V8SC | Mostert recovers with Reynolds on pole at the Great Race Bathurst 1000

2015 V8 Supercars Championship | Bathurst 1000

Article and Images by Rhys Vandersyde

V8 Supercars Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 | Saturday Practice

If you missed the action on Friday afternoon, qualifying for the Bathurst 1000 at Mt Panorama was postponed to Saturday afternoon when defending Bathurst champion Chaz Mostert (Pepsi Max Crew) was involved in a massive crash at Forrest Elbow in the opening minutes of the session.

As a result, V8 Supercars officials closed the track due to safety concerns and damage to the track.

Chaz Mostert Update

Mostert was airlifted to Orange hospital with a broken left femur and a broken left wrist, spending the night before undergoing surgery on Saturday morning. Four marshals were also cleared of injury with one spending the night in Bathurst hospital with broken ribs.

While the No. 6 Pepsi Max Crew Ford Falcon will take no further part in this weekend’s race, Mostert quipped that his teammate Mark Winterbottom now had to take out pole for him before making the following statement.

“I just want to say thanks to everyone in the V8 Supercars medical team for their care following my accident today. My biggest fear was for the safety of the marshals but to hear none were seriously injured is a big relief. I’m really sorry for the team as it was my error that put us out and also destroyed a car.”

Mostert continued “I just lost my racing line due to a bit of sun glare and glanced the wall. From there I was a passenger and took some pretty big hits. I’ve obviously got a bit of recovery to come but for now I want to wish the team all the best and see Frosty, Dave, Andre and the rest of the team go for the win on Sunday.”

Images by Rhys Vandersyde

Practice 6

The sixth and final practice session of weekend for the V8 Supercars was a shortened 40 minute session to allow time in the schedule for qualifying later in the day.

With overnight rain and cooler conditions the track wasn’t quite as fast as Friday. Fabian Coulthard (Freightliner Racing) ended the session with the fastest time of 2:05.2119. Mark Winterbottom (Pepsi Max Crew) and Scott Pye (DJR Team Penske) were also on the pace.

Qualifying

The drama would continue in the second attempt at qualifying for the weekend with changing weather conditions. The sessions kicked off with a dry race track, however within 10 minutes of the session starting, the overhead threat of storm clouds let loose soaking the track.

Fabian Coulthard (Freightliner Racing) ended the session with a 2:06.1838 to be the fastest while big names Mark Winterbottom (Pepsi Max Crew), Craig Lowndes (Red Bull Racing Australia) and Garth Tander (Holden Racing Team) all failed to make the Shootout.

Top 10 Shootout

The running order for the Shootout started with James Moffat (Nissan Motorsport), Lee Holdsworth (Walkinshaw Racing), David Reynolds (Bottle-O Racing), Scott McLaughlin (Wilson Security Racing), Jason Bright (Team BOC), Scott Pye (DJR Team Penske), Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Racing Australia), Shane Van Gisbergen (Team Darrell Lea) and finally Fabian Coulthard (Freightliner Racing).

The weather would again play a significant part in the Top 10 Shootout with the rain affecting result. David Reynolds in the Bottle-O Racing Ford Falcon got the best of the conditions running third to set the fastest time of the session. Following competitors were unable to match the time, with the rain falling heavily after Reynolds lap.

The Volvo S60 of Scott McLaughlin (Wilson Security Racing) will start alongside Reynolds on the front row.

Championship Coverage

V8 Supercars action continues on Sunday with 161 laps around Mt Panorama with the Peter Brock Trophy on the line.

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