Nathan Herne defeats series leader in close battle for pole
It was a battle of the title contenders as Nathan Herne secured his second Turtle Wax Trans Am Series pole position in a row, edging Garry Rogers Motorsport teammate Owen Kelly at Queensland Raceway.
The two segment qualifying session was held in cold, damp conditions as the bottom half of the field went out first.
It was interrupted by multiple red flags, but there was time prior to the session ending for drivers to log a lap as Sydney Property Care’s Edan Thornburrow was fastest with a 1m 27.582s. This gave last year’s runner up 15th on the grid as Dream Racing Australia driver Jackson Rice was next from his team boss Craig Scutella, Chris Pappas and James Simpson.
The battle for pole proved an all-Garry Rogers Motorsport affair as Herne and Kelly traded times until it fell in favour to the Valvoline-backed driver on a 1m 23.266s, with his teammate trailing by 0.190s.
Andrew Miedecke Ford Wall Racing’s Tim Brook was third in his Mustang, but finished 0.795s off Herne’s benchmark pace. All American Driveline driver Ben Grice will line up alongside in fourth as debutant Brodie Kostecki in the Boost Mobile Racing Chevrolet Camaro completed the top five.
On home turf, Nash Morris in the Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang followed in sixth ahead of NAPA Auto Parts supported Jett Johnson, Cody Burcher in the PBS Specialty Coating example, fourth place in the series Brett Holdsworth driving the TPS Racing Ashley Seward Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro and the similar DJ Pioneer entry of Elliot Barbour.
Frontrunners Kyle Gurton and Lochie Dalton just fell short of making the 10 as debutants Jack Sipp and Tom Hayman completed the top half of the field.
The penultimate round of Turtle Wax Trans Am continues with Race 1 at 3:30pm, which is part of Stan Sport’s live, uninterrupted and on-demand coverage of the SpeedSeries. The opening encounter will also form part of the two-hour free-to-air broadcast on 9Go! or 9Gem beginning at 3:00pm AEST.
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