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Payne tops mixed-up Supercars Taupō qualifying

MATT Payne has taken provisional pole for the first ever Supercars race at Taupō Motorsport Park.

Still with a Top 10 Shootout to come, Payne thrived in wet-to-dry conditions to lead the 15-minute Boost Mobile Qualifying session.

Urgency surrounded the early stages as raindrops fell at the start of qualifying, making the opening minutes potentially decisive.

That did not prove the case, with the weather staying dry enough for slick tyres throughout.

Lap times dropped from 90-plus seconds down to Payne’s 1:27.9684s at the end – still almost 1.5s off Chaz Mostert’s practice benchmark yesterday.

Matt Payne. Pic: Tayler Burke

There was again a chunk of blue at the top of the timesheets, with Dick Johnson Racing’s Anton De Pasquale and Will Davison second and fourth, split by Chaz Mostert.

Cameron Hill was best of the Chevrolets in fifth, ahead of Kiwi rookie Ryan Wood.

Will Brown hung onto a Shootout slot despite pitting late, with Cam Waters, Andre Heimgartner and Tim Slade rounding out the 10.

There were several big names to miss the cut, including championship contender Broc Feeney (13th) after a tough Friday and returning star Brodie Kostecki (15th).

Former teammates Brodie Kostecki and Will Brown in close quarters. Pic: Tayler Burke

The news was even worse for Richie Stanaway and Nick Percat, who could not replicate their younger teammates’ efforts and will line up on the back row of the grid. A spin was the downfall of the latter, who won the most recent race at Albert Park.

The aforementioned top 10 will now prepare for a Shootout starting 10am AEST (12pm local).

The other 14 drivers will turn their attention to this afternoon’s 60-lap race, scheduled to get underway at 1:05pm AEST (3:05pm local).

RESULTS: Qualifying for Race 1, 2024 ITM TaupōSuper400

119Matt PayneGroveFord1m27.9684s
211Anton De PasqualeDJRFord+0.0940s
325Chaz MostertWAUFord+0.1669s
417Will DavisonDJRFord+0.2523s
54Cameron Hill MSRChevrolet+0.2628s
62Ryan Wood WAUFord+0.2734s
787Will BrownTriple EightChevrolet+0.3365s
86Cam WatersTickfordFord+0.3447s
98Andre HeimgartnerBJRChevrolet+0.3515s
1023Tim SladePremiAirChevrolet+0.3729s
1155Thomas Randle TickfordFord+0.5135s
1214Bryce FullwoodBJRChevrolet+0.6413s
1388Broc Feeney Triple EightChevrolet+0.6504s
1496Macauley JonesBJRChevrolet+0.6633s
151Brodie KosteckiErebusChevrolet+0.6771s
169Jack Le BrocqErebusChevrolet+0.6912s
1712Jaxon Evans BJRChevrolet+0.755s
187James CourtneyBRTFord+0.7828s
1918Mark WinterbottomTeam 18Chevrolet+0.8917s
203Aaron LoveBRTFord+0.9037s
2120David ReynoldsTeam 18Chevrolet+0.9194s
2231James Golding PremiAirChevrolet+0.9445s
2326Richie StanawayGroveFord+0.9932s
2410Nick PercatMSRChevrolet+1.6229s
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