Sport Bathurst 1000: Scott McLaughlin leads wet first qualifying
McLaughlin out to break Bathurst duck
Supercars great Mark Skaife is not so sure dominant series leader Scott McLaughlin will extend his winning run and claim a maiden Bathurst 1000. But motorsport great Mark Skaife says the jury is still out on whether the all-conquering Ford driver can extend his record-breaking winning run by claiming a maiden Bathurst 1000 title at Mount Panorama on Sunday.
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.
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.
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But the Tickford driver fell short in the final sector, ending up four tenths of a second down on the runaway points leader.
McLaughlin says he's got 'nothing to lose' in bid for Bathurst glory
Scott McLaughlin has taken the world of Supercars by storm in recent years. But one key piece of silverware has eluded him.He may only be 26 years old, but McLaughlin has become one of the senior figures in the Supercars paddock. That happens when you’re the reigning series champion and headed for your second title after a dominant season that has already included a record-breaking 17 race wins.
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."
Bathurst 1000: McLaughlin/Premat win for DJR Penske in tense finish
Scott McLaughlin and Alexandre Premat won Supercars' Bathurst 1000, as the championship leader held off Shane van Gisbergen in a nailbiting run to the flag . The DJR Team Penske Ford Mustang of McLaughlin had to manage fuel across the final stint, while dealing with mirrors full of Triple Eight Holden's van Gisbergen - who climbed up the order thanks to an opportunistic pitstop and then a host of safety cars.Adding to the drama was a safety car three laps from the end, the race going green for a single-lap dash to the flag.
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.
Jamie Whincup, who had crashed in the morning practice session, spent the majority of the session outside the top 10, jumping from 16th to seventh right at the flag to ensure he'll 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.
US move for McLaughlin back on cards
American motorsport giant Roger Penske has kept the door ajar for Scott McLaughlin to race in the US after the Ford star claimed his first Bathurst 1000.A move to the United States is back on the cards for Scott McLaughlin after the Supercars star impressed American motorsport giant Roger Penske with his stunning maiden Bathurst 1000 victory.
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
|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|
Veteran racing team withdraw from Supercars .
Garry Rogers Motorsport will pull out of the Australian Supercars Championship at the conclusion of the current season. The news was confirmed by veteran owner Rogers who announced the move ahead of Friday's Racing Entitlements Contract deadline for 2020. "We won't be renewing our franchises," said Rogers in a video address published by the team.."It's probably been thought about, people have wondered what we're doing, what we weren't doing … I just want everyone to know where we're going.
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