Cam Waters has continued where he left off at the Gold Coast 500, taking provisional pole in this afternoon’s time qualifying run on the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit.
Waters’ best time of 1:10.4635 bettered Erebus Racing’s Will Brown by just 0.0243 seconds, with David Reynolds and Shane van Gisbergen also setting times under one-tenth off the pace for third and fourth, respectively.
Second is a welcome reprieve for Brown, who started from the rear of the grid in Saturday’s race after failing to set a time in qualifying due to gear selection issues leaving him confined to the garage. He was still able to charge through the field to finish 11th in the race.
Championship leader Brodie Kostecki, whose advantage was reduced to 104 points following yesterday’s race, is again on the heels of title rival van Gisbergen, qualifying fifth, one spot behind.
Chaz Mostert and Anton De Pasquale qualified sixth and seventh, with James Golding in eighth and Matt Payne again impressing to secure ninth.
Mark Winterbottom scraped into the session in tenth, topping Scott Pye by just 0.015 seconds for a place in the Shootout.
Red Bull’s Broc Feeney fell short of progressing and will start the race 13th next to Andre Heimgartner. Feeney was unlucky to be caught out by a stricken Declan Fraser on his final run, with the Tickford driver nosed into the tyres and reducing the field to a crawl as they drove past.
James Courtney was the other driver to come into grief, going nose-first into the tyres at the Beach Chicane. He was able to return to the pit lane under his own power but had his bonnet lift and cover his windshield while en route.
Amazingly, Tickford was able to apply some quick repairs and returned Courtney to the track for his to qualify 20th.
The Top 10 Shootout begins at 2.35 pm, with the race starting at 5.15 pm.
Race 26 Starting Grid
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