BENALLA, Victoria, Australia — Report by Race Chaser Online International Motorsport Correspondent Jack Cobourn — Robert Cianflone/Getty Images AsiaPac photo —
Chaz Mostert won the ARMOR ALL Pole Award for Sunday’s race at the Woodstock Winton SuperSprint, breaking the V8 Supercars Championship track record at Winton Motor Raceway with a stunning clip of 1:18.760 and scoring his third pole of the season.
Mostert said he credited his engineer for the incredible lap, as the setup was perfect on his No. 55 SuperCheap Auto Ford FG X Falcon.
“We were a little bit behind the eight ball in practice, but he stuck to his guns and gave me a really fast car,” Mostert said after scoring his 13th career Supercars pole. “The new surface that’s been laid down here at Winton really makes the category close. I’m glad to be starting P1; it’s very cutthroat out there.”
Just when it looked like Mostert was well and truly safe in the 20-minute session, Fabian Coulthard’s DJR Team Penske Ford shot a 1:18.766, jumping to second and sitting just .006 of a second shy at the end of the round.
While it wasn’t enough for the pole, it was an encouraging moment for the veteran.
“It’s a good turnaround from yesterday – we should’ve done a reasonable lap but I made an error through the sweeper and you can’t afford to do that. Hopefully we can turn it around [today],” Coulthard said. “We did a lap record yesterday during the race – having front end damage didn’t help, but we had a fast car.”
Craig Lowndes put a bad Saturday performance in qualifying behind him with the third-fastest time, clocking a 1:18.822 second lap for Team Vortex. Saturday winner Tim Slade went fourth (1:18.898) and Michael Caruso’s Nissan rounded out the fast five (1:18.936).
Scott McLaughlin’s Volvo gave all four manufacturers representation among the top six, with Rick Kelly, six-time champion Jamie Whincup, WIll Davison and reigning titlist Mark Winterbottom filling out the front five rows of the grid.
In all, the 26-car field was separated by one second, with the top eight breaking the former track record.
The 200 km finale of the Woodstock Winton SuperSprint takes the green flag at 1:45 p.m. local time on Sunday.
RESULTS: V8 Supercars Championship; ARMOR ALL Pole Qualifying; Woodstock Winton SuperSprint; May 22, 2016
- Chaz Mostert
- Fabian Coulthard
- Craig Lowndes
- Tim Slade
- Michael Caruso
- Scott McLaughlin
- Rick Kelly
- Jamie Whincup
- Will Davison
- Mark Winterbottom
- Cameron Waters
- Shane van Gisbergen
- Scott Pye
- Lee Holdsworth
- Chris Pither
- Tim Blanchard
- David Reynolds
- Jason Bright
- Garth Tander
- James Courtney
- Dale Wood
- Todd Kelly
- James Moffat
- Andre Heimgartner
- Nick Percat
- Aaren Russell
About the Writer
Jack Cobourn is the international motorsports correspondent at Race Chaser Online, and covers the V8 Supercars Championship, Rally Cars and the FIA World Rally Championship.
Cobourn has been an avid follower of motorsports for years, having not missed a Formula One race in 16 seasons. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware, with a degree in history and a minor in journalism.
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