Bathurst 1000: McLaughlin fastest as rain shakes up qualifying
Scott McLaughlin topped a wild rain-affected qualifying session at Mount Panorama.
With 10 minutes to go their battle went up a notch, McLaughlin pulling clear with a 2m28.187s.
He then looked to put provisional pole to bed with a 2m27.647s, only for Mostert to set two purple sectors as he looked to run down the Shell Ford.
But the Tickford driver fell short in the final sector, ending up four-tenths down on the runway points leader.
“I was so nervous before that qualifying session because we had such a good car and this is probably going to be the only wet session that we have,” said McLaughlin.
“I’m really proud. We’ve been struggling with our wet car, but we had an awesome car from the start. That was hands down the best wet car I’ve ever had.
“I wanted to be at the end of the Shootout when the track’s a little bit colder and faster so I was pushing to get into those first five spots, but obviously Sunday’s the one to worry about.”
Mostert added: “The second set [of tyres] we put on didn’t come in until very, very late. It is what it is. At least we’re in the 10.
“Everyone in pitlane can give themselves a pat on the back. I had about 10 or a dozen moments out there were I thought ‘that was close’, no doubt everyone was feeling that.”
Behind the top two it was a wild scramble for the Shootout spots, Shane van Gisbergen grabbing third with his final run.
Jamie Whincup spent the majority of the session outside the Top 10, jumping from 16th to seventh right at the flag to ensure he'll be in tomorrow's Shootout.
It was a similar story for Cam Waters, who didn't even get on track until there was just six minutes left thanks to an engine sensor issue.
He wasted little time getting down to speed, though, banking an against-the-odds Shootout spot with eighth.
Rick Kelly will start the Bathurst 1000 from 11th, the Nissan driver getting bumped out of the Shootout by De Pasquale's late lap.
Richie Stanaway, known for his wet weather ability, had looked to be on for a shock Shootout berth, only to slip down to 12th in the closing stages.
|1|| Scott McLaughlin |
|Ford Mustang GT||2'27.6476|
|2|| Chaz Mostert |
|Ford Mustang GT||2'28.0483||0.4007|
|3|| Shane van Gisbergen |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'29.1879||1.5403|
|4|| Will Davison |
|Ford Mustang GT||2'29.2431||1.5955|
|5|| Tim Slade ||Holden Commodore ZB||2'29.3889||1.7413|
|6|| Nick Percat |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'29.4619||1.8143|
|7|| Jamie Whincup |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'29.6973||2.0497|
|8|| Cameron Waters |
|Ford Mustang GT||2'29.7038||2.0562|
|9|| Mark Winterbottom |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'29.8025||2.1549|
|10|| Anton De Pasquale |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'29.8288||2.1812|
|11|| Rick Kelly |
|12|| Richie Stanaway |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'29.9047||2.2571|
|13|| Andre Heimgartner |
|14|| Scott Pye |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'30.1690||2.5214|
|15|| Todd Hazelwood |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'30.2670||2.6194|
|16|| Fabian Coulthard |
|Ford Mustang GT||2'30.2983||2.6507|
|17|| Simona de Silvestro |
|18|| James Courtney |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'30.6557||3.0081|
|19|| James Golding |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'30.7457||3.0981|
|20|| Lee Holdsworth |
|Ford Mustang GT||2'30.7642||3.1166|
|21|| Garry Jacobson |
|22|| David Reynolds |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'31.1510||3.5034|
|23|| Macauley Jones |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'31.2474||3.5998|
|24|| Brodie Kostecki |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'31.5757||3.9281|
|25|| Alexander Rossi |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'31.6046||3.9570|
|26|| Jack Le Brocq |
|Holden Commodore ZB||2'33.8786||6.2310|
|View full results|
Hulme, Murphy among Bathurst Legends Lane inductees
Waters reflects on Bathurst qualifying near-miss