Two from two for Gizzy
- By Kassie Gadeke
- Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
Despite spinning on track when pushing their hardest, the Red Bulls have locked out the front row for the second time today at the ITM Auckland SuperSprint.
Shane van Gisbergen has been unstoppable at home, churning out a 1min02.2186 lap in the second run – faster than his earlier time and 0.0481sec ahead of teammate Jamie Whincup.
The Kiwi is focusing on championship points and the Jason Richards Memorial Trophy, chasing his best Supercars results on home soil this weekend.
“It’s been awesome the car’s been fantastic all week. We’re in a good spot this afternoon, looking forward to the races,” Van Gisbergen said.
“It’s a special moment (getting pole), the job’s not done but so stoked. Thanks to the people up on the hill.”
Jumping up in that session was Supercheap Auto’s Chaz Mostert, starting third on the grid after battling hard in the 10-minute run.
“The first one (qualifying session) I’m tenth and the last one, third,” Mostert said.
“It’s such a commitment track, you have to really have a go through one and two.
“If you can somehow pull it up, it’s a big gain. I’m pretty ecstatic with that after where we’ve been running in practice.”
Alongside Mostert on the second row is the next Kiwi in the order, Fabian Coulthard for DJR Team Penske.
Bathurst winner Will Davison shot up the order to fifth, with former teammate Mark Winterbottom dropping to the third row in the second run.
It was a huge change of fortunes for the Holden Racing Team, with Garth Tander and James Courtney in 15th and 16th, after finishing fifth and sixth in the first qualifying session.
After tapping the wall on the front straight in the first session, Tim Slade's Freightliner Commodore did not go out to qualifying in the second.
Race one – a 100km sprint to the flag – kicks off at 2.25pm local time.