Symmons Plains Supercars: McLaughlin storms to Saturday pole



Scott McLaughlin cruised to pole position for the first race in Tasmania by a whopping three tenths in difficult conditions.

McLaughlin braved the wet conditions to take a very comfortable pole, jumping to the top with a 57.794s – just a few hundredths clear of Shane van Gisbergen – before widening the gap with a 57.417s.

That second lap left him three tenths clear of the rest of the field, and enormous gap on the tight Tasmanian circuit.

“I’m pretty stoked,” said McLaughlin. “The car was fantastic. Hopefully we can go good in the race.”

Prodrive’s Chaz Mostert popped up in second, a 57.800s on his last lap edging him past van Gisbergen.

David Reynolds was the surprise of the session with fifth in the Erebus Holden, ahead of Triple Eight’s Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes.

Dale Wood capped off an impressive effort from Erebus with seventh, followed by Jason Bright, Todd Kelly, and Mark Winterbottom.

Fabian Coulthard, meanwhile, failed to make the Top 10, slotting into 11th after failing to improve on his crucial final run.

Will Davison had no chance of replicating his top three form from morning practice, the Tekno Holden driver ruled out of the session just six minutes in after he got bogged at the hairpin and sparked a red flag.

As a result he lost his fastest time and wasn’t able to take part in the remainder of the session, and will start today’s first race from down in 26th.