Will Davison has claimed his first Bathurst 1000 pole position ahead of tomorrow’s 50th anniversary endurance race. The championship contender delivered a perfect flying lap in tricky conditions to secure Saturday’s bragging rights in the V8 Supercars Championship’s most important race.
The Ford Performance Racing driver endured a nervous wait while the final four runners went out to post the single flying lap attempt to snatch pole position.
Championship leader Jamie Whincup came closest, clocking purple sector times in the first two sectors of the 6.2-kilometre lap, before falling just three-hundredths of a second short of Davidson’s effort. Whincup’s lap was all the more impressive given that it came when conditions were at their worst, with spots of rain having started to fall around the circuit.
Shane van Gisbergen and Mark Winterbottom ensured that three Fords would claim the top-four spots, lining up ahead of of the Holdens of Fabian Coulthard and Garth Tander.
Tim Slade and David Reynolds will start from the fourth row of their grid in their Ford Falcons, while Craig Lowndes and Steve Owen both struggled on their hot laps, posting the slowest times in the Top-10 Shootout.
2012 V8 Supercars Bathurst 1000 – Final Qualifying Result:
|Driver||Entry / Team||Top-10 Result|
|1.||Will Davison / John McIntyre||Ford Performance Racing||2:08.0693|
|2.||Jamie Whincup / Paul Dumbrell||Triple 8 Racing||+ 0.0315|
|3.||Shane van Gisbergen / Luke Youlden||Stone Brothers Racing||+ 0.1098|
|4.||Mark Winterbottom / Steven Richards||Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.1270|
|5.||Fabian Coulthard / David Besnard||Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.2692|
|6.||Garth Tander / Nick Percat||Holden Racing Team||+ 0.4062|
|7.||Tim Slade / Andrew Thompson||Stone Brothers Racing||+ 0.5302|
|8.||David Reynolds / Dean Canto||Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.8173|
|9.||Craig Lowndes / Warren Luff||Triple 8 Racing||+ 1.0304|
|10.||Steve Owen / Paul Morris||Dick Johnson Racing||+ 2.0030|
|Driver||Entry / Team||Q1 Result|
|11.||Jonathon Webb / Scott McLaughlin||Tekno Autosports||+ 0.5895|
|12.||Jason Bright / Andrew Jones||Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.6426|
|13.||Rick Kelly / David Russell||Kelly Racing||+ 0.6780|
|14.||James Courtney / Cameron McConville||Holden Racing Team||+ 0.7547|
|15.||Lee Holdsworth / Craig Baird||Stone Brothers Racing||+ 0.8234|
|16.||Michael Caruso / Greg Ritter||Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 0.8264|
|17.||James Moffat / Alex Davison||Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.8704|
|18.||Steven Johnson / Allan Simonsen||Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.8866|
|19.||Todd Kelly / Tim Blanchard||Kelly Racing||+ 1.1090|
|20.||Michael Patrizi / Jonny Reid||Tekno Autosports||+ 1.1095|
|21.||Dean Fiore / Matt Halliday||Dick Johnson Racing||+ 1.1108|
|22.||David Wall / Chris Pither||Brad Jones Racing||+ 1.1946|
|23.||Greg Murphy / Owen Kelly||Kelly Racing||+ 1.2182|
|24.||Tony D’Alberto / Dale Wood||Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 1.2196|
|25.||Russell Ingall / Christian Klien||Walkinshaw Racing||+ 1.2677|
|26.||Alexandre Prémat / Jack Perkins||Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 1.4580|
|27.||Taz Douglas / Scott Pye||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 1.5231|
|28.||Karl Reindler / Daniel Gaunt||Kelly Racing||+ 1.6622|
|29.||Cameron Waters / Jesse Dixon||Kelly Racing||+ 2.7720|