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Shane Van Gisbergen beats Scott McLaughlin to Pukekohe pole position

Hometown hero Shane Van Gisbergen has claimed pole position for Saturday's 200km Supercars race at Pukekohe Park.

The Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver clocked one minute and 01.5480 seconds in the final lap of the 20-minute qualifying session to pip Ford pair Cameron Waters and Will Davison to pole.

"(There's) nothing like racing at home," the New Zealander said.

"Super stoked, the race is going to be tough though. Lots of Fords behind me and a bit of weather on the way."

Waters will start from second after a 1:01.6986 with Tickford Racing teammate Davison third on the grid after a 1:01.7513 lap.

Ford's Scott McLaughlin will start from sixth behind DJR Team Penske teammate Fabian Coulthard and nearest title rival Chaz Mostert.

The runaway championship leader, who will become the most successful driver in a single Supercars season if he can claim a 17th race win for 2019 this weekend, will start a race for the first time this year outside the top five.

McLaughlin admitted he had work to do to on his Mustang to match the front- runners.

"Unfortunately we're just not quite there," McLaughlin said.

"It's a little bit of me, a little bit of the car.

"We'll get there though."

Holden rival David Reynolds will start behind McLaughlin in seventh while Van Gisbergen's teammate Jamie Whincup could only qualify 12th in a disappointing result for the seven-time champion.

Rain is forecast to hit sometime during the race, and Van Gisbergen admits it's a variable that has to be factored in.

"It's going to be crazy, hopefully it doesn't make too much action but, yeah, it's coming, we just don't know when," he said.

Shane van Gisbergen. Source: Photosport


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