Darwin Supercars: McLaughlin, van Gisbergen share poles

Scott McLaughlin and Shane van Gisbergen took a pole position each from a thrilling battle across the back-to-back Sunday sessions.

There was little between the two Kiwis in both 10-minute sessions, McLaughlin getting the better of his rival in the first to the tune of just 0.05s to grab pole for Race 2.

Van Gisbergen then hit back in fine style in the second session, tucking in behind Fabian Coulthard to get a tow that helped him pip McLaughlin by 0.03s for the Race 3 pole.

For van Gisbergen the strong performance vindicated the decision to change his motor overnight.

“It’s awesome. I have to thank the guys, they put in a big effort changing the motor last night, and then [engineer Grant McPherson] going through the set-up,” said van Gisbergen.

“We just had to go back to basics. The car was awesome. Right from when I left pitlane we were up the front again.”

Team 18 continued its strong showing, Scott Pye qualifying an impressive third, two spots ahead of teammate Mark Winterbottom, for the first race.

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