Van Gisbergen beats Waters to Race 13 pole

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 21/05/2022
  • By James Pavey

Shane van Gisbergen has pipped Cam Waters to Race 13 pole at the Pizza Hut Winton SuperSprint.

Van Gisbergen emerged quickest of all in three-part ARMOR ALL Qualifying to claim his first Winton pole.

Waters was just 0.04s behind in third, with Chaz Mostert and Will Brown third and fourth.

It marked van Gisbergen's 41st career pole, drawing the series leader level with Mark Skaife.

It was also van Gisbergen's third pole of the season, and second in a row.

"[The car] was really good but better than the driver," he said.

"I kept making mistakes and in that one I had a problem; I couldn’t get sixth [gear] on the front straight and hung on the limiter.

"I didn’t lose much but still annoying... it’s very hard to drive here. There’s so much grip, the car's really alive.

"It’s really cool, it’s the fastest we have been here on this tyre [Super Soft] as well so enjoying but let’s see how we go in the race.

David Reynolds, who was quick in practice, Q1 and Q2, was only good enough for seventh in Q3.

Van Gisbergen and Reynolds went head-to-head in Q1, with the former quickest by just 0.01s.

Todd Hazelwood, Nick Percat, Jordan Boys, Tim Slade, Chris Pither, Jack Smith and Garry Jacobson failed to progress to Q2.

It was a better story for wildcard Jayden Ojeda, who not only out-qualified Percat, but reached Q2.

Reynolds, Mostert and Waters were covered by just 0.07s heading in Q3.

Will Davison, meanwhile, gambled on used rubber and qualified a lowly 13th.

Brown set the early Q3 running with a 1:18.409s before retreating to the garage.

It would be van Gisbergen who secured pole, with Waters missing out on a maiden Winton pole of his own by the barest of margins.

Van Gisbergen managed to clinch pole despite a bobble between Turn 6 and 7.

Mostert, who struggled to reach the top 20 in Perth, was just 0.144s from pole.

Holdsworth and De Pasquale will start fifth and sixth ahead of Reynolds, Broc Feeney, Andre Heimgartner and Scott Pye.

The 36-lap Race 13 will commence at 3:35pm local time.

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