The Townsville Supercars qualifying session proved to be a nail-biting affair, with drivers fiercely competing for a spot in the Shootout. As the clock ticked, improvements came down to the wire, making it a frantic scramble for a Shootout berth.
Cameron Waters showcased his prowess on the track, emerging as a strong contender from the mid-point of the session. He initially set the pace with a blistering lap time of 1m13.812s, only to be momentarily relegated to second place by Matt Payne.
However, Waters refused to be deterred and mounted a spectacular comeback on his final run. Clocking in at 1m13.320s, he reclaimed the top spot, finishing over a tenth of a second ahead of the competition and securing provisional pole position.
Reflecting on his performance, Waters expressed his satisfaction with the adjustments made to his Mustang since Friday's practice. He noted that the car felt significantly improved, thanks to his team's tuning and aero changes.
Waters remained cautiously optimistic about the upcoming Shootout, aiming to make further refinements to his car and enhance its performance.
Impressive Performances Define Townsville Supercars Qualifying
The qualifying session also saw impressive displays from other drivers.
Rookie sensation Matt Payne stunned the field by securing second place, ensuring his debut in the Shootout. Will Brown, a strong title contender, clinched the third-fastest time, while Jack Le Brocq continued his impressive form with the fourth-fastest lap.
Will Davison, representing Dick Johnson Racing, joined the Shootout with the fifth-fastest time, while his teammate Anton De Pasquale slipped to 12th in the late flurry of times. James Golding, Broc Feeney, David Reynolds, and Chaz Mostert filled the remaining positions in the top ten.
Reigning series leader Shane van Gisbergen narrowly made it to the Shootout, securing the 10th position on the grid. Notably, the top ten boasted an equal representation of manufacturers, with five Mustangs and five Camaros cutting.
This came after a contentious aero change for the Fords, which aimed to enhance balance but received skepticism from teams and drivers during Friday's practice. However, not all drivers experienced a successful qualifying session.
Brodie Kostecki, the series leader, faced disappointment as he missed out on the Shootout entirely, relegating him to a 15th-place start for the 250-kilometer race scheduled for today. As anticipation builds, the Shootout is set to commence at noon local time, showcasing the top contenders battling it out for grid position and aiming to secure a favorable starting position in the Townsville Supercars event.