BATHURST, Australia — official release — V8SC photo — The TEKNO Autosports Commodore of Shane van Gisbergen and Jonathon Webb will start from ARMOR ALL Pole Position tomorrow in the Bathurst 1000.
Van Gisbergen was the penultimate car to leave the gate on a flying lap, just barely missing tagging the wall on the way to a 2:06.3267 second lap around Mount Panorama.
The quick Kiwi is renowned for his car control – and it was enough to top Ford Performance’s Mark Winterbottom, who will be starting alongside on the front row.
“I knew the track was going to be good for us, just tried to put a clean, fast lap together for us and it was good!” Van Gisbergen said when getting out of the car. “I’m stoked for the guys… that was awesome!”
Team boss Steve Hallam was emotional after earning the privilege of the front row start.
“Pretty choked up at the moment,” he said. “It was a mighty drive from Shane, to be honest the car has been difficult early on in the weekend, but the team’s stuck with it and worked through it… this guy was born to drive racing cars.”
Craig Lowndes was the first driver out on track after his Red Bull team raced the clock to get the car out on track following Lowndes’ heavy practice crash with Warren Luff. While he held the top spot for a time, Winterbottom went better before van Gisbergen’s stunning lap.
Fabian Coulthard – yesterday’s fastest man and the all-time quickest around Mount Panorama in a V8 Supercar – could not improve on his time and was relegated to fifth after a less than perfect lap.
Only nine cars participated in the ARMOR ALL Top 10 Shootout, after Garth Tander and Luff withdrew from the meeting following their crash.
There will be a warm up session at Mount Panorama tomorrow morning at 7:50 a.m. with the 1000 km race beginning at 10:30 a.m. local time.