Jamie Whincup has won the first Bathurst 1000 pole position of his record-breaking career, with the Red Bull Racing Australia driving guiding his Holden Commodore quickest around the Mount Panorama circuit in this afternoon’s Top-10 qualifying shootout.
Having been the quickest preliminary qualifier yesterday, Whincup was the last man out in the one-lap session, and took advantage of the rapidly cooling track conditions to post the fastest time, the only one under the 2m08s barrier.
The reigning champion edged out Ford Performance Racing’s Mark Winterbottom by less than two-tenths of a second.
The final top-ten result bore a similar resemblance to Friday’s provisional placements, with only Shane van Gisbergen and Scott McLaughlin managing to improve on their provisional grid slots earned the day before.
A critical factor was the timing of the session – held at 5:00pm local time so the local broadcaster, Channel 7, could air it right before its primetime news bulletins – which means that those who started earlier in the session were significantly disadvantaged by the (then) warmer track conditions.
David Reynolds – who was quickest in the morning’s final practice session – was one such driver to criticise the format and timing of the session, having qualified just ninth-fastest in his Bottle-O Ford Falcon.
“I reckon the whole Top 10 Shootout is rigged,” he fumed. “The session goes for an hour and the track is going to be slower at the start than it is at the end.
“I had to go out third, so if you look at the time sheet it shows me being over a second slower than the person who was on pole. I’m not a second off the pace.
“Our practice was on at about 10 o’clock and then we wank around all day doing appearances and putting up with people; I’ve had a gutful.”
2013 V8 Supercars Bathurst 1000 – Final Qualifying Results:
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Jamie Whincup / Paul Dumbrell||Triple 8 Engineering||2:07.8825|
|2.||Mark Winterbottom / Steve Richards||Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.1939|
|3.||Jason Bright / Andrew Jones||Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.3938|
|4.||Shane van Gisbergen / Jeroen Bleekemolen||Tekno Autosports||+ 0.3979|
|5.||James Courtney / Greg Murphy||Walkinshaw Performance||+ 0.9485|
|6.||Craig Lowndes / Warren Luff||Triple 8 Engineering||+ 1.0811|
|7.||Will Davison / Steve Owen||Ford Performance Racing||+ 1.1198|
|9.||Scott McLaughlin / Jack Perkins||Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 1.3101|
|8.||David Reynolds / Dean Canto||Ford Performance Racing||+ 1.3608|
|10.||Alexandre Prémat / Greg Ritter||Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 2.5320|
|Top-10 Shootout Cut-Off – 2:08.5900||Entry / Team||Result*|
|11.||Garth Tander / Nick Percat||Walkinshaw Performance||+ 0.6322|
|12.||Lee Holdsworth / Craig Baird||Erebus Motorsport||+ 0.7102|
|13.||David Wall / Chris Pither||Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.8623|
|14.||Fabian Coulthard / Luke Youlden||Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.8642|
|15.||Tony D’Alberto / Jonny Reid||Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 0.8780|
|16.||Maro Engel / Steven Johnson||Erebus Motorsport||+ 0.9249|
|17.||Michael Caruso / Daniel Gaunt||Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.9266|
|18.||Mattias Ekstrom / Andry Priaulx||Triple 8 Engineering||+ 0.9946|
|19.||James Moffat / Taz Douglas||Nissan Motorsport||+ 1.0975|
|20.||Jonathon Webb / Marc Lieb||Tekno Autosports||+ 1.1304|
|21.||Tim Blanchard / Ashley Walsh||Dick Johnson Racing||+ 1.1858|
|22.||Scott Pye / Paul Morris||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 1.3377|
|23.||Todd Kelly / David Russell||Nissan Motorsport||+ 1.3404|
|24.||Rick Kelly / Karl Reindler||Nissan Motorsport||+ 1.4807|
|25.||Russell Ingall / Ryan Briscoe||Walkinshaw Performance||+ 1.5881|
|26.||Alex Davison / John McIntyre||Ford Performance Racing||+ 1.6614|
|27.||Dean Fiore / Matt Halliday||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 1.6914|
|NQ.||Chaz Mostert / Dale Wood||Dick Johnson Racing||no time|
|NQ.||Tim Slade / Andrew Thompson||Erebus Motorsport||no time|
* Denotes gap to fastest preliminary qualifying time of 2:08.0054 posted by Jamie Whincup