Jamie Whincup scores maiden Bathurst pole
Jamie Whincup has recorded the first Bathurst pole of his career by edging out Ford rival Mark Winterbottom in the Top 10 Shootout.
The last car out in the one-at-a-time session, the Red Bull Holden driver was the only man to drop into the 2:07s.
A 2:07.88s was enough to eclipse the effort of penultimate runner Winterbottom by 0.2s.
Jason Bright and Shane van Gisbergen will share the second row, with James Courtney, Craig Lowndes, Will Davison, Scott McLaughlin, David Reynolds and Alexandre Premat completing the order.
Every driver bar Courtney and Reynolds managed to go to the top with their laps in a typically tense session.
Fifth man out Van Gisbergen proved to be the most spectacular of all runners, eclipsing the previous best of Craig Lowndes by a full 0.7s after throwing the Tekno Holden around across the Mountain.
Next man Bright’s tidier effort proved 0.04s to the good before the final laps from Winterbottom and Whincup.
A final pre-race warm-up session will be held on Sunday morning before the 161 lap contest.
See below for the Top 10 Shootout result
|1||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||02:07.88|
|2||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG||02:08.08||00:00.19|
|3||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||02:08.28||00:00.39|
|4||TEKNO Team VIP Petfoods||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||02:08.28||00:00.40|
|5||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||02:08.83||00:00.95|
|6||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||02:08.96||00:01.08|
|7||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||Will Davison||Ford Falcon FG||02:09.00||00:01.12|
|8||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Holden Commodore VF||02:09.19||00:01.31|
|9||The Bottle-O FPR Ford||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG||02:09.24||00:01.36|
|10||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Alexandre Premat||Holden Commodore VF||02:10.41||00:02.53|