Sherrins take lap record Bathurst 6 Hour pole

The Sherrin/Sherrin BMW

Iain and Grant Sherrin have claimed pole position for tomorrow’s Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour, clocking the fastest ever production car lap around Mount Panorama in their brand new BMW M4.

The brothers set out their stall early, Grant Sherrin recording a 2:25.487s on his first flying lap, the time standing for the duration of the 20-minute qualifying session.

“It was a pretty good lap,” Grant Sherrin said after the session.

“We had a little bit of traffic coming through Turns 1 and 2, but I got a bit of clear track coming over the top.

“We made a couple of little changes and it felt a lot nicer going across the top. It feels great across there, even earlier today it still felt nice going across the top, so we’ve just improved it.”

“It’s never done that distance before; it’s unproven,” added brother Iain Sherrin when asked how the M4 will handle tomorrow’s six-hour encounter.

“We think we’ve got most the bugs out that usually stop new cars, so I think we’ll be fine.”

Fastest in the first and third sectors, the Sherrins lost out by more than two seconds to Luke Searle across the top of the Mountain, Searle claiming the second fastest time with a 2:25.487s to start on the front row tomorrow.

Searle will share the BMW M135i with Bathurst 1000 winner Paul Morris and Barry Graham to make an all-BMW front row.

The story of the day however was that of Karl Reindler and Tim Slade, as the two CXC Global Mitsubishi EVO X drivers set the third- and sixth-fastest times respectively.

What made their efforts remarkable was that, having set his time early in the session, Slade donated the driveshaft out of the car he’s sharing with Dylan Thomas to enable Reindler the opportunity to set a qualifying time.

Reindler’s and co-driver Andrew Richmond’s car had broken an axle the day prior and spares were late to arrive before qualifying.

Their efforts were duly rewarded, Reindler setting a 2:26.488s on his first flying lap before improving to a 2:26.161s on his second effort which netted third on the grid.

A difficult session saw Chaz Mostert and Nathan Morcom just 17th in the Ford Focus RS, the squad frustrated ahead of tomorrow’s race.

Such was their plight, Mostert recorded just three timed laps as the duo ended the day three places down on the car in which they won last year’s race, this year driven by Jack Perkins and Leigh Burges.

The Burges/Perkins combination was the fastest B1 Class qualifier in the BMW 335i in 14th overall, while Tony Virag in the Holden Commodore managed 18th to be fastest B2 Class entry.

Another Commodore topped A1 Class, with Trevor Symonds, Paul Lane and Scott Bargwanna in the VY HSV GT3 with the 12th best time overall.

Todd Hazelwood banked a solid lap in the first qualifying session in the BMW 130i he’s sharing with Robert Rubis, his 2:35.240s seeing the Super2 racer claim pole position in Class C ahead of Hadrian Morrall and Colin Osborne in the Renault Megane RS.

Former Formula 4 racer Jimmy Vernon will line up 40th outright with co-driver Mark Caine, the pair first in the twelve-car strong D Class.

The leading Mercedes AMG A45 belonged to Rod Salmon and Nathan Antunes in fourth place, while David Wall and John Bowe were the leading Mitsubishi EVO IX in eighth place.

Garth Walden and Craig Baird overcame Friday’s turbo issues to qualify tenth, one spot behind the sister AMG A45 of Duvashen Padayachee, Ben Porter, and Robert Woods.

A total of 61 cars qualified, with that number rising to a potential 64 as a number of competitors who failed to set times are expected apply for dispensation to start tomorrow’s race.

The Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour is scheduled to get underway at 1130 (AEST).

Qualifying: Results, Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour

Pos Nbr Cls PIC Name Car Fastest Gap
1 18 A1 1 Sherrin-Sherrin BMW M4 F82 2:25.487  
2 62 A1 2 Searle-Morris-Graham BMW M135i Hatch F20 2:25.928 0.441
3 46 A1 3 Richmond-Reindler Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X RS 2:26.161 0.674
4 12 A1 4 Salmon-Atunes Mercedes Benz A45 AMG 2:26.488 1.001
5 7 A1 5 Pollicina-Simpson Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X RS 2:26.644 1.157
6 68 A1 6 Thomas-Slade Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X RS 2:26.780 1.293
7 80 A1 7 Lynton-Leahey BMW M Coupe (1 Series) 2:26.971 1.484
8 20 A1 8 Wall-Bowe Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX GSR 2:27.331 1.844
9 29 A1 9 Woods-Porter-Padayachee Mercedes Benz A45 AMG 2:27.587 2.100
10 45 A1 10 Walden-Baird Mercedes Benz A45 AMG 2:27.612 2.125
11 67 A1 11 Gray-Gomersall Ford FGII GT-F 2:27.776 2.289
12 53 A2 1 Symonds-Lane-Bargwanna Holden VY-HSV GTS 2:28.733 3.246
13 56 A1 12 Alford-Eddy Audi TTRS 8J 2:28.781 3.294
14 11 B1 1 Burges-Perkins BMW 335i E92 2:29.359 3.872
15 95 A1 13 Abela-Hill Subaru Impreza WRX Sti G-4 2:30.006 4.519
16 77 A1 14 Soole-Burgess-Burgess BMW M Coupe (1 Series) 2:30.269 4.782
17 1 A1 15 Morcom-Mostert Ford Focus RS LZ 2:30.674 5.187
18 69 B2 1 Krinelos-Virag-Loscialpo Holden VF SSV Redline CL 2:30.881 5.394
19 54 B1 2 Stefan-Barnett BMW 335i E92 2:31.000 5.513
20 16 A2 2 Hodges-Hudspeth-Coulthard Holden VY CSV Monaro Mondo GT 2:31.090 5.603
21 51 A2 3 Flanagan-Malouf Holden VY2-HSV GTS 2:31.244 5.757
22 83 A1 16 Muston-Paddon Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX RS 2:31.528 6.041
23 4 A2 4 Muir-JamieHodgson Holden VE-HSV GTS 2:32.484 6.997
24 6 A1 17 O’Dowd-Thompson Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X RS 2:32.549 7.062
25 48 B1 3 Gore-Galang-Bensley BMW 135i E82 2:32.804 7.317
26 44 A2 5 Clift-Clift-Heffernan Holden VZ-HSV R8 Clubsport 2:33.119 7.632
27 27 B1 4 McFarland-Hough Subaru Impreza WRX Sti G-2 2:33.690 8.203
28 65 A1 18 Andrews-Griffith Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX RS 2:33.860 8.373
29 15 B1 5 Kavich-Kavich-Pilkington Subaru Impreza WRX Sti G-2 2:33.962 8.475
30 58 A1 19 Alford-Parrish BMW M Coupe (1 Series) 2:34.377 8.890
31 66 A1 20 Agathos-Gibbons Subaru Impreza WRX Sti V-1 2:34.531 9.044
32 40 C 1 Rubis-Hazelwood BMW 130i E87 2:35.240 9.753
33 13 C 2 Osborne-Morrall Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy R 2:36.061 10.574
34 24 B2 2 Walden-Auld-Bloomfield Holden VE SSV-Redline 2:37.035 11.548
35 25 I 1 Cowham-Kearns Ford Falcon AU 2:37.823 12.336
36 76 B2 3 Williams-Bilski Holden VE SSV-Redline 2:38.728 13.241
37 22 I 2 Jarvis-Jarvis Ford Falcon AU 2:38.918 13.431
38 5 C 3 Westwood-McMahon BMW M3 E36 3.0 L 2:39.065 13.578
39 88 I 3 Andersen-Donnelly Ford Falcon AU 2:39.082 13.595
40 37 D 1 Vernon-Caine Toyota 86 GTS ZN SER 2:39.921 14.434
41 17 C 4 Aubin-Aubin Renault Megane RS 265 2:39.987 14.500
42 28 B1 6 O’Donnell-O’Donnell-O’Donnell BMW 335i E92 2:40.230 14.743
43 23 I 4 McCleverty-Zacka-Zacka Ford Falcon AU 2:40.381 14.894
44 35 C 5 Shaw-Cox-Sloss Mazda RX-8 RX8A 2:40.973 15.486
45 31 C 6 Everingham-Hughes Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy R 2:41.043 15.556
46 49 D 2 Crowe-Grubel Toyota 86 GTS ZN SER 2:41.402 15.915
47 3 D 3 Reeves-Sutton Toyota 86 GTS ZN SER 2:42.222 16.735
48 52 D 4 Heath-Heath Toyota 86 GTS ZN SER 2:42.439 16.952
49 43 C 7 Cox-Gosling BMW 130i E87 2:42.849 17.362
50 10 C 8 Raddatz-Cancian Alfa Romeo Gulietta QV 2:43.566 18.079
51 50 D 5 Keene-Keene-Martens Mini Cooper S JCW R53 2:43.949 18.462
52 47 D 6 Baker-Windsor Honda Integra Type R 2:43.990 18.503
53 39 D 7 Bailey-Thewlis Toyota 86 GTS ZN SER 2:44.213 18.726
54 8 I 5 Carr-PaulJarvis Ford Falcon AU 2:45.171 19.684
55 85 D 8 Kirkham-Kirkham-Cameron Mazda MX6 GE 2.5 2:45.701 20.214
56 86 D 9 Phillips-Abbate Toyota 86 GTS ZN SER 2:46.275 20.788
57 21 I 6 Williams-Williams-Burges Kia Proceed GT 2:46.402 20.915
58 98 D 10 Williams-Metcalf-Sugden Toyota Camry 2:48.537 23.050
59 33 D 11 Foote-Cauchi Nissan Pulsar N15 2:54.336 28.849
60 55 D 12 Hopp-Sortwell-Pittman Eunos 30X 2:55.672 30.185
61 61 I 7 Stephenson-Cotton-Harvey Hyundai Excel X3 3:01.895 36.408
DNC 71 I   Trewin-Cameron Holden Commodore VT    

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