Townsville Supercars: McLaughlin, Hazelwood star in qualifying

Scott McLaughlin took provisional pole on the streets of Townsville, as Todd Hazelwood starred to secure a Top 10 Shootout berth.

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Townsville Supercars: McLaughlin, Hazelwood star in qualifying

McLaughlin went quickest around the midway point of the 20-minute session, taking over from early pacesetter Lee Holdsworth with a 1m12.119s.

That time proved good enough to secure provisional pole, McLaughlin set to run last in the Top 10 Shootout despite not improving on his final run.

Saturday polesitter David Reynolds ended the session second after improving on his final run, while Todd Hazelwood booked his second career Shootout berth with an impressive late lap that put him third.

“That’s awesome. [I] absolutely nailed that lap, threw the car on the line and the iSeek Commodore was on rails,” said Hazelwood.

“I can’t thank the whole team at Matt Stone Racing enough for giving me the car to do it. I’m pumped.”

Shane van Gisbergen finished the session fifth despite missing his final run, followed by Cam Waters, Anton De Pasquale and James Courtney.

Fabian Coulthard was eighth in the second Penske Mustang, with Lee Holdsworth and Tim Slade rounding out those that qualified for the single-lap dash.

Jamie Whincup won't be appearing in the Shootout, set-up woes meaning the Red Bull Holden driver will start from 12th.

“We took a massive swing with the set-up, which we have been all weekend, and the car wasn’t as good then,” he said.

“I’d rather learn than anything. Disappointed to miss the Shootout, but it all makes sense because we’re changing massively.”

Chaz Mostert fared even worse, the third-place finisher from yesterday's race set to start from 16th after his own set-up gamble didn't work.

“At the end of the day we’re trying to catch one car out there, one car is doing a fantastic job and has been the benchmark all year,” said Mostert.

“We’re trying to do some things with the car to try and bridge that gap.

"Yesterday we had a good car but didn’t have a good race car, and today I just couldn’t feel the car under me.”

Cla # Driver Car Time Gap
1 17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin Ford Mustang GT 1'12.1193  
2 9 Australia David Reynolds Holden Commodore ZB 1'12.2611 0.1418
3 35 Australia Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 1'12.3247 0.2054
4 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1'12.3425 0.2232
5 6 Australia Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 1'12.3693 0.2500
6 99 Australia Anton De Pasquale Holden Commodore ZB 1'12.3837 0.2644
7 22 Australia James Courtney Holden Commodore ZB 1'12.3934 0.2741
8 333 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Ford Mustang GT 1'12.3969 0.2776
9 5 Australia Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 1'12.4363 0.3170
10 14 Australia Tim Slade Holden Commodore ZB 1'12.4717 0.3524
11 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Nissan Altima 1'12.4961 0.3768
12 88 Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 1'12.5080 0.3887
13 8 Australia Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 1'12.5082 0.3889
14 23 Australia Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 1'12.5156 0.3963
15 100 Australia Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1'12.5623 0.4430
16 55 Australia Chaz Mostert Ford Mustang GT 1'12.5699 0.4506
17 2 Australia Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 1'12.8011 0.6818
18 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 1'12.8384 0.7191
19 21 Australia Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 1'12.9385 0.8192
20 34 Australia James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 1'12.9573 0.8380
21 19 Australia Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 1'13.0503 0.9310
22 3 Australia Garry Jacobson Nissan Altima 1'13.0964 0.9771
23 78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro Nissan Altima 1'13.1006 0.9813
24 33 Australia Michael Caruso Holden Commodore ZB 1'13.2570 1.1377
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