Will Brown claims his first win for Red Bull and leads Championship after the opening round.
Brodie Kostecki claims first pole of Camaro era
The 25-year old Perth-born Erebus driver mastered the Thrifty Newcastle 500 street circuit in the single-lap Shootout, and will line up alongside the Ford Mustang of Cam Waters for this afternoon's historic first race between Camaro and Mustang.
The first seven spots on the grid will be split between Camaro and Mustang - four Camaros and three Mustangs filling the top spots on the grid for this afternoon's race.
Kostecki, who was quickest in yesterday's final practice and this morning's qualifying, was last out in the Shootout and put together the perfect lap to claim his second career pole position and first since the season opener in Sydney in 2022.
Just 0.04 of a second splits the next five drivers in the Shootout, in one of the closet Shootout results in recent times.
Waters will start from second in his Monster Energy Mustang, ahead of the Red Bull Camaro of Broc Feeney.
Tim Slade's Nulon Racing Camaro will start from fourth in his 400th career race start, ahead of 2018 Newcastle race winner, David Reynolds in the Penrite Mustang.
Two-time defending Supercars Champion Shane van Gisbergen will start from sixth position in the #97 Red Bull Camaro.
Van Gisbergen locked tyres as he entered a turn at the top of Watt Street during the Shootout. the two-time Newcastle race winner will start alongside the Ford Mustang of Chaz Mostert.
R&J Batteries Camaro driver Andre Heimgartner will start from eighth in front of the Camaro pairing of Scott Pye and James Golding, who rounds out the top ten.
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This afternoon's historic 95-lap Race 1 is scheduled to commence at 3:20pm.
Every practice, qualifying and race session of the Thrifty Newcastle 500 will be broadcast live on Foxtel and the Seven Network, with Kayo and 7plus streaming the event.
Tickets are available through Ticketek.