DJR Team Penske driver and Championship leader Scott McLaughlin took provisional pole position for the Bathurst 1000 in an eventful Friday qualifying session.
The first qualifying session of the weekend is for the drivers to earn a spot in the top 10 shootout on Saturday whilst the rest of the grid is determined in this session.
McLaughlin wasn’t able to improve on his record breaking 2:04.1 from earlier in the day however he did set a qualifying session best 2:04.22 to secure the last run in the shootout tomorrow.
David Reynolds was second fastest with all 4 Prodrive Falcons, and McLaughlin’s teammate Fabian Coulthard, making the top 10 shootout.
The 2016 Bathurst winner Will Davison wasn’t able to reach the shootout after hitting the wall at Sulman Park late in the session and parking his car for the final minutes.
GRM Driver James Moffat crashed at the same spot as Richard Muscat and Shane Van Gisbergen on Thursday, bringing out a red flag and ruining several drivers chances of reaching the shootout.
Unfortunately for Moffat, at the time of the red flag he was inside the top 10 however due to the rules he had his fastest time deleted, sending the Holden driver back down to 22nd for the race on Sunday.
Jamie Whincup was a casualty of the incident as he was promoted to only 11th meaning he cannot start the race ahead of championship rival McLaughlin.
Other notable results include Craig Lowndes only managing 19th and none of the Nissan Altima’s making the shootout.
McLaughlin will be aiming for his first Bathurst pole in the top 10 shootout tomorrow, but the 9 other drivers will be trying their best to stop the runaway championship leader.
Article by Adam Ashmore (@GeorgeAshmore_)