Brown takes provisional pole for the Darwin final, Mostert 20th

Will Brown is on provisional pole position for Race 12 of the Supercars Championship at the Darwin Triple Crown at Hidden Valley Raceway.  Image: InSyde MediaWill Brown is on provisional pole position for Race 12 of the Supercars Championship at the Darwin Triple Crown at Hidden Valley Raceway.  Image: InSyde Media
Will Brown is on provisional pole position for Race 12 of the Supercars Championship at the Darwin Triple Crown at Hidden Valley Raceway. Image: InSyde Media

Championship leader Brown beat 2023 champion Brodie Kostecki into first place by 0.1905 seconds in the 15-minute session, while Tim Slade took third as PremiAir Racing’s strong form continued.

Will Davison was the first of the Ford contingent, in fourth, while Dick Johnson Racing teammate Anton De Pasquale was the only other Mustang driver in the top 10.

Both Grove Racing cars missed the finish, with Matt Payne 11th, while Tickford Racing’s Cam Waters and Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Mostert will share row 10 of the grid this afternoon.

In contrast, all three Triple Eight Race Engineering Chevrolets completed the one-lap sprint, with wildcard Cooper Murray fifth in the #888 Supercheap Auto Camaro.

Qualifying for Race 12 immediately followed a 45-minute Carrera Cup race so there was an incentive to go fast early given the way Supercars’ Dunlop tires typically react to the Michelin rubber the Porsches lay down.

The Pasquale (#11 Shell V-Power Mustang) posted a 1:06.1718 straight out of the box before Triple Eight’s Brown (#87 Red Bull Ampol Camaro) took over the top spot with a 1:06.1519 on his second hot lap.

Most completed just one lap on their first run and Brown was in the lead over De Pasquale, Mark Winterbottom (#18 DeWalt Camaro) and Broc Feeney (#88 Red Bull Ampol Camaro), while Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang) was 15th and Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Optus Mustang) 22nd, amid conjecture as to whether or not the latter started on new tyres.

Kostecki (#1 Erebus Motorsport Camaro) then jumped into first place with a 1:05.8971s and Jack Le Brocq (#9 Tyrepower Camaro) made it an Erebus one-two with a 1:06.0523s, before they were split by Davison (#17 Shell V-Power Mustang) on ​​a 1:05.9941s.

Before the final runs, Race 11 winner Feeney was 12th, Mostert 16th and Waters 21st.

Kostecki felt the need to go again in the final minutes, but it was Brown who moved the benchmark to a 1:05.7066s before Feeney climbed to fifth with a 1:06.0578s.

On Saturday, pole sitter James Golding (#31 Nulon Camaro) finished fourth with a time of 1:06.0510, before teammate Slade (#23 Nulon Camaro) took over third place with a time of 1:05.9824.

Murray managed to lift himself back into the top 10 with a 1:06.0282s, which was good enough for fifth place, before De Pasquale powered in with a 1:06.0904s just before the checkered flag, leaving Payne (#19 Penrite Mustang) to 11th place.

So the top 10 consisted of Brown, Kostecki, Slade, Davison, Murray, Golding, Le Brocq, Feeney, Cameron Hill (#4 Dabble Camaro) and De Pasquale.

Payne will share row 6 with Andre Heimgartner (#8 R&J Batteries Camaro), Stanaway (#26 Penrite Mustang) finished 15th, Waters could only manage 19th with a 1:06.2638s and Mostert finished 0.5654s off the pace in 20th .

The Top 10 Shootout for Race 12 of the Repco Supercars Championship kicks off at 11:35 local time/12:05 AEST, with the Betr Darwin Triple Crown concluding with another 48-lap meeting this afternoon.

Results to follow