Scott McLaughlin sets the pace at Winton.
Scott McLaughlin sets the pace at Winton.

McLaughlin notches up career pole No. 40 at Winton

DIFFERENT day, same result across the first two rows of the grid in Supercars qualifying at Winton.

Scott McLaughlin took his seventh pole position of the year on Sunday to head an all-DJR Team Penske front row alongside Fabian Coulthard.

And once again it's the two Nissans that will line up from Row 2, Saturday's race winner Rick Kelly ahead of Michael Caruso.

The pole position is the 40th of McLaughlin's career, moving him ahead of Ford legend Allan Moffat on the all time list. Ahead of him now are Mark Skaife (41), Craig Lowndes (42), Peter Brock (57) and Jamie Whincup (77).

"That's nice," McLaughlin said. "Always like a good stat, but great for the team, another front row lockout.

"Hopefully I don't balls it up like I did yesterday and we can have a good race."

The session started with a bang - literally - for Mark Winterbottom and Shane van Gisbergen.

The latter was on his out-lap when he collided with the former at the Turn 5 sweeper, the Bottle-O Ford touring the paddock while both cars headed back to the pits with punctured tyre, Winterbottom's also sustaining steering damage.

Mark Winterbottom copped a knock in qualifying. Picture Chris Kidd
Mark Winterbottom copped a knock in qualifying. Picture Chris Kidd

Both would go on to set times in the session, SVG qualifying seventh while Winterbottom struggled to 18th.

Triple Eight team manager Mark Dutton didn't think Winterbottom should have been out there at all.

"I don't know why they're letting him do qualifying, he should be excluded," he said.

"You get grid positions if you slightly hold a car up, so drilling a car on the out-lap ..."

Stewards indicated they would investigate the incident after the session, with both drivers pointing the finger of blame at each other.

Chaz Mostert gave Tickford something to crow about with fifth on the grid ahead of Saturday podium finisher Scott Pye, with Jamie Whincup joining his Triple Eight teammate on the fourth row. Tim Slade and Richie Stanaway rounded out the top 10.

Jamie Whincup will start on the fourth row. Picture Chris Kidd
Jamie Whincup will start on the fourth row. Picture Chris Kidd

No Erebus car featured inside the top 10 for the first time this season, Anton De Pasquale managing 17th, while a suspension problem linked to his Lap 1 clashes on Saturday ended David Reynolds' session early, consigning him to last place.

"Yeah, not the best start to a qualifying session," Reynolds said.

"I think some of the bearings fell out of the bottom arm or something, so probably related to yesterday.

"It's a team sport at the end of the day; if I didn't want a team sport I'd play golf or tennis."

Simona De Silvestro also suffered a steering problem late in the session, leaving her down in 21st, while Craig Lowndes will also look to charge through the field for the third race in a row from 23rd on the grid.



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