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Waters leads Ford one-two in Gold Coast qualifying

MUSTANG drivers Cam Waters and Matt Payne scored a one-two for the Blue Oval in Saturday qualifying at the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500.

A 15-minute session set the field for the Top 10 Shootout, as well as grid positions 11 through 25 ahead of the afternoon’s 250km race.

Tickford star Waters moved to the top of the order with 1:10.8566s just prior to the halfway mark before lowering it further to 1:10.8361s in the dying moments.

“I kept getting kerb strikes at the start and just had to get a banker in and the banker was pretty good,” said Waters, who ran down the Turn 9 escape road early in the session.

“My car is pretty nice to drive, it’s just hard to get through those chicanes. But it’s the same for everyone.”

Grove Racing’s Payne fell just 0.0503s short with his final effort for second, while fourth for Tickford’s Thomas Randle underlined a strong session for the Mustangs.

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Randle split title contenders Brodie Kostecki and Shane van Gisbergen, the latter recovering from near the bottom of the order mid-session after copping a dreaded kerb strike.

Their respective teammates Will Brown and Broc Feeney had shockers.

Feeney will start just 21st after losing his best lap to a kerb strike, while Brown was 25th after even bigger issues.

“I’m not sure what happened there. I had a problem yesterday at the end of practice, we pitted and did a lot of stuff,” said Brown.

“The boys worked really hard last night to try and find it. It seemed like it was in the gearbox or motor.

“We went out there and it did it again, I don’t have any gears just then. Not ideal, it’s going to make this one hard for us this afternoon.”

The remainder of the Shootout field is made up of Scott Pye, David Reynolds, Tim Slade, Chaz Mostert and Andre Heimgartner.

Pye made the Shootout despite a clout of the Turn 3 tyre barrier in the closing stages.

The Top 10 Shootout is scheduled for 1:05pm local time.

RESULTS: Supercars Qualifying for Race 25, Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500

16Cam WatersTickfordFord1m10.8361s
219Matthew PayneGroveFord+0.0503s
399Brodie KosteckiErebusChevrolet+0.0701s
455Thomas RandleTickfordFord+0.0724s
597Shane van GisbergenTriple EightChevrolet+0.1502s
620Scott PyeTeam 18Chevrolet+0.2107s
726David ReynoldsGroveFord+0.2128s
823Tim SladePremiAirChevrolet+0.3631s
925Chaz MostertWAUFord+0.3924s
108Andre HeimgartnerBJRChevrolet+0.4616s
115James CourtneyTickfordFord+0.5137s
1214Bryce FullwoodBJRChevrolet+0.5188s
1334Jack Le BrocqMSRChevrolet+0.5406s
142Nick PercatWAUFord+0.5626s
1518Mark WinterbottomTeam 18Chevrolet+0.5747s
1631James GoldingPremiAirChevrolet+0.5753s
1717Will DavisonDJRFord+0.6279s
1811Anton De PasqualeDJRFord+0.6422s
1996Macauley JonesBJRChevrolet+0.8313s
203Todd HazelwoodBRTFord+0.8396s
2188Broc FeeneyTriple EightChevrolet+0.8464s
2235Cameron HillMSRChevrolet+0.8497s
2356Declan FraserTickfordFord+1.3976s
244Jack SmithBJRChevrolet+1.4389s
259Will BrownErebusChevrolet+2.6886s
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