Maiden Bathurst pole for Van Gisbergen

Saturday 11th October, 2014 - 6:07pm

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Shane van Gisbergen celebrates pole

Shane van Gisbergen celebrates pole

Shane van Gisbergen and Jonathon Webb will start Sunday’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 from pole position after a committed lap from the Kiwi in the Top 10 Shootout.

Van Gisbergen was the penultimate man out in the one-at-a-time session, clocking 2:06.33s to knock previous fast-man Mark Winterbottom from the top of the order.

Friday pace-setter Fabian Coulthard could only manage fifth, ensuring Van Gisbergen and Tekno a maiden Bathurst pole.

“The track was quite slippery, there was a lot of dirt on it which is why the times weren’t very fast,” explained Van Gisbergen.

“But it was a clean lap which is what I wanted to do.

“We’ve been making our car better and better. It was pretty horrible at the start of the weekend, always fast but hard to drive.”

Second for Winterbottom marks FPR’s eighth front-row start for the Bathurst 1000 in nine years.

The reigning race winner’s time proved 0.3s shy of Van Gisbergen’s, having lost ground with a slide at The Dipper.

Scott McLaughlin and Jason Bright will share the second row having both momentarily headed the order after their laps.

Craig Lowndes took to the circuit after a major post-practice rebuild and rewarded his Red Bull crew with a conservative run to sixth.

Bathurst Shootout rookies James Moffat, Dale Wood and Jack Perkins the field.

Perkins had been on target to at least hold his seventh placed effort from qualifying before losing time with a rear lock-up at the final corner.

Just nine cars took part in the session after Garth Tander’s Commodore was withdrawn from the weekend following a crash with co-driver Warren Luff at the wheel during morning practice.

The V8 Supercars will return to the track for a morning warm-up from 0750 before the start of the 1000km race at 1030.

Result: V8 Supercars Top 10 Shootout, Bathurst

1
Team Tekno VIP Petfoods
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
02:06.33
2
Ford Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG
02:06.64
00:00.31
3
Valvoline Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
02:06.78
00:00.45
4
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
02:07.04
00:00.72
5
Lockwood Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
02:07.06
00:00.73
6
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
02:07.73
00:01.40
7
Norton Hornets
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
02:07.75
00:01.42
8
Team Advam/GB
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF
02:07.99
00:01.67
9
Team JELD-WEN
Jack Perkins
Ford Falcon FG
02:08.25
00:01.92