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Scott McLaughlin and Shane vanGisbergen will share the front row for the Truck Assist Sydney Supersprint night race after heading the times during the Top 15 Shootout.
McLaughlin set a new qualifying record with his lap of 1.27.742 and became the only driver to dip into the 1.27 bracket on the soft Dunlop compound tyre. Shane vanGisbergen finished a few tenths behind in a time of 1.28.018.
Qualifying was an unusual affair with many different tyre strategies played out across the pitlane. Some teams there the dice and ran fresh soft tyres, while others swapped between the soft and hard compounds. It led to a very different entry list for the Top 15 shootout, with the likes of Mclaughlin, vanGisbergen and Whincup joined by Chris Pither, Macauley Jones and Bryce Fullwood.
The three part elimination format saw Alex Davison, Jack Smith, Zane Goddard and Rick Kelly eliminated during stage 1. They were joined by Scott Pye, Garry Jacobson, Jack LeBrocq, James Courtney and Andre Heimgartner after the second stage.
Behind McLaughlin and vanGisbergen sat Cameron Waters in third, with Jamie Whincup fourth. Lee Holdsworth and Fabian Coulthard rounded out the top six runners, all on the softer tyre. Mark Winterbottom was the best of the hard tyre runners in seventh as Anton De Pasquale, Macauley Jones, Bryce Fullwood, Nick Percat, David Reynolds, Chaz Mostert, Chris Pither and Todd Hazelwood completed the top 15.
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