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‘Impossible’: Van Gisbergen explains nightmare qualifying

SHANE van Gisbergen has been left to lament a qualifying shocker at the VALO Adelaide 500.

Having not recorded a representative lap time early in the session, van Gisbergen was set to charge up the leaderboard until spearing off at the final corner with roughly a minute remaining.

That locked him in for a shock 25th and last on the grid for the first of the weekend’s 250km races.

“My qualifying run was just littered with mistakes,” a frustrated van Gisbergen reflected.

“The car was very hard to drive, and I was probably pushing a bit too hard and didn’t back it down enough.

“I probably should have accepted to try and get into the Shootout rather than go all out and I’m pretty pissed off with myself right now.

“The car obviously wasn’t that great and was impossible to drive on the limit, but we’ll have a catch up with the engineering group tonight and hopefully make some changes before tomorrow’s final practice run.

“Tomorrow’s race is going to be tough, but we’ll try and get things right for Sunday.”

Of course, winning from the rear of grid is not unprecedented in Adelaide, as was most notably proven by Mark Skaife’s victory from 38th in 2000.

Capping a tough day for Triple Eight at main game level, #88 driver Broc Feeney could do no better than 17th.

Broc Feeney runs ahead of Shane van Gisbergen. Pic: Supplied

“Our qualifying session was going ok at the start,” he said.

“I probably didn’t get the best laps I did in early in the session, but on my last run on my second lap, I was looking like being in the top ten but managed to get a yellow flag at Turn 9, so I had to back off and lost a bit of time.

“When I came out of the corner it was green again and tried to push on, but it wasn’t enough.

“It was very frustrating because it felt like we should have been in the top 10, but tomorrow’s a new day and we’ll focus on the race car for tomorrow’s final practice session and try to do something different for the race.”

Chaz Mostert took provisional pole for Race 33 with a new qualifying lap record, although he still has to navigate the Top 10 Shootout.

Before then, the Repco Supercars Championship field will be on track for Practice 3 from 11am local time tomorrow (11:30am AEDT).

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