Bathurst 1000: McLaughlin tops crash-affected qualifying

Bathurst 1000: McLaughlin tops crash-affected qualifying
Oct 6, 2017, 5:57 AM

Scott McLaughlin will run last in tomorrow’s Top 10 Shootout at Mount Panorama, while Jamie Whincup failed to make the Top 10 and will start the Great Race from 11th.

Scott McLaughlin, Team Penske Ford
Shane van Gisbergen, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Cameron Waters, Prodrive Racing Australia Ford
Fabian Coulthard, Team Penske Ford

Fresh off the back of setting a new lap record this morning, McLaughlin first jumped to the top of the qualifying time sheet with a 2m04.457s under 20 minutes into the session.

While that time would have been good enough for provisional pole, McLaughlin didn’t stop there. With 15 minutes to go he improved to a 2m04.318s, before sealing the deal with a 2m04.225s on his final run.

David Reynolds finished up second, despite a scare with a red flag at the end of the session. While he’d effectively booked his Shootout spot with a 2m04.976s early in the session, he almost lost his best lap – a 2m04.473s – when James Moffat hit the wall with seconds left on the clock.

Luckily Reynolds had crossed the line, bumping himself down to the classy end of the Shootout running order.

While it ultimately didn’t affect Reynolds, the red flag did change the complexion of the Top 10. Moffat himself had effectively secured a Shootout spot, sitting ninth before tagging the wall on the way out of The Dipper.

Triggering the red flag meant he lost his quickest time, and ended the session classified down in 22nd.

The Garry Rogers Motorsport will also have a late-night repair on its hands, with Moffat’s Commodore bouncing off both sides of the wall as the shunt played out.

The silver lining for the GRM crew was that Moffat’s exclusion from the Top 10 promoted Garth Tander into 10th, sneaking him into the Shootout.

Moffat’s crash also affected Fabian Coulthard, who had gone purple in the first sector of his final lap. The red flag meant he had to abort the lap, although he still booked a Shootout spot with the sixth fastest time.

Leading Coulthard was a trio of Prodrive Fords, Chaz Mostert leading Cam Waters and Mark Winterbottom.

Shane van Gisbergen was seventh fastest, and the only Triple Eight driver to make the Shootout. His Red Bull Holden teammate Jamie Whincup – considered a pre-race favourite – failed to make the Shootout at all, qualifying 12th before being promoted to 11th after Moffat lost his lap.

Craig Lowndes, meanwhile, will start the race way down in 19th.

James Courtney put a Walkinshaw Commodore in the Shootout with the eighth best time, while Jason Bright’s ninth made sure all four Prodrive Fords made it into tomorrow’s one-lap dash.

Not a single Nissan made the cut, Rick Kelly the squad’s best performer in 12th.

1 17 france  Alexandre Prémat 
new_zealand  Scott McLaughlin 
Ford Falcon FG-X 2'04.2254  
2 9 australia  David Reynolds 
Luke Youlden 
Holden Commodore VF 2'04.4730 0.2476
3 55 australia  Steven Owen 
australia  Chaz Mostert 
Ford Falcon FG-X 2'04.5304 0.3050
4 6 new_zealand  Richie Stanaway 
australia  Cameron Waters 
Ford Falcon FG-X 2'04.5958 0.3704
5 5 australia  Mark Winterbottom 
australia  Dean Canto 
Ford Falcon FG-X 2'04.7857 0.5603
6 12 Tony D'Alberto 
new_zealand  Fabian Coulthard 
Ford Falcon FG-X 2'04.8955 0.6701
7 97 new_zealand  Shane van Gisbergen 
australia  Matt Campbell 
Holden Commodore VF 2'05.0225 0.7971
8 22 australia  James Courtney 
australia  Jack Perkins 
Holden Commodore VF 2'05.0417 0.8163
9 56 australia  Jason Bright 
australia  Garry Jacobson 
Ford Falcon FG-X 2'05.0804 0.8550
10 33 australia  Garth Tander 
australia  James Golding 
Holden Commodore VF 2'05.1094 0.8840
11 88 australia  Jamie Whincup 
australia  Paul Dumbrell 
Holden Commodore VF 2'05.1686 0.9432
12 15 australia  Rick Kelly 
australia  David Wall 
Nissan Altima 2'05.1996 0.9742
13 23 australia  Michael Caruso 
australia  Dean Fiore 
Nissan Altima 2'05.2503 1.0249
14 8 australia  Nick Percat 
australia  Macauley Jones 
Holden Commodore VF 2'05.2846 1.0592
15 20 australia  Todd Kelly 
australia  Jack Le Brocq 
Nissan Altima 2'05.2974 1.0720
16 19 Jonathon Webb 
australia  Will Davison 
Holden Commodore VF 2'05.3840 1.1586
17 18 australia  Lee Holdsworth 
australia  Karl Reindler 
Holden Commodore VF 2'05.4379 1.2125
18 14 australia  Tim Slade 
australia  Ash Walsh 
Holden Commodore VF 2'05.5562 1.3308
19 888 new_zealand  Steven Richards 
australia  Craig Lowndes 
Holden Commodore VF 2'05.5625 1.3371
20 2 australia  Warren Luff 
australia  Scott Pye 
Holden Commodore VF 2'05.6182 1.3928
21 99 australia  Dale Wood 
new_zealand  Chris Pither 
Holden Commodore VF 2'05.6414 1.4160
22 34 australia  James Moffat 
australia  Richard Muscat 
Holden Commodore VF 2'05.6430 1.4176
23 78 switzerland  Simona de Silvestro 
australia  David Russell 
Nissan Altima 2'05.9423 1.7169
24 21 australia  Tim Blanchard 
australia  Todd Hazelwood 
Holden Commodore VF 2'05.9703 1.7449
25 3 australia  Aaren Russell 
australia  Taz Douglas 
Holden Commodore VF 2'06.4233 2.1979
26 62 australia  Alex Davison 
australia  Alex Rullo 
Holden Commodore VF 2'07.4801 3.2547
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Series Supercars
Event Bathurst
Location Mount Panorama Circuit
Author Andrew van Leeuwen