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Kostecki snares first Supercars pole

Brodie Kostecki has claimed the first pole position of his Supercars career for Sunday’s 300km race at Sydney Motorsport Park.

In challenging wet conditions, Erebus Motorsport’s Kostecki clocked a one minute and 39.5216 second lap in Sunday’s top 10 shootout to edge out Shell V-Power Racing’s Anton De Pasquale (1:39.6288).

“Just a credit to the whole team,” Kostecki told Fox Sports.

“We weren’t very good here in the wet when we were here last year so George (Commins, engineer) definitely tuned her up and she felt awesome in qualifying and I just got a bit of luck in the shootout with no mistakes.”

Ford’s Cameron Waters (1:39.8429) will start from third alongside Red Bull Ampol Racing teenager Broc Feeney (1:40.1088).

The 19-year-old Feeney, in his first event as the replacement for retired seven-time champion Jamie Whincup, is the first driver since three-time champion Scott McLaughlin to make it into the first two shootouts of their career.

“It’s been a pretty cool weekend so far,” Feeney told Fox Sports.

“Obviously to get into both shootouts has been awesome.

“Still got a lot to learn in these shootouts and improve on but fourth is a good start in the wet.”

Bathurst champion Chaz Mostert qualified fastest for the shootout but increasing rain on his lap meant he could only post a 1:40.8010 and will start from seventh.

“The track was getting better and better, you could see the guys were going faster and faster, but unfortunately the track turned back to kind of where the first car rolled out,” Mostert told Fox Sports.

“You win some. You lose some. That’s the way it is, positive thing is we seem to have a pretty good car in those conditions.”

There was a shock earlier in the day when defending series champion Shane Van Gisbergen failed to qualify for the shootout.

The Red Bull Ampol Racing star, who won Saturday’s 300km race, will have to start from a lowly 21st after being caught out on the wet track on his flying lap in the morning’s 15-minute qualifying run.

Mostert’s Walkinshaw Andretti United teammate Nick Percat was also caught out in the qualifying run, sliding off the track and into a tyre wall, and will start at the back of the grid in 25th position.

Sunday’s 77-lap race begins at 2.30pm.

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