4 Nov 2018

McLaughlin misses out on pole position in Auckland

5:29 pm on 4 November 2018

New Zealand V8 Supercars driver Scott McLaughlin has been edged out by seven-time champion Jamie Whincup for pole position at Pukekohe Park Raceway.

New Zealand driver Scott McLaughlin

New Zealand driver Scott McLaughlin Photo: © Copyright Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz Photosport Ltd 2017

Driver Jamie Whincup will start from pole position for the 80th time in his illustrious career, after putting in a perfect lap in this afternoon's Top Ten Shootout.

The Holden ace edged out current championship leader, Ford's Scott McLaughlin, who was just 0.01 of a second behind the defending Supercars Champion.

It adds another element of intrigue to this afternoon's 200km race, with McLaughlin starting next to Whincup and in front of his main Championship rival and fellow kiwi Shane van Gisbergen, who was third quickest in the shootout.

Just half a second separated the top ten with yesterday's podium winner Chaz Mostert to start fourth ahead of David Reynolds, Fabian Coulthard, rookies Richie Stanaway and Anton de Pasquale, Cam Waters and Nissan's Andre Heimgartner.

For the first time in history, five New Zealand-born drivers featured together in a shootout, much to the delight of the big crowd packed in to Pukekohe Park Raceway.

Craig Lowndes will start his final ever Supercars race in New Zealand from 11th place this afternoon after just missing the Shootout after qualifying.

The final 200km, 70-lap race of the weekend will begin at 4:10pm local time this afternoon where light rain may arrive during the race.

McLaughlin enters this afternoon's race holding just a two-point lead over van Gisbergen in the Championship standings.