SPORT NEWS – Waters dominates Bathurst pole Shootout

Waters dominates Bathurst pole Shootout

After a qualifying session that noticed vehicles coated by hundredths of a second, few would have anticipated something aside from the same margin to find out who would begin from pole place after Bathurst’s one-lap Prime 10 Shootout.

How fallacious all of us had 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 one 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 high all of it, throughout 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 had been going to go a good bit faster; I gave it all the pieces.

“I’m stunned 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 12 months as a full-time Supercars driver. However his sponsor withdrew from the collection in Might throughout the championship’s COVID lockdown, leaving him with no seat till Tickford Racing recruited him to again up Waters.

Will Davison (left) and Cam Waters

From second on the grid, McLaughlin has an important probability to defend the race win he scored a 12 months in the past, earlier than he heads to St. Petersburg for his IndyCar debut and probably, a profession within the U.S.

“We made an enormous change within the automobile, and it was in the precise route,” he mentioned. “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 gained the 2014 race from final on the grid. His co-driver Warren Luff is without doubt one of the greatest wet-weather drivers in Supercars, and with Sunday’s race anticipated to be run on a moist observe, the 44-year-old could possibly 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 workforce) 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. Consequently Percat and co-driver Thomas Randle — who confirmed he’s in nice type when he gained Saturday’s Tremendous 2 collection race for older mannequin Supercars — will begin from tenth on the grid.

It was not an important Shootout for the Pink Bull Holden Racing Staff. 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 probably, 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.

Prime 10 Shootout outcomes:

Pos Driver Staff/Sponsor Automotive 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), Pink 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), Pink 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

SPORT NEWS – Waters dominates Bathurst pole Shootout


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