Garth Tander leads opening qualifying for the Bathurst 1000

Holden Racing Team driver Garth Tander was quickest in the opening qualifying session for the Bathurst 1000

Garth Tander leads opening qualifying for the Bathurst 1000

Tander, who shares his Holden with Nick Percat, put in a 2m07.6640s lap in the closing moments to seal the top spot.

Subsequent challenges from Mark Winterbottom (Ford Performance Racing) and championship leader Jamie Whincup (Triple Eight Holden) fell just short.

David Reynolds thrust his Kelly Racing Holden to fourth late on, with another late improvement getting Paul Morris Holden driver Steve Owen into the final spot in tomorrow's top 10 qualifying shoot-out.

Will Davison (FPR) and Paul Dumbrell (Rod Nash/FPR) were the men knocked outside the cut to 11th and 12th by Reynolds and Owen's progress.

Kelly's Greg Murphy, Whincup's team-mate and title rival Craig Lowndes, HRT's James Courtney, Garry Rogers driver Lee Holdsworth and Stone Brothers Ford racer Shane van Gisbergen also sealed their top 10 places today.

The session's major incident was a heavy crash for Jason Bargwanna at The Dipper. That left the Brad Jones Holden man in 21st.

Another practice session takes place on Saturday morning, before the top 10 order is set in the traditional one-lap pole shoot-out tomorrow afternoon.

Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Garth Tander HRT Holden 2m07.6640s 2. Mark Winterbottom FPR Ford 2m07.7187s + 0.0547s 3. Jamie Whincup Triple 8 Holden 2m07.7408s + 0.0768s 4. David Reynolds Kelly Holden 2m07.8371s + 0.1731s 5. Greg Murphy Kelly Holden 2m07.9126s + 0.2486s 6. Craig Lowndes Triple 8 Holden 2m08.0024s + 0.3384s 7. James Courtney HRT Holden 2m08.0035s + 0.3395s 8. Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Holden 2m08.0942s + 0.4302s 9. Shane van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Ford 2m08.0955s + 0.4315s 10. Steve Owen Paul Morris Holden 2m08.1411s + 0.4771s 11. Will Davison FPR Ford 2m08.1982s + 0.5342s 12. Paul Dumbrell Rod Nash/FPR Ford 2m08.2443s + 0.5803s 13. Alex Davison Stone Brothers Ford 2m08.2887s + 0.6247s 14. Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Holden 2m08.4464s + 0.7824s 15. Tim Slade Rosenberg/SBR Ford 2m08.4721s + 0.8081s 16. Rick Kelly Kelly Holden 2m08.5250s + 0.8610s 17. James Moffat Dick Johnson Ford 2m08.6631s + 0.9991s 18. Jason Bright Brad Jones Holden 2m08.6681s + 1.0041s 19. Todd Kelly Kelly Holden 2m08.7271s + 1.0631s 20. Fabian Coulthard Walkinshaw Holden 2m08.7746s + 1.1106s 21. Jason Bargwanna Brad Jones Holden 2m09.1155s + 1.4515s 22. Warren Luff Dumbrell Holden 2m09.1503s + 1.4863s 23. Tony D'Alberto D'Alberto Ford 2m09.1948s + 1.5308s 24. Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Ford 2m09.3076s + 1.6436s 25. Russell Ingall Paul Morris Holden 2m09.3328s + 1.6688s 26. Jonathon Webb Tekno Ford 2m09.4017s + 1.7377s 27. Karl Reindler Britek Holden 2m09.4020s + 1.7380s 28. Dean Fiore Triple F Ford 2m10.0191s + 2.3551s 29. Grant Denyer Kelly Holden 2m11.7371s + 4.0731s 
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