Sherrins take lap record Bathurst 6 Hour pole
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
|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|
|59||33||D||11||Foote-Cauchi||Nissan Pulsar N15||2:54.336||28.849|
|61||61||I||7||Stephenson-Cotton-Harvey||Hyundai Excel X3||3:01.895||36.408|
|DNC||71||I||Trewin-Cameron||Holden Commodore VT|