Pukekohe Supercars: Van Gisbergen puts tweaked Holden on pole

Andrew van Leeuwen

The big guns fired early in the 20-minute session, Chaz Mostert going quickest on his first run with a 1m02.009s, followed closely by Scott McLaughlin and van Gisbergen.

At the six-minute mark Cam Waters made the first appearance in the ones, lowering the benchmark to a 1m01.929s.

Mostert swiftly responded with a 1m01.902s, before van Gisbergen trumped the lot with a 1m01.753s.

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Momentum swung back in Tickford's favour as the crucial final runs kicked off, Waters going quickest with a 1m01.698s as Will Davison moved into second place.

At the same time van Gisbergen looked to have ruined his run with a costly slide at the back chicane, forcing him into a second lap on his tyre set.

But a spectacular middle sector helped the Red Bull Holden driver to pole right at the flag, van Gisbergen gapping the Tickford Mustangs by 0.15s.

It's just the second pole for a Commodore driver this season, and comes off the back of a fresh round of aero tweaks.

"I just fired up man, there's nothing like racing at home. With all the people here cheering us on, it's such a cool feeling," said van Gisbergen.

"The first lap of the second run I mucked up, and then I put it together for the last one. I'm super stoked. The race is going to be tough with a bunch of those Fords behind us and the weather coming."

Mostert made it a three-car Tickford train behind van Gisbergen, while Fabian Coulthard made a rare appearance ahead of Scott McLaughlin, the Penske pair locking out the third row.

David Reynolds was the second-best Holden driver down in seventh, followed by Lee Holdsworth, Anton De Pasquale and Nick Percat.

Jamie Whincup was a surprise omission from the top 10, the seven-time champ more than half a second off his teammate's pace down in 12th.

1

97

New Zealand
New Zealand

Shane van Gisbergen

Holden Commodore ZB

1'01.5480

2

6

Australia
Australia

Cameron Waters

Ford Mustang GT

1'01.6986

3

23

Australia
Australia

Will Davison

Ford Mustang GT

1'01.7513

4

55

Australia
Australia

Chaz Mostert

Ford Mustang GT

1'01.7804

5

12

New Zealand
New Zealand

Fabian Coulthard

Ford Mustang GT

1'01.8018

6

17

New Zealand
New Zealand

Scott McLaughlin

Ford Mustang GT

1'01.8461

7

9

Australia
Australia

David Reynolds

Holden Commodore ZB

1'01.9151

8

5

Australia
Australia

Lee Holdsworth

Ford Mustang GT

1'01.9338

9

99

Australia
Australia

Anton De Pasquale

Holden Commodore ZB

1'02.0444

10

8

Australia
Australia

Nick Percat

Holden Commodore ZB

1'02.0786

11

2

Australia
Australia

Scott Pye

Holden Commodore ZB

1'02.1043

12

88

Australia
Australia

Jamie Whincup

Holden Commodore ZB

1'02.1251

13

14

Australia
Australia

Tim Slade

Holden Commodore ZB

1'02.1477

14

33

New Zealand
New Zealand

Richie Stanaway

Holden Commodore ZB

1'02.1694

15

18

Australia
Australia

Mark Winterbottom

Holden Commodore ZB

1'02.1829

16

7

New Zealand
New Zealand

Andre Heimgartner

Nissan Altima

1'02.2470

17

3

Australia
Australia

Garry Jacobson

Nissan Altima

1'02.2680

18

34

Australia
Australia

James Golding

Holden Commodore ZB

1'02.2712

19

22

Australia
Australia

James Courtney

Holden Commodore ZB

1'02.3129

20

35

Australia
Australia

Todd Hazelwood

Holden Commodore ZB

1'02.3532

21

21

Australia
Australia

Macauley Jones

Holden Commodore ZB

1'02.3648

22

15

Australia
Australia

Rick Kelly

Nissan Altima

1'02.4633

23

78

Switzerland
Switzerland

Simona de Silvestro

Nissan Altima

1'02.6325

24

19

Australia
Australia

Jack Le Brocq

Holden Commodore ZB

1'03.1087

 

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