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10,000 reasons why going fast in Adelaide matters

THE Repco Supercars Championship’s drivers’ title has been decided in favour of Shane van Gisbergen and the teams’ title has gone to Red Bull Ampol Racing, but there’s a prize that remains up for grabs – the ARMOR ALL Pole Champion Award.

Ford duo Will Davison and Cam Waters have nine poles apiece heading into the VALO Adelaide 500 with van Gisbergen still within striking distance on seven poles for the season.

The driver with most poles for the year will win the ARMOR ALL Pole Champion Award and the $10,000 cheque that comes with it.

There are a range of possibilities that could play out and van Gisbergen could still win the Award despite being two poles behind the Mustang drivers.

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He needs to take both poles in Adelaide to force a tie and a countback on second places, of which he’s currently ahead, seven to Davison’s six and Waters’ five.

If a countback that stretches back to third positions is required, van Gisbergen currently leads that with six to Waters’ four and Davison’s two.

Van Gisbergen is one of just two Holden drivers to score pole positions this year. Commodore drivers have claimed just 25 percent of this year’s available pole positions, eight to Ford’s 24.

Erebus Motorsport’s Brodie Kostecki is the only other Commodore pilot to take a pole – in Race 2 of the season at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Van Gisbergen’s only ARMOR ALL Pole Position Award win came in 2016, the year he won his first Supercars Championship in his debut year with Triple Eight Race Engineering.

Davison is also no stranger to the award, having won it while driving for Ford Performance Racing in 2012.

Cam Waters with his Bathurst pole-winning cheque. Photo: Supplied.

Waters has never won the Pole Position Award in the Repco Supercars Championship; however, he did win the Super2 Series Pole Award in 2014 and 2015.

He has scored the most ARMOR ALL Pole Position cash this year – $13,000 – due to his Repco Bathurst 1000 pole being worth $5000 and all of the other poles at single driver races being worth $1000.

The Shell V-Power Racing Team has taken the ARMOR ALL Pole Award for the last five years in a row.

Scott McLaughlin won it every year from 2017 to 2020 and Anton De Pasquale won it last year.

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