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Winton Supercars: Mostert snatches pole from Coulthard

Winton Supercars: Mostert snatches pole from Coulthard
May 25, 2019, 4:14 AM

Some last-lap heroics helped Chaz Mostert snatch the Saturday pole from Fabian Coulthard at Winton.

The pair staged a tight-fought battle in the closing stages of the three-part qualifying, Mostert forced to run down Coulthard on his final run.

The Penske driver – who came all the way from Q1 – had set a benchmark of 1m20.891s in tricky, slightly damp conditions, Mostert responding with a 1m20.622s right at the flag.

“This is for all the boys and girls at Tickford,” Mostert said.

“It’s been a bit of an up and down year for us and these poles don’t come easily.”

It could have been a three-way fight for pole, Scott McLaughlin having gone purple in the first sector of his final lap. However he ran wide of the dry line heading into Turn 7, which meant he didn't improve on his best time, and slipped back to fifth.

That was good news for David Reynolds, who also went through Q1, and James Courtney, the pair slotting into third and fourth.

Mark Winterbottom will start sixth, Scott Pye capping off a promising session for Walkinshaw Andretti United with seventh.

There was a pair of surprise Top 10 participants next, James Golding and Garry Jacobson eighth and ninth.

It was a quiet session for Triple Eight, Jamie Whincup the best of the Red Bull Holdens in 10th. His teammate Shane van Gisbergen didn't even make it into Q2, the Kiwi set to start today's race from 12th.

Cam Waters will start 11th, as the unlucky man on the Q1/Q2 bubble. The Tickford Mustang driver was bumped out of the Top 10 by Reynolds during a frantic end to the middle segment.

Earlier in the session there were some big names that didn't make it out of Q1, including Mustang-shod Will Davison, who will start way down in 16th.

Brad Jones Racing pair Nick Percat and Tim Slade couldn't get beyond the first segment either, Percat left stranded in 17th while Slade will start from 19th.

Cla # Driver Car Time
1 55 Australia Chaz Mostert Ford Mustang GT 1'20.6224
2 12 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Ford Mustang GT 1'20.8919
3 9 Australia David Reynolds Holden Commodore ZB 1'21.1810
4 22 Australia James Courtney Holden Commodore ZB 1'21.2146
5 17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin Ford Mustang GT 1'21.3879
6 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 1'21.6373
7 2 Australia Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 1'21.7246
8 3 Australia Garry Jacobson Nissan Altima 1'21.7794
9 34 Australia James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 1'21.8725
10 88 Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 1'23.1525
11 6 Australia Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 1'31.7754
12 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1'31.8773
13 99 Australia Anton De Pasquale Holden Commodore ZB 1'32.0588
14 5 Australia Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 1'32.1024
15 15 Australia Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1'32.4853
16 23 Australia Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 1'31.3452
17 8 Australia Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 1'31.3589
18 33 New Zealand Richie Stanaway Holden Commodore ZB 1'31.4518
19 14 Australia Tim Slade Holden Commodore ZB 1'31.9037
20 21 Australia Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 1'32.1375
21 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Nissan Altima 1'32.3083
22 78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro Nissan Altima 1'32.5603
23 35 Australia Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 1'32.6082
24 4 United States Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 1'33.2653
25 19 Australia Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 1'36.0968
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