Supercars furore emerges as drivers protest 'unsafe' conditions

Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen is pictured watching on from the pit lane.
Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen was one of several drivers to raise concerns about new rules to prevent 'kerb-hopping' at the Gold Coast 500. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Several leading Supercars drivers have expressed frustration over 'unsafe' rules brought into to prevent them from 'kerb-hopping' at the Gold Coast 500.

David Reynolds claimed pole position for Sunday's race ahead of reigning series champion Shane van Gisbergen and key rival Cam Waters.

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Though Reynolds was thrilled to have beaten out van Gisbergen by four tenths of a second to claim his third pole position on the Gold Coast and 15th of his career, the kerb-hopping rules were still front of mind for drivers.

Sensors have been installed on each corner to monitor each car's kerb use, with drivers taking too much given a 'kerb strike' and having any practice, qualifying or top 10 shootout lap times deleted.

Reynolds described getting through turns one and two as a 'real b*stard', with it being difficult to understand where the 'invisible line' that would trigger a kerb trike actually is.

Van Gisbergen was in agreement, telling Fox Sports about meetings held between drivers and race officials on Friday night that left him under the impression that changes would be made.

Instead, drivers were bluntly told ahead of Saturday's practice and qualifying running that the system would be unchanged.

“We can talk about it all day – it’s a shame it’s the biggest talking point here,” he said.

“The top three drivers, all of us after the press conference we decided to do something. Got everyone to sign the form … Everyone agreed the kerbs aren’t good enough and we need to do something.

“I thought we had good discussions last night and thought we had some progress – all the drivers were stoked and came back this morning and (Supercars officials) said ‘No, that’s how it is’.

“It’s very average that it’s like this. It’s not safe for everyone.

“It’s a real lottery … they didn’t help us. All the drivers agreed we need to do something and they’ve done nothing.”

David Reynolds claims pole position for Gold Coast 500

A decision to put fresh rear tyres on Reynolds' car in the top ten shootout thrusted him to the top of the ladder through five drivers and his 1:10.431 lap time was enough to hold on for his 15th career pole.

Saturday's race will be the first time Reynolds starts at the front of the grid since the Melbourne Grand Prix in 2021.

His blistering lap around the 2.9 kilometre circuit gapped the top ten field by point four of a second, with provisional pole sitter Shane van Gisbergen qualifying second.

Reynolds also won his maiden Supercars race on the Gold Coast back in 2013.

"That was probably one of the best laps I've done in my life. There's no way I can repeat that," Reynolds told Fox Sports after securing pole.

"When I come across the line I couldn't believe I saw a 10 four. It's unbelievable for the guys and Penrite Racing."

David Reynolds claimed pole position for the first of two races at the Gold Coast 500 with a blistering top 10 shootout performance. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)
David Reynolds claimed pole position for the first of two races at the Gold Coast 500 with a blistering top 10 shootout performance. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Championship leader and four-time Gold Coast winner van Gisbergen, who can seal the drivers championship on Saturday, ran wide early on his flying lap and couldn't make up enough time in the shootout.

He will start alongside Reynolds at the front of the Surfers Paradise street circuit with Cam Waters and Chaz Mostert on the second row.

Only eight of the top ten shootout participants registered times on Saturday as Brodie Kostecki, Will Davison and Andre Heimgartner were hit with kerb strikes on their qualifying laps.

With AAP

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