Bathurst 1000: Scott McLaughlin seals pole with record lap

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

Bathurst 1000: Scott McLaughlin seals pole with record lap

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.

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.

"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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