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Andrew van Leeuwen

Tasmania Supercars: Waters beats Davison to pole

The Tickford ace was a quiet achiever throughout the first two segments of the three-part qualifying session, his progression comfortable, but not spectacular.

He didn't necessarily look like a pole contender on the first run in the final segment, either, however that quickly change when it came to the final run.

Waters found himself perfectly placed behind Davison on track as the pair battled it out for pole.

It was Davison that got the upper hand on the first lap, before Waters surprised everyone – including himself – by improving on his second lap to nab pole with a 50.536s.

"It was out of nowhere," said Waters. "It was really weird. I thought we were doing an 80 per cent lap and then the other guys got on with it, so I thought I should go with them. And it was quick enough for pole.

"I was a bit surprised. The car was pretty ordinary in Practice 2, it wasn't too bad in Practice 1, so we made it better again. Massive thanks to my team."

Broc Feeney, who had never driven around Symmons Plains until Practice 1 earlier today, was hugely impressive as he stormed to third on the grid.

He'll be joined on the second row by Brodie Kostecki who led the way for the Erebus squad.

Shane van Gisbergen ended up just fifth fastest after spending much of the session looking very much the pole favourite.

The Kiwi was able to consistently bang out 50.6s laps on the same set of rubber as he progressed through the first two segments and led the way in Q3.

However a switch to greens at the end of the final segment didn't yield a time good enough for any better than fifth.

James Courtney and Andre Heimgartner were sixth and seventh fastest followed by Scott Pye and Matt Stone Racing pair Todd Hazelwood and Jack Le Brocq.

The middle part of qualifying claimed some big scalps, including Anton De Pasquale and Chaz Mostert, who ended up 11th and 12th respectively.

The latter appeared to be dealing with a power steering issue throughout qualifying, his car leaking fluid in the lane and showing signs on smoke on track.

Nick Percat was just 17th quickest to cap off a tough session for Walkinshaw Andretti United.

David Reynolds, meanwhile, went from topping Q1 to qualifying just 15th after Q2, after losing three-tenths with a locked front brake on his critical lap.

There were some big names that didn't even make it out of Q1, the most surprising Tim Slade, who was only good enough for 23rd on the grid.

Lee Holdsworth did slightly better with 20th, but was left to rue an off on his first run that cost him a proper shot at getting into Q2.

"It was really hard," said Holdsworth. "I locked a front on the first run and [the lap] probably would have put us in a decent position. But I'm not able to get any rotation on the thing and it gets worse every lap."

Cla # Driver Car Time
1 6 Australia Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 50.536
2 17 Australia Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 50.563
3 88 Broc Feeney Holden Commodore ZB 50.602
4 99 Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 50.617
5 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 50.643
6 5 Australia James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 50.713
7 8 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore ZB 50.742
8 20 Australia Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 50.764
9 35 Australia Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 50.775
10 34 Australia Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 50.856
11 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 50.759
12 11 Australia Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 50.775
13 25 Australia Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 50.878
14 55 Australia Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 50.894
15 26 Australia David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 50.913
16 22 New Zealand Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 50.931
17 2 Australia Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 50.959
18 9 Australia Will Brown Holden Commodore ZB 50.972
19 96 Australia Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 51.169
20 76 Australia Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 51.304
21 10 Australia Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 51.091
22 14 Australia Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 51.102
23 3 Australia Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 51.114
24 56 Australia Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT 51.124
25 4 Australia Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 51.256
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