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Phillip Island Supercars: McLaughlin snares record pole

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Phillip Island Supercars: McLaughlin snares record pole
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Apr 23, 2017, 1:27 AM

Scott McLaughlin stormed to pole position for today’s second Supercars race at Phillip Island with a lap record-busting time.

Ludo Lacroix, Polesitter Scott McLaughlin, Team Penske Ford
Scott McLaughlin, Team Penske Ford
Jamie Whincup, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Mark Winterbottom, Prodrive Racing Australia Ford

The DJR Team Penske driver went under his own unofficial lap record – set during yesterday's qualifying session – on his first run with a 1m29.333s.

That time would have been good enough for a fourth consecutive pole at Phillip Island, but he still went out again and lowered the benchmark down to a stunning 1m29.062s on his final run.

“That was fun,” he said. “I love it. I’ve got a great car and great team behind me.

“My car was sensational. It suited me so well, a bit of a slide but it was a lot of fun. There's no such thing as a perfect lap, but that was close.“

Fabian Coulthard found half a tenth on his final run to make it a second DJRTP front-row lockout, although he was 0.28s behind his teammate.

Jamie Whincup found three tenths on his final run to grab third with a 1m29.406s, while Mark Winterbottom led a trio of Prodrive Racing Australia Fords ahead of Cam Waters and Chaz Mostert.

Craig Lowndes went quicker on both laps on his final run to slot into seventh, ahead of Triple Eight teammate Shane van Gisbergen, who couldn’t trouble the front runners after a mid-session spring change.

“By our standards, that’s not very good,” he said. “The balance was good., the grip just want’t there. We’re missing something, but we’ll get there.”

Nissan drivers Michael Caruso and Rick Kelly rounded out the Top 10.

ClaDriverCarTimeGap
1 17 new_zealand  Scott McLaughlin  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'29.0621  
2 12 new_zealand  Fabian Coulthard  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'29.3462 0.2841
3 88 australia  Jamie Whincup  Holden Commodore VF 1'29.4060 0.3439
4 5 australia  Mark Winterbottom  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'29.6765 0.6144
5 6 australia  Cameron Waters  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'29.7032 0.6411
6 55 australia  Chaz Mostert  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'29.7236 0.6615
7 888 australia  Craig Lowndes  Holden Commodore VF 1'29.8470 0.7849
8 97 new_zealand  Shane van Gisbergen  Holden Commodore VF 1'29.9305 0.8684
9 23 australia  Michael Caruso  Nissan Altima 1'29.9915 0.9294
10 15 australia  Rick Kelly  Nissan Altima 1'30.0638 1.0017
11 9 australia  David Reynolds  Holden Commodore VF 1'30.0663 1.0042
12 14 australia  Tim Slade  Holden Commodore VF 1'30.0694 1.0073
13 22 australia  James Courtney  Holden Commodore VF 1'30.1206 1.0585
14 56 australia  Jason Bright  Ford Falcon FG-X 1'30.1857 1.1236
15 18 australia  Lee Holdsworth  Holden Commodore VF 1'30.2988 1.2367
16 7 australia  Todd Kelly  Nissan Altima 1'30.3133 1.2512
17 19 australia  Will Davison  Holden Commodore VF 1'30.3958 1.3337
18 2 australia  Scott Pye  Holden Commodore VF 1'30.4078 1.3457
19 8 australia  Nick Percat  Holden Commodore VF 1'30.4605 1.3984
20 33 australia  Garth Tander  Holden Commodore VF 1'30.5572 1.4951
21 78 switzerland  Simona de Silvestro  Nissan Altima 1'30.6349 1.5728
22 99 australia  Dale Wood  Holden Commodore VF 1'30.6834 1.6213
23 34 australia  James Moffat  Holden Commodore VF 1'30.7036 1.6415
24 21 australia  Tim Blanchard  Holden Commodore VF 1'30.9313 1.8692
25 62 australia  Alex Rullo  Holden Commodore VF 1'31.2149 2.1528
26 3 australia  Taz Douglas  Holden Commodore VF 1'31.3978 2.3357
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