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Kostecki takes maiden pole in Sydney as van Gisbergen to start 21st

Boost Mobile Racing Powered by Erebus drover Brodie Kostecki has taken his first Repco Supercars pole position ahead of Race 2 this afternoon at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Mixed conditions made it a tricky Top 10 Shootout Kostecki set a 1m 39.5216s as he lines up alongside Shell V-Power Racing Team’s Anton De Pasquale after his Mustang slid at Turns 7 and 8 losing marginal time to be 0.1072s behind.

James Courtney kicked off proceedings, but was toppled by Irwin Racing’s Mark Winterbottom in his lap.

Shell V-Power Racing Team’s Will Davison followed to set a new benchmark as Bryce Fullwood and Todd Hazelwood failed to eclipse the time.

After a disastrous qualifying session yesterday, Cameron Waters came back to place his Monster Mustang in third and he is joined on the second row by Red Bull Ampol Racing’s Broc Feeney.

The rain intensified as Kostecki set his time to displace Davison as a loose moment for De Pasquale around the back of Corporate Hill cost him too much time.

Provisional polesitter, Mobil 1 Optus Racing’s Chaz Mostert dropped to seventh after the conditions worsened ahead of his lap.

Qualifying was wet and provided many surprises headlined by Shane van Gisbergen’s failure to make the Top 10 Shootout following a kerb strike on his last lap resulting in the reigning Repco Supercars champion starting from 21st.

Others to miss included Mobil 1 NTI Racing’s Nick Percat, who starts last after running off at the final corner on his last flying lap, Brad Jones Racing’s Andre Heimgartner, yesterday’s race leader Will Brown and Tim Slade in the Blanchard Racing Team Ford Mustang.

The final 300km race on the program is set to start at 2:30pm AEDT (4:30pm NZ).