Bathurst 1000: Supercars leader McLaughlin tops first qualifying

Scott McLaughlin set the fastest time in first Bathurst 100 qualifying, as six-time Supercars champion Jamie Whincup missed the pole shootout cut in 11th

Bathurst 1000: Supercars leader McLaughlin tops first qualifying

Fresh from setting a new lap record in practice earlier in the day, points leader McLaughlin first jumped to the top of the qualifying times in his DJR Penske Ford with a 2m04.457s under 20 minutes into the session.

While that would have been good enough for provisional pole, McLaughlin gradually lowered his times to reach 2m04.225s on his final run.

David Reynolds survived a late scare on his fastest lap to go second, holding onto his time of 2m04.473s despite James Moffatt hitting the wall at The Dipper in the final seconds and bringing out a red flag that changed the complexion of the top 10.

Moffat himself had effectively secured a shootout spot with a time good enough for ninth when he crashed, but the red flag meant he lost his quickest time and he ended the session classified down in 22nd.

The silver lining for the Garry Rogers Motorsport crew was that Moffat's exclusion from the top 10 promoted his team-mate Garth Tander into 10th and into the Shootout.

The crash also aided the Prodrive Fords, which locked out third to fifth as Chaz Mosert beat Cam Waters and Mark Winterbottom.

DJR Team Penske's Fabian Coulthard had looked set to disrupt the Fords having gone purple in the first sector of his last lap, but had to abort under the red flag and finished sixth.

Last year's Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen was seventh fastest, and the only Triple Eight driver to make the shootout.

James Courtney put a Walkinshaw Commodore in the shootout with the eighth best time, while Jason Bright's ninth made sure all four Prodrive Fords made it into Saturday's one-lap dash.

Van Gisbergen's team-mate Whincup failed to make the shootout at all, qualifying 12th before being promoted to 11th after Moffat lost his lap.

Defending winner Will Davison will start the 1000 in 16th after touching the wall through Sulman Park and spending the final minutes of the session in the garage.

Three-time champion Craig Lowndes also struggled and will start 19th.

No Nissans made the top 10 cut. Rick Kelly was the squad's best performer in 12th.

Friday qualifying result

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Scott McLaughlin DJR Penske Ford 2m04.2254s -
2 David Reynolds Erebus Holden 2m04.4730s 0.2476s
3 Chaz Mostert Rod Nash/PRA Ford 2m04.5304s 0.3050s
4 Cameron Waters Prodrive Ford 2m04.5958s 0.3704s
5 Mark Winterbottom Prodrive Ford 2m04.7857s 0.5603s
6 Fabian Coulthard DJR Penske Ford 2m04.8955s 0.6701s
7 Shane van Gisbergen Triple Eight Holden 2m05.0225s 0.7971s
8 James Courtney Walkinshaw Holden 2m05.0417s 0.8163s
9 Jason Bright Britek/PRA Ford 2m05.0804s 0.8550s
10 Garth Tander GRM Holden 2m05.1094s 0.8840s
11 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Holden 2m05.1686s 0.9432s
12 Rick Kelly Nissan Motorsport Nissan 2m05.1996s 0.9742s
13 Michael Caruso Nissan Motorsport Nissan 2m05.2503s 1.0249s
14 Nick Percat Brad Jones Holden 2m05.2846s 1.0592s
15 Todd Kelly Nissan Motorsport Nissan 2m05.2974s 1.0720s
16 Will Davison Tekno Holden 2m05.3840s 1.1586s
17 Lee Holdsworth Schwerkolt Holden 2m05.4379s 1.2125s
18 Tim Slade Brad Jones Holden 2m05.5562s 1.3308s
19 Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Holden 2m05.5625s 1.3371s
20 Scott Pye Walkinshaw Holden 2m05.6182s 1.3928s
21 Dale Wood Erebus Holden 2m05.6414s 1.4160s
22 James Moffat GRM Holden 2m05.6430s 1.4176s
23 Simona de Silvestro Nissan Motorsport Nissan 2m05.9423s 1.7169s
24 Tim Blanchard Brad Jones Holden 2m05.9703s 1.7449s
25 Aaren Russell Dumbrell Holden 2m06.4233s 2.1979s
26 Alex Rullo Dumbrell Holden 2m07.4801s 3.2547s

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