Mark Skaife took his fourth Bathurst pole by winning the Top 15 Shootout from Ford driver John Bowe. Skaife took pole with a time of 2m08.8278s.
Running last start in the shootout, Bowe almost grabbed pole, beating Skaife's first sector mark but dropped time over the top of the Mountain.
"I was a bit wussy at Forrest Elbow, I thought it would be slippery but it wasn't," Bowe said. "The car was terrific."
The last car to win the V8 Supercar race at Bathurst from pole was Larry Perkins back in 1993 but it doesn't worry Skaife.
"It hasn't even entered my brain, I would have thought starting the race from pole position would be an advantage, if we haven't done it before it is for some other reason than that."
Jason Bright, the 1999 winner, and his co-driver from that year Steven Richards make up the second row, while Todd Kelly starts fifth despite almost hitting the wall after running wide on oil left by Glenn Seaton.
Mark Skaife Holden John Bowe Ford Jason Bright Ford Steven Richards Holden Todd Kelly Holden Rick Kelly Holden Greg Ritter Ford Marcos Ambrose Ford Craig Lowndes Ford Garth Tander Holden Paul Morris Holden Steven Ellery Ford Larry Perkins Holden Max Wilson Ford Glenn Seton Ford
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