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Kostecki tops thrilling Adelaide 500 qualifying

BRODIE Kostecki has taken another step towards securing a maiden Supercars Championship title by pacing Friday qualifying at the VAILO Adelaide 500.

The Erebus Camaro driver shot to the top of the order right at the end of the 15-minute session, which was held in dry conditions and set the field for Saturday’s Top 10 Shootout.

Kostecki will enter the penultimate race of the season with a 131-point lead over Shane van Gisbergen, with 300 available in Adelaide.

Van Gisbergen also booked a Shootout spot with fourth fastest behind the Grove Racing Mustangs of David Reynolds and Matt Payne.

Filling the Shootout field will be Thomas Randle, Anton De Pasquale, Will Brown, Chaz Mostert, Cam Waters and James Golding.

Despite being the standout qualifier of the season, Kostecki expressed surprise at ending up quickest.

“I thought pole was a lot faster than actually what I did,” said Kostecki.

“I probably put a little bit too much on the line there trying to actually do the lap but stoked with that, the team did a fantastic job.

“We were missing a little bit in practice but we were lucky to learn a little bit off Will (Brown) there, apply a few small set-up changes and we’re stoked to come away with provisional pole.”

The short and sharp session featured two runs on new tyres.

Payne set the fastest of the early laps with 1:19.0741s ahead of Reynolds, van Gisbergen, De Pasquale and Kostecki.

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Kostecki rose to P2 with 40 seconds left, 0.0661s adrift of Payne, before recording a session-topping 1:19.0460s next time around.

Reynolds had very briefly gone fastest between Kostecki’s laps and ended up just 0.011s away in second.

In further good news for Erebus, Triple Eight driver Broc Feeney narrowly missed the Shootout in 11th after being among drivers to lose a lap to a track limits breach.

Feeney’s best was just 0.3653s away from the fastest time.

The Supercars Championship field will return to the track for Practice 3 on Saturday morning before the Shootout begins at 12:05pm.

RESULTS: Qualifying for Race 1, 2023 VAILO Adelaide 500

PosNo.DriverTeamCarTime
199Brodie KosteckiErebusChevrolet1:19.0460s
226David ReynoldsGroveFord+0.0112s
319Matthew PayneGroveFord+0.0281s
497Shane van GisbergenTriple EightChevrolet+0.1624s
555Thomas RandleTickfordFord+0.1801s
611Anton De PasqualeDJRFord+0.2019s
79Will BrownErebusChevrolet+0.2192s
825Chaz MostertWAUFord+0.2425s
943Cam WatersTickfordFord+0.2571s
1031James GoldingPremiAirChevrolet+0.3172s
1188Broc FeeneyTriple EightChevrolet+0.3653s
1217Will DavisonDJRFord+0.3989s
132Nick PercatWAUFord+0.4657s
143Todd HazelwoodBRTFord+0.4749s
1534Jack Le BrocqMSRChevrolet+0.4806s
165James CourtneyTickfordFord+0.4851s
178Andre HeimgartnerBJRChevrolet+0.5206s
1835Cameron HillMSRChevrolet+0.7061s
1923Tim SladePremiAirChevrolet+0.7413s
2020Scott PyeTeam 18Chevrolet+0.7644s
2118Mark WinterbottomTeam 18Chevrolet+0.7766s
2214Bryce FullwoodBJRChevrolet+0.9811s
2356Declan FraserTickfordFord+0.9899s
2496Macauley JonesBJRChevrolet+1.0357s
254Jack SmithBJRChevrolet+1.6887s
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