Bathurst 1000: Scott McLaughlin seals pole with record lap

Andrew van Leeuwen
McLaughlin seals Bathurst pole with record lap
McLaughlin seals Bathurst pole with record lap

Scott McLaughlin took pole for the 2019 Bathurst 1000 with the fastest ever Supercars lap around Mount Panorama.

Running last in the single-lap dash, the Penske Ford driver showed his hand by going three tenths of a second clear of next-best Chaz Mostert in the opening sector.

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But the end of the lap the margin was 0.4s, and McLaughlin's 2m03.378s is now the best ever in a Supercar around Mount Panorama.

It's the third time McLaughlin has reset the lap record this weekend, and the pole was his 15th for the 2019 season.

"Oh my god, bloody hell," he said after completing the history-making lap.

"I was hanging on for dear life there, Jesus Christ.

"Coming down the hill, I was pretty fast and thought 'jeez, I've just got to hold onto the thing'. Then just threw it into the Chase and the last corner and it held on, it stuck well.

"We've got one big one to get tomorrow, that's what I'm focused on a lot more, but we've qualified now and we're starting from the best possible position."

Mostert ended up second, forced to dig deep to beat Tickford team-mate Cam Waters.

Waters was the big mover in the pole shootout, turning eighth in qualifying into third on the grid with a wild 2m03.917s.

"I gave that absolutely everything, didn't really leave much on the table," said Waters.

"The boys did a really good job with pressures, the fronts were up straight away.

McLaughlin seals Bathurst pole with record lap
McLaughlin seals Bathurst pole with record lap

"All over the top I was using the throttle to turn it and it actually helped me. Sometimes it'll end up you're in the fence and sometimes it actually helps you, and luckily it helped me."

Jamie Whincup was fourth fastest despite a big slide coming onto Conrod Straight, followed by Triple Eight team-mate Shane van Gisbergen.

Will Davison dropped a couple of spots compared to qualifying with the sixth-best time, while Erebus' Anton De Pasquale jumped up three spots to grab seventh on the grid.

The two Brad Jones Racing cars both went backwards in the shootout, Nick Percat unhappy with his Holden's balance after dropping from sixth in qualifying to eighth.

"It's lacking front and rear grip, to be honest," said the 2011 Bathurst winner.

"The balance is alright, you can drive it to the walls and all that stuff, we just don't have the grip, so it's a bit frustrating."

Tim Slade, meanwhile, went from a fine fifth in qualifying to ninth after his single-lap effort.

"We haven't quite nailed the dry car this weekend yet, it's pretty good in the wet, but we'll keep chipping away," he said.

Mark Winterbottom will start the 2019 running of the 'Great Race' from 10th.

Starting grid

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Time

Gap

1

S.McLaughlin, A.Premat

DJR Penske

Ford

2m03.3783s

-

2

C.Mostert, J.Moffat

Tickford

Ford

2m03.7897s

0.4114s

3

C.Waters, M.Caruso

Tickford

Ford

2m03.9178s

0.5395s

4

J.Whincup, C.Lowndes

Triple Eight

Holden

2m03.9505s

0.5722s

5

S.Gisbergen, G.Tander

Triple Eight

Holden

2m04.1136s

0.7353s

6

W.Davison, A.Davison

23Red Racing

Ford

2m04.3295s

0.9512s

7

A.De Pasquale, W.Brown

Erebus

Holden

2m04.3830s

1.0047s

8

N.Percat, T.Blanchard

Brad Jones

Holden

2m04.6705s

1.2922s

9

T.Slade, A.Walsh

Brad Jones

Holden

2m04.8395s

1.4612s

10

M.Winterbottom, S.Richards

Schwerkolt

Holden

2m04.9800s

1.6017s

11

R.Kelly, D.Wood

Kelly

Nissan

2m29.8573s

-

12

R.Stanaway, C.Pither

GRM

Holden

2m29.9048s

-

13

A.Heimgartner, B.Fullwood

Kelly

Nissan

2m30.1249s

-

14

S.Pye, W.Luff

Walkinshaw

Holden

2m30.1690s

-

15

T.Hazelwood, J.Smith

Matt Stone

Holden

2m30.2670s

-

16

F.Coulthard, T.D'Alberto

DJR Penske

Ford

2m30.2983s

-

17

S.de Silvestro, A.Rullo

Kelly

Nissan

2m30.5723s

-

18

J.Courtney, J.Perkins

Walkinshaw

Holden

2m30.6557s

-

19

J.Golding, R.Muscat

GRM

Holden

2m30.7457s

-

20

L.Holdsworth, T.Randle

Tickford

Ford

2m30.7643s

-

21

G.Jacobson, D.Fiore

Kelly

Nissan

2m30.9051s

-

22

D.Reynolds, L.Youlden

Erebus

Holden

2m31.1510s

-

23

M.Jones, D.Canto

Blanchard/BJR

Holden

2m31.2474s

-

24

B.Kostecki, J.Kostecki

Kostecki

Holden

2m31.5758s

-

25

A.Rossi, J.Hinchcliffe

Walkinshaw

Holden

2m31.6046s

-

26

J.Le Brocq, J.Webb

Tekno

Holden

2m33.8786s

-


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