Bathurst 1000: Scott McLaughlin leads wet first qualifying

Andrew van Leeuwen
McLaughlin leads wet first Bathurst qualifying
McLaughlin leads wet first Bathurst qualifying

Scott McLaughlin topped a wild rain-affected first qualifying session for Supercars' Bathurst 1000.

McLaughlin and Chaz Mostert traded blows throughout the wet session, the Ford pair leading the way as times tumbled from the 2m33s to sub-2m30s.

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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 DJR Team Penske Mustang.

But the Tickford driver fell short in the final sector, ending up four tenths of a second down on the runaway points leader.

The Friday session sets the field for the top 10 pole shootout on Saturday, and the grid from 11th back.

"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.

Will Davison was next, followed by Brad Jones Racing pair Tim Slade and Nick Percat.

McLaughlin leads wet first Bathurst qualifying
McLaughlin leads wet first Bathurst qualifying

Jamie Whincup, who had crashed in the morning practice session (pictured above), spent the majority of the session outside the top 10, jumping from 16th to seventh right at the flag to ensure he will be in the pole hunt.

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.

Mark Winterbottom was ninth, with Anton De Pasquale grabbing the final shootout spot - and the only one for Erebus - with 10th.

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.

Others to miss the single-lap dash include McLaughlin's team-mate Fabian Coulthard, who will start the race from 16th, as well as David Reynolds who was a lowly 22nd.

First qualifying result

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Time

Gap

1

Scott McLaughlin

Shell V-Power Racing Team

Ford

2m27.6476s

-

2

Chaz Mostert

Supercheap Auto Racing

Ford

2m28.0484s

0.4008s

3

Shane van Gisbergen

Red Bull Holden Racing Team

Holden

2m29.1880s

1.5404s

4

Will Davison

Milwaukee Racing

Ford

2m29.2431s

1.5955s

5

Tim Slade

Freightliner Racing

Holden

2m29.3889s

1.7413s

6

Nick Percat

Brad Jones Racing

Holden

2m29.4619s

1.8143s

7

Jamie Whincup

Red Bull Holden Racing Team

Holden

2m29.6973s

2.0497s

8

Cameron Waters

Monster Energy Racing

Ford

2m29.7038s

2.0562s

9

Mark Winterbottom

IRWIN Racing

Holden

2m29.8025s

2.1549s

10

Anton De Pasquale

Penrite Racing

Holden

2m29.8288s

2.1812s

11

Rick Kelly

Castrol Racing

Nissan

2m29.8573s

2.2097s

12

Richie Stanaway

Boost Mobile Racing

Holden

2m29.9048s

2.2572s

13

Andre Heimgartner

Plus Fitness Racing

Nissan

2m30.1249s

2.4773s

14

Scott Pye

Mobil 1 MEGA Racing

Holden

2m30.1690s

2.5214s

15

Todd Hazelwood

Matt Stone Racing

Holden

2m30.2670s

2.6194s

16

Fabian Coulthard

Shell V-Power Racing Team

Ford

2m30.2983s

2.6507s

17

Simona de Silvestro

Team Harvey Norman

Nissan

2m30.5723s

2.9247s

18

James Courtney

Mobil 1 Racing

Holden

2m30.6557s

3.0081s

19

James Golding

Boost Mobile Racing

Holden

2m30.7457s

3.0981s

20

Lee Holdsworth

The Bottle-O Racing Team

Ford

2m30.7643s

3.1167s

21

Garry Jacobson

Kelly Racing

Nissan

2m30.9051s

3.2575s

22

David Reynolds

Penrite Racing

Holden

2m31.1510s

3.5034s

23

Macauley Jones

Team Cooldrive

Holden

2m31.2474s

3.5998s

24

Brodie Kostecki

Kostecki Brothers Racing

Holden

2m31.5758s

3.9282s

25

Alexander Rossi

Walkinshaw Andretti United

Holden

2m31.6046s

3.9570s

26

Jack Le Brocq

Truck Assist Tekno Racing

Holden

2m33.8786s

6.2310s


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