The DJR Crew Penske driver was unstoppable by way of all three elements of qualifying, the clear sweep capped off with a 1m15.199s within the High 15 Shootout.
That was ok to edge Cam Waters for pole by 0.07s, regardless of a nervous second on the Flip 6 hairpin.
“It was a superb lap,” stated McLaughlin. “I practically stuffed it at Flip 6, I used to be fortunate to tug it up. Fortunately we’re capable of run slightly bit wider and there and use the observe limits, which positively helped.”
Including to the excellent news for McLaughlin was that his title rival Jamie Whincup dumped 11 spots within the Shootout to hunch to 14th on the grid, after failing to get his tyres up the temperature within the tough chilly situations.
“We simply did not have the grip the place we wanted it,” he stated. “We acquired the tyres as much as temp in qualifying, we simply could not fairly do it within the Shootout.
“We’ll attempt to preserve our heads up and attempt to do one of the best job we are able to. However from P14 we’re fairly shot.”
Having struggled and even Q2, Waters made up eight spots within the Shootout to hitch McLaughlin on the entrance row.
That dropped Shane van Gisbergen to 3rd, forward of the largest improver of the Shootout Jack Le Brocq, who made an 11-place acquire.
James Courtney was an enormous winner too, going from virtually being knocked out of Q1 to qualifying fifth forward of Anton De Pasquale.
Chaz Mostert and Fabian Coulthard each went backwards within the Shootout, the previous dropping eight spots to qualify 12th, and the latter 10 spots to qualify 15th.
David Reynolds, in the meantime, did not even make the Shootout, the Bathurst winner not even making it out of Q1. He was knocked out with the 21st quickest time, then dumped to the very again of the grid for a tempo ferme infringement moments after his session got here to an finish.
“My automotive’s simply not quick,” Reynolds stated. “We’ve not had the tempo all weekend. It is troublesome. It is little bits right here and there. We’ll have a look at it and make one of the best of what we are able to.”