Van Gisbergen dominates Gold Coast Shootout

30 Oct 2022
Champion-elect flies to Race 32 pole
2 mins by James Pavey
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Shane van Gisbergen is in the box seat to score a 21st win of 2022 after dominating the Sunday Gold Coast Shootout.

Van Gisbergen, who scored provisional pole, left the field for dead in the one-lap dash.

The champion-elect clocked a 1:10.313s, which proved 0.3s quicker than Will Davison.

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It was the seventh pole of the year, and 45th overall, for the New Zealander.

"I had to try and do what Davey did yesterday," he said of David Reynolds' Saturday flyer.

"I had to switch it on that first lap. It felt awesome, but we've gotta do it in the race.

"We've made a few changes, but not too many, the car's pretty good.

"Right from when I first weaved, I knew we had big grip compared to yesterday.

'Had to do what Davey did!': SVG on pole lap

"I'm pretty tired and sore, but I know everyone down the field is the same."

Cam Waters and Chaz Mostert will share the second row, with Scott Pye impressing to fifth.

James Golding was first out in the one-lap dash, which also marked PremiAir Racing's first Shootout appearance.

Brodie Kostecki's 1:10.949s held sway when Anton De Pasquale made an error at Turn 11.

De Pasquale was only good enough for 10th, having lost a swag of time when he bowled a wide at the left-hander.

Thomas Randle was also unable to unseat the #99 Boost Mobile Commodore before Pye went just 0.03s faster.

Mostert, Waters and Davison all improved, with Davison setting a 1:10.636s for van Gisbergen to beat.

The Red Bull Ampol Racing driver went quickest in the final two sectors and secured his record-equalling sixth Surfers pole.

Van Gisbergen drew level with former teammate Jamie Whincup on six Gold Coast pole positions.

The 33-year-old will carry a 606-point lead over Waters into Sunday's Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 finale.

The 85-lap Race 32 will commence at 2:15pm local time.

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