Jamie Whincup will start from pole position for Sunday's Bathurst 1000

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 Holden Triple 8 Engineering 2:07.8825
2. Mark Winterbottom / Steve Richards Ford Ford Performance Racing + 0.1939
3. Jason Bright / Andrew Jones Holden Brad Jones Racing + 0.3938
4. Shane van Gisbergen / Jeroen Bleekemolen Holden Tekno Autosports + 0.3979
5. James Courtney / Greg Murphy Holden Walkinshaw Performance + 0.9485
6. Craig Lowndes / Warren Luff Holden Triple 8 Engineering + 1.0811
7. Will Davison / Steve Owen Ford Ford Performance Racing + 1.1198
9. Scott McLaughlin / Jack Perkins Holden Garry Rogers Motorsport + 1.3101
8. David Reynolds / Dean Canto Ford Ford Performance Racing + 1.3608
10. Alexandre Prémat / Greg Ritter Holden Garry Rogers Motorsport + 2.5320
  Top-10 Shootout Cut-Off – 2:08.5900 Entry / Team Result*
11. Garth Tander / Nick Percat Holden Walkinshaw Performance + 0.6322
12. Lee Holdsworth / Craig Baird AMG Erebus Motorsport + 0.7102
13. David Wall / Chris Pither Holden Brad Jones Racing + 0.8623
14. Fabian Coulthard / Luke Youlden Holden Brad Jones Racing + 0.8642
15. Tony D’Alberto / Jonny Reid Holden Tony D’Alberto Racing + 0.8780
16. Maro Engel / Steven Johnson AMG Erebus Motorsport + 0.9249
17. Michael Caruso / Daniel Gaunt Nissan Nissan Motorsport + 0.9266
18. Mattias Ekstrom / Andry Priaulx Holden Triple 8 Engineering + 0.9946
19. James Moffat / Taz Douglas Nissan Nissan Motorsport + 1.0975
20. Jonathon Webb / Marc Lieb Holden Tekno Autosports + 1.1304
21. Tim Blanchard / Ashley Walsh Ford Dick Johnson Racing + 1.1858
22. Scott Pye / Paul Morris Holden Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 1.3377
23. Todd Kelly / David Russell Nissan Nissan Motorsport + 1.3404
24. Rick Kelly / Karl Reindler Nissan Nissan Motorsport + 1.4807
25. Russell Ingall / Ryan Briscoe Holden Walkinshaw Performance + 1.5881
26. Alex Davison / John McIntyre Ford Ford Performance Racing + 1.6614
27. Dean Fiore / Matt Halliday Holden Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 1.6914
NQ. Chaz Mostert / Dale Wood Ford Dick Johnson Racing no time
NQ. Tim Slade / Andrew Thompson AMG Erebus Motorsport no time

* Denotes gap to fastest preliminary qualifying time of 2:08.0054 posted by Jamie Whincup

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