Sport Bathurst 1000: Scott McLaughlin leads wet first qualifying

10:05  11 october  2019
10:05  11 october  2019 Source:   autosport.com

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a car driving down a road: McLaughlin leads wet first Bathurst qualifying© LAT Images 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.

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.

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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."

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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.

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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

1Scott McLaughlinShell V-Power Racing TeamFord2m27.6476s-
2Chaz MostertSupercheap Auto RacingFord2m28.0484s0.4008s
3Shane van GisbergenRed Bull Holden Racing TeamHolden2m29.1880s1.5404s
4Will DavisonMilwaukee RacingFord2m29.2431s1.5955s
5Tim SladeFreightliner RacingHolden2m29.3889s1.7413s
6Nick PercatBrad Jones RacingHolden2m29.4619s1.8143s
7Jamie WhincupRed Bull Holden Racing TeamHolden2m29.6973s2.0497s
8Cameron WatersMonster Energy RacingFord2m29.7038s2.0562s
9Mark WinterbottomIRWIN RacingHolden2m29.8025s2.1549s
10Anton De PasqualePenrite RacingHolden2m29.8288s2.1812s
11Rick KellyCastrol RacingNissan2m29.8573s2.2097s
12Richie StanawayBoost Mobile RacingHolden2m29.9048s2.2572s
13Andre HeimgartnerPlus Fitness RacingNissan2m30.1249s2.4773s
14Scott PyeMobil 1 MEGA RacingHolden2m30.1690s2.5214s
15Todd HazelwoodMatt Stone RacingHolden2m30.2670s2.6194s
16Fabian CoulthardShell V-Power Racing TeamFord2m30.2983s2.6507s
17Simona de SilvestroTeam Harvey NormanNissan2m30.5723s2.9247s
18James CourtneyMobil 1 RacingHolden2m30.6557s3.0081s
19James GoldingBoost Mobile RacingHolden2m30.7457s3.0981s
20Lee HoldsworthThe Bottle-O Racing TeamFord2m30.7643s3.1167s
21Garry JacobsonKelly RacingNissan2m30.9051s3.2575s
22David ReynoldsPenrite RacingHolden2m31.1510s3.5034s
23Macauley JonesTeam CooldriveHolden2m31.2474s3.5998s
24Brodie KosteckiKostecki Brothers RacingHolden2m31.5758s3.9282s
25Alexander RossiWalkinshaw Andretti UnitedHolden2m31.6046s3.9570s
26Jack Le BrocqTruck Assist Tekno RacingHolden2m33.8786s6.2310s

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