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V8 Supercars Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 | Bathurst 1000 Super Saturday Shootout

Article and Images by – Rhys Vandersyde

MyDrive | V8 Supercars > Another fantastic day on the mountain for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 with plenty of blue sky and warm track temperatures .

Saturday Practice Session

Saturday at The Mountain started with a bang with Craig Lowndes and Warren Luff having a huge crash at Griffin’s Bend. As they entered the Bend, Warren Luff suffered a brake issue which unsettled the car enough for him to lose control and collecting Craig Lowndes in the ‘888’ Red Bull Racing Australia V8 Supercar.

They both collided heavily with the tyre wall although thankfully both drivers walked away unhurt. The cars however were a different story, with the Red Bull Racing team having a massive job of getting the ‘888’ car ready for the ‘Top 10 Shootout’.

The amount of damage suffered by the number ‘2’ Holden Racing Team car was far more extensive and it was deemed by the team that Luff and Tander would not take part in the ‘Top Ten Shoot Out’, much to the surprise of their adoring fans.

Meanwhile overnight repairs were completed on the Bottle-O Racing entry of David Reynolds and Dean Canto with the Red Bull Racing entry of Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell both completing Saturday morning practice successfully.

V8 Supercars Top 10 Shootout

With the sun setting in the background and nine drivers poised to start the ‘Top 10 Shootout’ the scene was set for an epic battle for pole position.

First to take on Mount Panorama track was Craig Lowndes for Red Bull Racing Australia in the swiftly repaired ‘888’ car which set a respectable time of 2:077304. The next two to take the mountain were James Moffat (Norton Hornets) and Jack Perkins (Team JELD-WEN) who both failed to set a better the time than Lowndes.

They were followed by Jason Bright (Team BOC) who bettered Lowndes time with a 2:07.0431. His slot of provisional pole was short lived with Scott McLaughlin (Valvoline Volvo Polestar) smashed the 2003 Greg Murphy Shoot Out record with a scintillating lap time of 2:06.7782.

Mark Winterbottom for Ford Performance Racing was next to hit the track putting together a smooth lap to better the lap record again with a 2:06.6389. Dale Wood followed but struggle to put a clean lap together and tumbled down the order.

The final two drivers to take to the famous Mt Panorama circuit were kiwi Holden drivers Shane Van Gisbergen (Team TEKNO) and Fabian Coulthard (Lockwood Racing). Van Gisbergen muscled his car around the track finding the limit on every possible corner to set an incredible time of 2:06.3267.

Coulthard had set impressive lap times during practice so the pressure was on for him to take pole position. Coulthard pushed his car to the limit only to make a few slight errors to finish the shootout with a time of 2:07.0568, putting him in 5th position for the Bathurst 1000 tomorrow.

Van Gisbergen’s sensational lap gives the New Zealander his first pole position for the Great Race which gives his team and co-driver Jonathan Webb, the best position to win tomorrow’s race. Winterbottom and Steve Owen will start alongside in 2nd position in the FPR Falcon with Volvo’s Scott McLaughlin and Alex Premat starting in 3rd.

With testing, practice and the shootout all now out of the way, tomorrow’s Bathurst 1000 will be full of challenges that will see one team take the chequered flag.

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