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Andre Heimgartner takes pole after Shane van Gisbergen exceeds track limits

It was a tale of two New Zealanders in qualifying for this evening’s opening 200km leg of the Sydney SuperNight as R&J Batteries Racing’s Andre Heimgartner took pole as Shane van Gisbergen came a cropper due to track limits.

It was a small margin at the end of the third segment of qualifying as Heimgartner set a 1m 29.344s to snatch pole from the Coca-Cola Racing by Erebus Camaro of Brodie Kostecki.

Monster Energy Racing driver Cameron Waters represented the Ford entries in third, 0.231s off the benchmark set by Heimgartner as championship leader Will Brown was fourth from Truck Assist Racing’s Jack Le Brocq.

The Middy’s Racing Chevrolet Camaro of Bryce Fullwood was sixth to head James Golding in the lead Nulon Entry and Le Brocq’s rookie teammate Cameron Hill at his pseudo home event.

Fords rounded out the final positions inside the top 10 with Mobil 1 Optus Racing’s Chaz Mostert ahead of Will Davison in his Shell V-Power Racing Team Mustang.

The biggest omission from the final segment of qualifying was van Gisbergen as he was adjudged to have exceeded track limits and had his fastest time in the second stage deleted. He will start tonight’s opening 200km leg from 20th.

Others to miss included David Reynolds in 11th, Mark Winterbottom 14th, Broc Feeney will start 16th and Anton De Pasquale in 23rd.

Tonight’s opening race at the Sydney SuperNight commences at 7:05pm AEST.