Following on from his superb efforts in earlier practice, Red Bull Racing’s Jamie Whincup secured provisional pole position for Sunday’s big race at Mount Panorama after setting a time of 2:05.048, just over a tenth faster than the Volvo piloted by Scott McLaughlin.
“Great fun, really good fun, a new tyre on a good car around this place lets you know you’re alive,” Whincup said after the session. “I thought we’d go quicker than that but the number doesn’t mean anything in the long run, it’s the position. Very happy to be on provisional pole, we just have to do it again in the shootout. The car’s very good, absolutely no complaints about car speed today.”
Timo Slade finished the session third ahead of the Supercheap Auto contender of young Chaz Mostert with Fabian Coulthard fifth.
Craig Lowndes had a disastrous afternoon and finished up all the way down in 21st place, his worst ever grid position here at Bathurst….
“I probably didn’t do a clean job, the car wasn’t perfect either. Between all of us we didn’t get the best out of it,” Lowndes said. “We’d struggle to get into the 10, to be honest. We’ve made sure the car is a nice race car and that’s all we can hope for now.
Craig also hit the wall on his final run … “it’s just unfortunate, but that’s motor racing we’ve still got 161 laps on Sunday.”