Matt Payne and Chaz Mostert claim pole positions for twin Supercars races at Albert Park on Sunday

  • Two Supercars races will be held at the Melbourne track 
  • Payne surged 11 places to earn pole position in race five 
  • Mostert also left his run late to claim first place on the grid for race six 

Matt Payne and Chaz Mostert have snatched a pole apiece in Melbourne after back-to-back sudden-death Supercars qualifying sessions.

Claiming two third-placed finishes earlier in the week, Payne flew 11 spots to the top of the pack in the dying seconds to win a career-first pole in Saturday’s first session at Albert Park.

Hitting the city circuit with a fresh set of tyres, the Grove Racing rookie clocked a lap time of one minute 46.65 seconds to beat Friday’s pole-sitter Cam Waters by 0.007 seconds.

Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Mostert was third fastest and will start the 14-lap race from the second row next to Broc Feeney (Triple Eight), while championship leader and Feeney’s teammate Will Brown was made to settle for sixth, behind Jack Le Brocq.

Waters was left lamenting the missed opportunity after failing to make the most of his top grid spot in race four.

A last gasp effort from Chaz Mostert means he will start from pole position in race six

Matt Payne surged 11 places to earn pole position for race five at Albert Park on Sunday

Matt Payne surged 11 places to earn pole position for race five at Albert Park on Sunday

Finishing sixth on Friday, the Tickford Racing driver had got the jump on Brown in their starting-grid battle, forcing him to take an inside line. But Waters lost the lead prior to the first turn before relinquishing a podium spot after going too wide at a corner.

‘I’m spewing I missed that,’ Waters said after the first qualifying session.

‘I’ve got my work cut out for me, don’t I? I just want to do another nice, clean lap.’

Mostert pipped Payne by 0.110 seconds in the second session to snare the best possible starting position for the final race of the weekend.

Much like Payne, Mostert flaunted a fresh set of tyres to record a 1:46.322 lap time, denying the young New Zealander a career second pole and Waters a chance at the top grid spot.

Waters will start third, sharing the second row with Nick Percat, while Feeney and Brown missed the top five in sixth and ninth respectively.

Race five gets underway at 5.40pm (AEDT).


  • 1. Matt Payne (Grove Racing) 1:46.654
  • 2. Cam Waters (Tickford Racing) +0.007
  • 3. Chaz Mostert (Walkinshaw Andretti United) +0.110
  • 4. Broc Feeney (Triple Eight Racing) +0.128
  • 5. Jack Le Brocq (Erebus Motorsport) +0.209


  • 1. Chaz Mostert (Walkinshaw Andretti United) 1:46.322
  • 2. Matt Payne (Grove Racing) +0.110
  • 3. Cam Waters (Tickford Racing) +0.187
  • 4. Nick Percat (Matt Stone Racing) +0.348
  • 5. Bryce Fullwood (Brad Jones Racing) +0.398