Love scores Carrera Cup pole at Bathurst


Aaron Love (right) set the pace in Porsche Carrera Cup Australia. Picture: Ross Gibb Photography

Aaron Love has clinched pole for the Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia Championship at the 2022 Repco Bathurst 1000.

The Sonic Motor Racing driver lapped the 6.213km circuit in a blistering 2:05.3525s to seal pole position, with RAM Motorsport driver Dylan O’Keeffe (2:06.0289s) and Timken Racing’s Dale Wood (2:06.1295s) clocking times late in the session to secure starts at the front of the field.

Love was left elated following his pole position.

“Pretty difficult session but I’m really happy with it,” Love said.

“It was the first time in this car, at this track, but it was the same for everybody.

“It was a case of learning the track and seeing what this car can do, but then it started raining a little bit and just threw another curveball at us.

“But just really happy we can come away with pole, but also learn a lot about the car in the process and have no scratches on it, so I’m pretty stoked.”

The top three lapped under the previous best qualifying time of 2:06.2099s set by current Porsche factory driver Matt Campbell in a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in 2015.

Qualifying was red flagged after TechworkX Motorsport’s Max Vidau went into the sand trap at Turn 1.

After the #72 was retrieved, the session effectively became an eight-minute shootout for pole position.

Points leader Harri Jones (2:06.7962s) bounced back from heavy contact in Practice to qualify fourth, while Vidau (2:06.9092s) also recovered from his off that caused the red flag to qualify fifth.

Christian Pancione, Jackson Walls, Nick McBride, Simon Fallon, and David Russell rounded out the top 10.

Geoff Emery was the fastest of the Morris Finance Pro-Am class competitors with a 2:08.1544s, over a second faster than The Bend Motorsport Park owner Sam Shahin (2:09.3823s) and Adrian Flack (2:10.3403s).

Race 1 for Porsche Carrera Cup Australia is tomorrow at 14:15 local time/AEDT.

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