Pukekohe Supercars: Van Gisbergen puts tweaked Holden on pole
Shane van Gisbergen took Holden's second pole of the 2019 Supercars season with a stunning last-gasp lap at Pukekohe.
The big guns fired early in the 20-minute session, Chaz Mostert going quickest on his first run with a 1m02.009s, followed closely by Scott McLaughlin and van Gisbergen.
At the six-minute mark Cam Waters made the first appearance in the ones, lowering the benchmark to a 1m01.929s.
Mostert swiftly responded with a 1m01.902s, before van Gisbergen trumped the lot with a 1m01.753s.
Momentum swung back in Tickford's favour as the crucial final runs kicked off, Waters going quickest with a 1m01.698s as Will Davison moved into second place.
At the same time van Gisbergen looked to have ruined his run with a costly slide at the back chicane, forcing him into a second lap on his tyre set.
But a spectacular middle sector helped the Red Bull Holden driver to pole right at the flag, van Gisbergen gapping the Tickford Mustangs by 0.15s.
It's just the second pole for a Commodore driver this season, and comes off the back of a fresh round of aero tweaks.
"I just fired up man, there's nothing like racing at home. With all the people here cheering us on, it's such a cool feeling," said van Gisbergen.
"The first lap of the second run I mucked up, and then I put it together for the last one. I'm super stoked. The race is going to be tough with a bunch of those Fords behind us and the weather coming."
Mostert made it a three-car Tickford train behind van Gisbergen, while Fabian Coulthard made a rare appearance ahead of Scott McLaughlin, the Penske pair locking out the third row.
David Reynolds was the second-best Holden driver down in seventh, followed by Lee Holdsworth, Anton De Pasquale and Nick Percat.
Jamie Whincup was a surprise omission from the top 10, the seven-time champ more than half a second off his teammate's pace down in 12th.
|1||97||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||1'01.5480|
|2||6||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||1'01.6986|
|3||23||Will Davison||Ford Mustang GT||1'01.7513|
|4||55||Chaz Mostert||Ford Mustang GT||1'01.7804|
|5||12||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Mustang GT||1'01.8018|
|6||17||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Mustang GT||1'01.8461|
|7||9||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore ZB||1'01.9151|
|8||5||Lee Holdsworth||Ford Mustang GT||1'01.9338|
|9||99||Anton De Pasquale||Holden Commodore ZB||1'02.0444|
|10||8||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||1'02.0786|
|11||2||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||1'02.1043|
|12||88||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||1'02.1251|
|13||14||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore ZB||1'02.1477|
|14||33||Richie Stanaway||Holden Commodore ZB||1'02.1694|
|15||18||Mark Winterbottom||Holden Commodore ZB||1'02.1829|
|16||7||Andre Heimgartner||Nissan Altima||1'02.2470|
|17||3||Garry Jacobson||Nissan Altima||1'02.2680|
|18||34||James Golding||Holden Commodore ZB||1'02.2712|
|19||22||James Courtney||Holden Commodore ZB||1'02.3129|
|20||35||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1'02.3532|
|21||21||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore ZB||1'02.3648|
|22||15||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1'02.4633|
|23||78||Simona de Silvestro||Nissan Altima||1'02.6325|
|24||19||Jack Le Brocq||Holden Commodore ZB||1'03.1087|
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