SVG grabs pole for race one
- By Kassie Gadeke
- Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
Shane van Gisbergen has earned the first ARMOR ALL Pole Position at Pukekohe, locking out the front row with his Red Bull Racing Australia teammate Jamie Whincup.
The Kiwi delivered the first blow with his 1min02.5122, 0.0055sec ahead of six-time Supercars champ Whincup.
Fellow countryman Scott McLaughlin starts right behind on the second row with Mark Winterbottom alongside.
“The car’s awesome just didn’t quite have enough there,” McLaughlin said.
“Car’s good, I’ll do it again and see if we have pole. It was damaged yesterday afternoon and didn’t get a lap.”
Holden Racing Team has taken the third row, with two Nissans also inside the top 10, with Rick Kelly seventh and Michael Caruso ninth.
“Hard to gauge where track’s at because of rain, pace is a bit slower than yesterday,” Garth Tander said.
“A small change and we’ll try it again… we want about eight one-hundredths worth of more grip.”
Others to note include yesterday’s early fast man David Reynolds in 13th and Craig Lowndes in 21st.
James Moffat found himself in the tyres late in the session, while Tim Slade’s Freightliner Commodore had to be rescued at the end, stranded on the front straight.
Teams have 15 minutes between sessions for changes before another 10-minute session for the day’s second race.