Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen has snared pole position for Saturday’s opening race of the Winton SuperSprint.
The Red Bull Ampol Racing star, who holds a 164-point championship lead coming into the event, clocked a one minute and 18.2644 second lap in Saturday’s qualifying to claim his first-ever pole position at the regional Victorian circuit.
It’s van Gisbergen’s third pole position of the season and came after he’d earlier broken the Supercars lap record in the first 10-minute block of the half-hour qualifying session.
“It’s very hard to drive here,” van Gisbergen said as Supercars returns to Winton for the first time since 2019.
“There’s so much grip, the cars are really alive.
“Really cool, it’s the fastest we’ve been here on this tyre as well. Enjoying it, but let’s see how we go in the race.”
Ford’s Cameron Waters will start alongside van Gisbergen after qualifying second with a 1:18.3066.
Holden’s Chaz Mostert, aiming to bounce back from a disastrous Perth trip at the start of the month, will start third with Erebus Motorsport young gun Will Brown qualifying fourth.
Van Gisbergen’s nearest championship rival, Shell V-Power Racing’s Anton De Pasquale, qualified sixth.
De Pasquale’s teammate Will Davison, a race winner in Perth, bombed out of qualifying in the second 10-minute block and will have to fight his way from the middle of the pack in 13th.
It’s an even tougher ask for Mostert’s Walkinshaw Andretti United teammate Nick Percat, who’ll start a lowly 22nd.
Saturday’s race, the first of three across the weekend, begins at 3.35pm.