 17th respectively.

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The second qualifying session begins in minutes.

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