Cam Waters has dominated Saturday’s ARMOR ALL Top Ten Shootout, and will start from pole for Saturday’s Race 33.
Waters was 0.343s to the good after Saturday’s one-lap dash, and will start alongside Scott Pye.
Provisional pole-sitter Chaz Mostert could only manage the eighth-best time in the Shootout.
It was Waters’ season-leading 10th pole of the year, breaking the tie with Will Davison.
Only nine drivers competed in the Shootout, with Tickford’s repairs on Thomas Randle’s car just falling short.
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Randle crashed in Practice 3 at Turn 8, forcing Tickford into rapid repairs.
However, the repairs pushed into the cut-off time, with Randle to launch from 10th.
Mark Skaife described vision of the Tickford team principal confronting stewards after the call as “fairly hostile” while Neill Crompton added, “Tim Edwards is obviously crank down there at the moment”.
“Unfortunately we feel for them, it’s nothing we want to see, but we are in the hands of the stewards running the event,” Adrian Burgess, head of operations at Supercars, said.
“It’s pretty clear you have to be at pit exit for the start of your run – another minute and they would have been there.
“The rule is pretty black and white unfortunately. You need to be there ready to go for the start of your run.
“It was touch and go… unfortunately if they’d been another car later, they would have made it.”
The Randle repairs promoted Hazelwood to first driver out, and he recorded a 1:20.009s.
Andre Heimgartner jumped to top spot with a 1:19.902s, with James Golding slotting in behind.
Waters loomed as the benchmark, with James Courtney, David Reynolds and Pye unable to demote the #6 Ford.
Reynolds though was later disqualified from the Top 10 for having his rear wing set too high and will start at the back of the grid for the afternoon’s race.
Anton De Pasquale was up to the second sector before he made an error at the final corner.
It left Mostert as Waters’ primary challenger, but he was a whopping 0.64s off the pace.
It was Tickford’s first pole since 2016, which was ironically taken by Chaz Mostert.
The Ford squad hasn’t won in Adelaide since Will Davison in 2012.
The 78-lap Race 33 will commence at 3:15pm local time.
— with supercars.com