Whincup claims first Bathurst pole

Whincup claims first Bathurst pole

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Whincup claims first Bathurst pole

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Jamie Whincup claimed his first Bathurst 1000 pole position in the top-10 qualifying shootout.

The current V8 Supercars championship leader produced a sensational lap at the end of the session and his time of 2m07.8825s denied Mark Winterbottom by just two-tenths of a second.

Whincup’s pole also marks the 50th of the Triple Eight Holden driver’s V8 career.

Jason Bright heads the second row of the grid, alongside Shane van Gisbergen, who he pipped in the final sector of the lap.

Behind the pair are James Courtney and Craig Lowndes, with the Holden Racing Team driver having had a rather scrappy first third of the lap, locking his rears at The Cutting and managing to avoid the barriers.

Will Davison starts from seventh having run wide at Hell Corner, which cost him a few tenths.

Scott McLaughlin lines up in eighth, ahead of David Reynolds who locked up on entry into Quarry, while Alexandre Premat rounds off the top 10.

The remainder of the starting order was set in Friday’s qualifying session.

Pos  Driver               Team/Car               Time        Gap        1.  Jamie Whincup        Triple Eight Holden    2m07.8825s                 2.  Mark Winterbottom    FPR Ford               2m08.0764s  +0.1939s       3.  Jason Bright         Brad Jones Holden      2m08.2763s  +0.3938s       4.  Shane van Gisbergen  Tekno Holden           2m08.2804s  +0.3979s       5.  James Courtney       HRT Holden             2m08.8310s  +0.9485s       6.  Craig Lowndes        Triple 8 Holden        2m08.9636s  +1.0811s       7.  Will Davison         FPR Ford               2m09.0023s  +1.1198s       8.  Scott McLaughlin     Garry Rogers Holden    2m09.1926s  +1.3101s       9.  David Reynolds       Rod Nash/FPR Ford      2m09.2433s  +1.3608s       10. Alexandre Premat     Garry Rogers Holden    2m10.4145s  +2.5320s

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