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Supergrid: How the grid stacks up after Round 5

Supercars
28 Jun
The 2024 qualifying pecking order has some surprises and shocks after five rounds
3 mins by James Pavey
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  • Will Brown, Broc Feeney front row of average 2024 start grid

  • Brown has started and finished each race in the top 10

  • James Golding, Nick Percat biggest movers on average grid

It should be no surprise that championship leader Will Brown has the best qualifying average through five rounds in 2024, even though he has one pole position.

After Round 5 in Darwin, which hosted Races 11 and 12 of the season, Brown has an average start position of 4.00, has started no lower than ninth, and has qualified on the front two rows eight times.

Supercars.com has created a 'Supergrid' to illustrate the 2024 qualifying pecking order, with the Supergrid created rom the average qualifying figures from the 12 races so far.

Behind Brown is teammate Broc Feeney, who along with Cam Waters, has three poles. However, both drivers' averages have been affected by wobbles throughout the season. Feeney qualified in the mid-pack in Taupō (13th) and Perth (12th), while Waters missed out in Bathurst (20th and 18th), Taupō (12th) and Darwin (19th).

Chaz Mostert split Brown and Feeney heading to Darwin, where a qualifying nightmare (22nd and 20th) saw his average drop from 4.00 to 6.83.

So, what of the rest of the field, and whose one-lap pace isn't matched by their championship position?

One-lap struggles

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The three drivers whose qualifying rankings differ the most from their current championship positions are Nick Percat, James Golding and Will Davison.

Percat, Golding and Davison are fourth, fifth and seventh in the championship, but are buried in the mid-pack when it comes to the Supergrid.

Percat has nine top 10 finishes, but has started lower than 13th on seven occasions. Golding moved to fifth in the championship in Darwin, but his average qualifying position has him 13th on the Supergrid, eight positions worse off.

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Andre Heimgartner and David Reynolds are 11th and 12th in the championship, but are 20th and 18th respectively in qualifying.

The flip-side

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Matt Payne has two poles and is fifth on the Supergrid, but dropped to ninth in the championship in Darwin. After a strong start to the season, Payne's average qualifying position across Perth and Darwin is 12.00, and finished a race no higher than eighth.

Last year's Pole Champion Award winner, Brodie Kostecki, has qualified in the top six three times in six attempts since his comeback, but his podium in the Darwin finale was his first race finish in the top 10.

Golding's teammate Tim Slade is 11th on average in qualifying, but race results have eluded the veteran, who is 19th in the championship after Darwin. Slade has qualified in the top 10 in his last six attempts, but has been unable to convert to a top 10 in the races.

2024 Supergrid (Average qualifying position after Round 5)

Supergrid

Driver

Av. qual.

Ch'ship pos

1st

Brown

4.00

1st

2nd

Feeney

4.33

2nd

3rd

Mostert

6.83

3rd

4th

Waters

7.92

6th

5th

Payne

8.00

9th

6th

De Pasquale

8.08

8th

7th

Kostecki*

8.50

24th

8th

Le Brocq

10.92

13th

9th

Randle

11.75

14th

10th

Hill

11.83

16th

11th

Slade

11.83

19th

12th

Hazelwood*

12.17

25th

13th

Golding

12.42

5th

14th

Percat

12.92

4th

15th

Davison

12.92

7th

16th

Stanaway

12.92

10th

17th

Wood

13.17

17th

18th

Reynolds

13.50

11th

19th

Fullwood

14.75

20th

20th

Heimgartner

15.17

12th

21st

Murray^

16.50

26th

22nd

Winterbottom

17.08

15th

23rd

Courtney

18.00

18th

24th

Evans

20.67

21st

25th

Jones

20.83

22nd

26th

Love

21.25

23rd

*Hazelwood substituted for Kostecki at first two rounds

^Wildcard start in Darwin

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