The Bend Supercars: McLaughlin takes both Sunday poles

Scott McLaughlin will start both of today’s Supercars races at The Bend from pole position.

The Penske Ford driver was unstoppable in the back-to-back sessions, single runs in both good enough to nab both poles on offer.

In the first he was just 0.06s faster than Shane van Gisbergen, with yesterday’s polesitter Chaz Mostert just over a tenth away in third.

McLaughlin’s advantage was bigger in the second session, the Kiwi more than a tenth clear of Mostert.

“It was bloody good to go and have a crack,” said McLaughlin.

“I just love driving a car fast and putting it on the limit. I particularly love these qualifying sessions this year. It’s tough, they’re basically Shootout every time. You’re limited on tyres, so you have to do your time on those tyres.”

McLaughlin’s chief title rival Jamie Whincup was inconsistent across the sessions, the Red Bull Holden driver just 11th in the first session before qualifying third for Race 3.

Race 1 winner Fabian Coulthard was fourth in both sessions, while van Gisbergen dropped back to sixth in the second behind Nick Percat.

Race 2 qualifying results

Cla # Driver Time Gap Interval
1 17 Scott McLaughlin 1’48.072    
2 97 Shane van Gisbergen 1’48.142 0.069 0.069
3 25 Chaz Mostert 1’48.205 0.132 0.063
4 12 Fabian Coulthard 1’48.486 0.413 0.281
5 7 Andre Heimgartner 1’48.642 0.570 0.156
6 6 Cameron Waters 1’48.688 0.615 0.045
7 99 Anton De Pasquale 1’48.698 0.626 0.010
8 15 Rick Kelly 1’48.730 0.658 0.032
9 5 Lee Holdsworth 1’48.777 0.705 0.046
10 8 Nick Percat 1’48.779 0.706 0.001
11 88 Jamie Whincup 1’48.807 0.734 0.028
12 14 Todd Hazelwood 1’48.843 0.770 0.036
13 3 Macauley Jones 1’48.867 0.794 0.023
14 55 Jack Le Brocq 1’48.876 0.804 0.009
15 18 Mark Winterbottom 1’48.928 0.856 0.052
16 9 David Reynolds 1’49.049 0.977 0.120
17 35 Garry Jacobson 1’49.070 0.998 0.021
18 2 Bryce Fullwood 1’49.230 1.157 0.159
19 34 Zane Goddard 1’49.255 1.182 0.025
20 20 Scott Pye 1’49.299 1.226 0.043
21 22 Chris Pither 1’49.459 1.386 0.159
22 19 Alex Davison 1’49.706 1.634 0.247
23 4 Jack Smith 1’49.859 1.787 0.153
24 44 James Courtney 1’53.846 5.774 3.986
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Race 3 qualifying results

Cla # Driver Time Gap Interval
1 17 Scott McLaughlin 1’47.828    
2 25 Chaz Mostert 1’47.949 0.121 0.121
3 88 Jamie Whincup 1’47.952 0.124 0.003
4 12 Fabian Coulthard 1’48.096 0.268 0.144
5 8 Nick Percat 1’48.292 0.464 0.196
6 97 Shane van Gisbergen 1’48.347 0.519 0.054
7 6 Cameron Waters 1’48.404 0.576 0.057
8 7 Andre Heimgartner 1’48.445 0.617 0.040
9 20 Scott Pye 1’48.589 0.761 0.144
10 3 Macauley Jones 1’48.701 0.873 0.112
11 55 Jack Le Brocq 1’48.707 0.879 0.006
12 18 Mark Winterbottom 1’48.739 0.911 0.031
13 44 James Courtney 1’48.768 0.940 0.029
14 9 David Reynolds 1’48.828 1.000 0.059
15 14 Todd Hazelwood 1’48.829 1.001 0.001
16 5 Lee Holdsworth 1’48.833 1.005 0.003
17 15 Rick Kelly 1’48.938 1.110 0.105
18 99 Anton De Pasquale 1’49.074 1.246 0.135
19 19 Alex Davison 1’49.080 1.252 0.006
20 4 Jack Smith 1’49.246 1.418 0.165
21 34 Zane Goddard 1’49.315 1.487 0.069
22 2 Bryce Fullwood 1’49.353 1.525 0.037
23 22 Chris Pither 1’49.503 1.675 0.150
24 35 Garry Jacobson 1’49.516 1.688 0.012
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