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McLaughlin leads DJR Supercars surge

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/04/2017 Ben McKay
Scott McLaughlin © Getty Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin's love affair with Phillip Island has continued in qualifying at Saturday's Supercars meet.

The Kiwi driver scorched the track to set a new qualifying record and will start from pole for the afternoon's 250 kilometre race.

His DJR Team Penske teammate Fabian Coulthard also broke the previous record and will join him on the front row, after being tenth of a second behind McLaughlin's time of 1:29.3632.

The 23-year-old swept the meet last year in his Garry Rogers Motorsport Volvo and has four wins from the past eight races on the Island.

"I love this place as much as the penguins. It's awesome," he said.

"The car was fantastic and we had a crack."

Championship leader Shane van Gisbergen was third quickest and Mark Winterbottom will join him on the second row.

"That feels like a pole for me, I've had a tough run," Winterbottom, 12th in the standings, said.

The results confirm the resurgence of the Blue Oval, spearheaded by the cashed-up DJR Team Penske team.

It's the first front row lockout by the new team.

In all, five Ford drivers put their Falcons in the top seven - with only van Gibsergen and fellow Red Bull ace Jamie Whincup representing Holden in that mix.

David Reynolds, on the comeback trail from a nasty crash in Tasmania, was eighth fastest.

Craig Lowndes rebounded from Friday's run-off and will start from 15th.

Saturday's 250 kilometre race begins at 3:45pm AEST.

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