Melbourne V8s: Michael Caruso puts Nissan on pole for F1 support

Nissan driver Michael Caruso claimed the Altima's first V8 Supercars pole position after topping the times in qualifying for the non-championship Australian Grand Prix Formula 1 support event

Melbourne V8s: Michael Caruso puts Nissan on pole for F1 support

Caruso, who also topped free practice, set his fastest time during the first half of qualifying and it remained unchallenged during the final 10 minutes of the evening session.

Tekno Autosports Holden driver Shane van Gisbergen ended up almost two tenths of a second down in second place, having proved unable to challenge Caruso's time on his final run.

Scott McLaughlin made it three different manufacturers in the top three by putting the lead Garry Rogers Motorsport Volvo S60 third on the grid ahead of the Triple Eight Holden of reigning champion Jamie Whincup.

Nissan's Todd Kelly pipped the second Triple Eight car of Craig Lowndes to fifth place, ahead of Fabian Coulthard and James Moffat.

The best-placed Ford was Chaz Mostert's FPR entry down in 12th, almost six tenths off the pace.

Pos  Driver               Team/Car               Time        Gap
 1.  Michael Caruso       Nissan                 1m55.8313s
 2.  Shane van Gisbergen  Tekno Holden           1m56.0275s  +0.1962s
 3.  Scott McLaughlin     GRM Volvo              1m56.0654s  +0.2341s
 4.  Jamie Whincup        Triple Eight Holden    1m56.1071s  +0.2758s
 5.  Todd Kelly           Nissan                 1m56.2262s  +0.3949s
 6.  Craig Lowndes        Triple Eight Holden    1m56.2480s  +0.4167s
 7.  Fabian Coulthard     Brad Jones Holden      1m56.2770s  +0.4457s
 8.  James Moffat         Nissan                 1m56.3234s  +0.4921s
 9.  Jason Bright         Brad Jones Holden      1m56.3351s  +0.5038s
10.  Garth Tander         HRT Holden             1m56.3680s  +0.5367s
11.  Robert Dahlgren      GRM Volvo              1m56.3880s  +0.5567s
12.  Chaz Mostert         FPR Ford               1m56.4169s  +0.5856s
13.  Will Davison         Erebus Mercedes        1m56.5017s  +0.6704s
14.  Rick Kelly           Nissan                 1m56.5255s  +0.6942s
15.  David Wall           Dick Johnson Ford      1m56.5817s  +0.7504s
16.  Nick Percat          Walkinshaw/HRT Holden  1m56.5847s  +0.7534s
17.  Tim Slade            Rosenberg/HRT Holden   1m56.5905s  +0.7592s
18.  Mark Winterbottom    FPR Ford               1m56.6242s  +0.7929s
19.  Scott Pye            Dick Johnson Ford      1m56.6700s  +0.8387s
20.  David Reynolds       Rod Nash/FPR Ford      1m56.6710s  +0.8397s
21.  James Courtney       HRT Holden             1m56.7548s  +0.9235s
22.  Dale Wood            Britek/BJR Holden      1m56.7654s  +0.9341s
23.  Russell Ingall       Dumbrell Holden        1m56.8205s  +0.9892s
24.  Jack Perkins         Schwerkolt/FPR Ford    1m56.8317s  +1.0004s
25.  Lee Holdsworth       Erebus Mercedes        1m56.9268s  +1.0955s
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