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DJR duo miss Gold Coast Supercars shootout

Championship contenders Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin are the shock exclusions from Sunday’s Supercars top 10 shootout for pole position on the Gold Coast.

Title rival Shane Van Gisbergen led the field in Sunday’s 20-minute qualifying session, topping the timesheets with a 1min 10.3701sec fastest lap of the 2.96km Surfers Paradise street circuit.

Bathurst champion David Reynolds (1:10.4707) was the second-quickest qualifier for the shootout while Saturday’s race winner Chaz Mostert (1:10.4783) was third.

But it was the struggles of DJR Team Penske pair Coulthard and McLaughlin which caught the eye.

After both finished outside the top 10 in Saturday’s rain-marred 94-lap race, neither could bounce back in the sunshine on Sunday.

McLaughlin, who has dominated qualifying this year with 14 pole positions, will start Sunday’s 300km race from 13th and cut a frustrated figure after the session.

“We just didn’t quite have it right there. I don’t know what happened,” McLaughlin told Fox Sports.

Coulthard, who holds a narrow 37-point championship lead, will start the race from a lowly 22nd.

Other drivers to qualify for the shootout include championship challenger Jamie Whincup, Endurance Cup-hunting Cameron Waters and Supercars veterans Craig Lowndes, James Courtney and Mark Winterbottom.

The qualifying session had a fiery end when the Holden of Tim Slade suffered engine failure.

Slade, who finished third in Saturday’s race along with co-driver Andre Heimgartner, drove his smoking Commodore into pit lane and will face a nervous wait to know if the car will be repaired in time for Sunday’s race.

Sunday’s shootout begins at 11.40am (12.40pm AEDT) before the 102-lap race gets under way at 2.25pm (3.25pm AEDT).

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