Sandown Supercars: Van Gisbergen sweeps Sunday poles

Shane van Gisbergen will start both of today's Supercars races from pole position after dominating two wet qualifying sessions.

Sandown Supercars: Van Gisbergen sweeps Sunday poles

The first session started in light-but-consistent rain, the red flag coming out before anybody had time to set a lap.

The culprit was Jake Kostecki, who ended up beached in the gravel at Turn 1, complaining of a stuck throttle over the radio.

When the session got going it was the Triple Eight cars that set the pace, Jamie Whincup leading initially with a 1m18.566s before van Gisbergen took over with a 1m18.327s.

That was followed by a nervous moment for the Race 1 winner, who bounced over a kerb at Turn 2, spun through Turn 3 an ended up facing the wrong way on the entry to Turn 4.

Had that prompted a red flag he would have lost his fastest time and been booted out of the session, however van Gisbergen was able to get going under his own steam to avoid a stoppage.

That effectively sealed Race 2 pole for van Gisbergen ahead of Whincup, Chaz Mostert and Cam Waters.

The rain eased but the track stayed wet for the second session, van Gisbergen leading from start to finish.

He continued to improve along the way, starting at a 1m18.606s and ending with a pole-winning 1m18.006s.

"[The car] was awesome to drive," he said. "Following [the DJR cars] out I could tell we had plenty of grip. It's just learning the lines and trying to follow the train tracks, but the car was awesome in both sessions.

"Normally I don't like the rain but today it wasn't a bad thing. Hopefully the weather is easy, it's one or the other, rain or dry. When it's in between it gets tricky."

Whincup was second again in the second session, followed by Will Davison and David Reynolds, that pair posting their best qualifying results since making off-season team switches.

Mostert and Waters were unable to match their efforts from the first session, the pair slumping to ninth and 10th respectively in the second.

Qualifying results for Race 2

Cla # Driver Car Time Gap Interval
1 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore ZB 1'18.327
2 88 Australia Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore ZB 1'18.566 0.239 0.239
3 25 Australia Chaz Mostert
Holden Commodore ZB 1'18.807 0.480 0.240
4 6 Australia Cameron Waters
Ford Mustang GT 1'18.993 0.666 0.186
5 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner
Ford Mustang GT 1'19.110 0.783 0.117
6 44 Australia James Courtney
Ford Mustang GT 1'19.144 0.817 0.033
7 17 Australia Will Davison
Ford Mustang GT 1'19.264 0.937 0.119
8 11 Australia Anton De Pasquale
Ford Mustang GT 1'19.283 0.956 0.019
9 26 Australia David Reynolds
Ford Mustang GT 1'19.416 1.089 0.132
10 8 Australia Nick Percat
Holden Commodore ZB 1'19.437 1.110 0.021

Qualifying results for Race 3

Cla # Driver Car Time Gap Interval
1 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore ZB 1'18.006
2 88 Australia Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore ZB 1'18.363 0.356 0.356
3 17 Australia Will Davison
Ford Mustang GT 1'18.410 0.403 0.047
4 26 Australia David Reynolds
Ford Mustang GT 1'18.548 0.542 0.138
5 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner
Ford Mustang GT 1'18.716 0.710 0.168
6 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom
Holden Commodore ZB 1'18.752 0.746 0.035
7 99 Brodie Kostecki
Holden Commodore ZB 1'18.835 0.829 0.082
8 11 Australia Anton De Pasquale
Ford Mustang GT 1'18.862 0.856 0.027
9 25 Australia Chaz Mostert
Holden Commodore ZB 1'18.912 0.905 0.049
10 6 Australia Cameron Waters
Ford Mustang GT 1'18.977 0.970 0.064
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