Van Gisbergen scores 2nd pole in Darwin

Holden speedster Shane van Gisbergen will start the final Supercars sprint in Darwin from pole position – the second time this weekend.

The Kiwi driver went quickest in the top 10 shootout on Sunday morning, outpacing Nissan veteran Todd Kelly who was second on the timesheets.

Ford’s Mark Winterbottom qualified in third, with Tim Slade of Holden in fourth and Rick Kelly’s Altima fifth.

Championship leader Jamie Whincup will start the 70-lap race from 10th after a mistake late in his hot lap cost him crucial time around Hidden Valley Raceway.

His Triple Eight Race Engineering teammate Craig Lowndes managed only the sixth quickest time, ahead of Volvo young gun Scott McLaughlin.

Lowndes broke the lap record in qualifying earlier, but speed was down in the shootout amid warmer temperatures and a slippery track surface.

Van Gisbergen secured pole position in Saturday’s shorter 42-lap race, but an early getaway during a safety car restart attracted a drive-through penalty and cost him likely victory.

“Hopefully no mistakes today,” he said.

“Front row again, we’ve just got to convert.”

Sunday’s race begins at 1.30pm local time (2pm AEST).


Shane van Gisbergen (Holden)

Todd Kelly (Nissan)

Mark Winterbottom (Ford)

Tim Slade (Holden)

Ricky Kelly (Nissan)

Craig Lowndes (Holden)

Scott McLaughlin (Volvo)

Chaz Mostert (Ford)

Michael Caruso (Nissan)

Jamie Whincup (Holden)

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