Ford driver Andre Heimgartner has claimed the second Supercars pole position of his career for Saturday afternoon’s race at The Bend to bolster the Mustang’s chances of snapping its seven-month winless streak.
Heimgartner booked Kelly Grove Racing’s first pole of the year in a wet qualifying session to put himself at the front of the grid ahead of Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Chaz Mostert and Erebus Motorsport rookie Will Brown.
It was the New Zealand racer’s second Supercars pole after topping qualifying at Sydney Motorsport Park last year.
Andre Heimgartner will be hard to beat at The Bend.Source:Getty Images
Dick Johnson Racing’s Anton De Pasquale and Tickford Racing’s James Courtney rounded out the top five.
But Triple Eight’s championship pacesetters Shane van Gisbergen, who has five poles this year, and Jamie Whincup will start from eight and ninth on the grid.
Heimgartner claimed a podium at The Bend last year and was excited about his prospect’s in the 24-lap race.
“The car was great, it’s been great in practice,” Heimgartrner said.
“It’s great for Kelly Grove Racing to get our first pole position this year and things are heading in the right direction.
“At Symmons Plains, I was getting dropped by the pack so I must have forgotten how to drive and now I’ve remembered overnight.
“It’s good, it’s just a testament to the guys, we had a horrible round last round and then they turned it around and the car is fast so I can’t wait to get stuck into the racing.”
Ford has not claimed a Supercars race win since last September when Tickford Racing’s Cameron Waters won at The Bend.
It was a forgettable qualifying session for Brad Jones Racing with the team’s quartet of Todd Hazelwood, Jack Smith, Macauley Jones and Nick Percat occupying the last four spots on the grid.
Originally published asMustang in box seat to break long run of outs
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