Waters dominates Bathurst pole Shootout
After a qualifying session that noticed vehicles lined by hundredths of a second, few would have anticipated something apart from an analogous margin to find out who would begin from pole place after Bathurst’s one-lap High 10 Shootout.
How incorrect all of us have been.
Cam Waters was in a category of his personal within the single-car session and his margin over the second-placed driver within the Saturday afternoon session was a startling 0.44s. As if to underline how dominant Waters was, that second-placed driver was Scott McLaughlin, the three-time Supercars champion, the defending Bathurst 1000 winner and the game’s undisputed king of the only lap.
In a phrase Waters, 26, smoked them. His time of 2m03.5592s was the fastest-ever lap of the three.8-mile Mount Panorama circuit, and comfortably sealed his first pole on the race, and the fifth of his Supercars profession.
And to prime all of it, in the course of the lap he made a mistake at The Dipper that might have despatched his Tickford Racing/Monster Power Ford Mustang right into a concrete wall.
“That was completely superior,” he gasped after the run, “I made a mistake at The Dipper however who cares? I knew we have been going to go a good bit faster; I gave it every thing.
“I’m shocked I ended the factor — it was pink on my sprint.”
Waters has an important probability to win the race, which might be some bonus for his co-driver Will Davison, who began the yr as a full-time Supercars driver. However his sponsor withdrew from the sequence in Could in the course of the championship’s COVID lockdown, leaving him with out a seat till Tickford Racing recruited him to again up Waters.
From second on the grid, McLaughlin has an important probability to defend the race win he scored a yr in the past, earlier than he heads to St. Petersburg for his IndyCar debut and probably, a profession within the U.S.
“We made a giant change within the automobile, and it was in the correct route,” he stated. “That’s me and we’ll get after them tomorrow.”
Beginning third can be Chaz Mostert within the Walkinshaw Andretti United/Home equipment On-line Holden. The 2014 winner was in nice type; he went 0.5s faster within the single lap than he managed in qualifying, regardless of a wild oversteering second on the 120mph McPhillamy Bend.
“I don’t even bear in mind it,” he shrugged later.
Sunday’s race presents an attention-grabbing alternative for Mostert, who received the 2014 race from final on the grid. His co-driver Warren Luff is likely one of the greatest wet-weather drivers in Supercars, and with Sunday’s race anticipated to be run on a moist monitor, the 44-year-old might be an ace up Mostert’s sleeve.
Fourth quickest was Nick Percat, who was first out within the Shootout and who did his fastest-ever lap (and that of his Brad Jones Racing staff) within the R&J Batteries Holden. However after the session ended officers discovered that the No. 8 entry was underweight and disqualified it from the session. Because of this Percat and co-driver Thomas Randle — who confirmed he’s in superb type when he received Saturday’s Tremendous 2 sequence race for older mannequin Supercars — will begin from tenth on the grid.
It was not an important Shootout for the Purple Bull Holden Racing Crew. After being second quickest on Friday Shane van Gisbergen made an error on the backside of the circuit, lacking the apex at The Chase to set the fifth-fastest time, whereas teammate Jamie Whincup will begin tenth after working off the highway on the identical nook.
Lee Holdsworth, who was quickest of the 25 drivers on Friday, dropped to sixth within the Shootout within the Tickford Racing/Truck Help Ford Mustang, forward of Anton De Pasquale within the Penrite Oils/Erebus Motorsport Holden.
McLaughlin’s teammate Fabian Coulthard will begin from eighth forward of James Courtney, the spotlight of whose day would have been a brand new contract for 2022 with Tickford Racing and sponsor Enhance Cellular.
With wild climate seemingly, the beginning time of the race has been introduced ahead to 11 a.m. Jap Australia Summer time Time, with the 1000km race scheduled to run over 161 laps.
High 10 Shootout outcomes:
Pos Driver Crew/Sponsor Automobile Break up 1 Break up 2 Lap Time
1. Cameron Waters (Aus), Tickford/Monster Power Ford, 50.6866s 1m23.1276s 2m03.5592s
2. Scott McLaughlin (NZ), DJR Penske/Shell V-Energy Ford, 50.7731s 1m23.2894s 2m04.0021s
3. Chaz Mostert (Aus), WAU/Home equipment On-line Holden, 50.8037s 1m23.5362s 2m04.0100s
4. Shane van Gisbergen (NZ), Purple Bull HRT Holden, 50.7288s 1m23.3093s 2m04.4511s
5. Lee Holdsworth (Aus), Tickford Truck Help Ford, 51.0409s 1m23.9579 2m04.6765s
6. Anton De Pasquale (Aus), Erebus/Penrite Oils Holden, 50.9687s 1m23.9721s 2m04.7688s
7. Fabian Coulthard (NZ), DJR Penske/Shell V-Energy Ford, 51.1332s 1m24.1239s 2m04.8534s
8. James Courtney (Aus), Tickford/Enhance Cellular Ford, 51.2470s 1m24.5854s 2m05.3549s
9. Jamie Whincup (Aus), Purple Bull HRT Holden, 50.8322s 1m23.6232s 2m06.3941s
DQ Nick Percat (Aus) ,Brad Jones Racing/R&J Batteries Holden, 50.9075s 1m23.6295s 2m04.2474s