Supercars Bathurst 1000: McLaughlin scores provisional pole, Whincup outside top 10


Scott McLaughlin has earned his spot in tomorrow’s Top Ten Shootout after setting the fastest time in a red flag effected Qualifying for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

The Kiwi set a 2:04.225 on his final lap of the session, beating David Reynolds to provisional pole, who got his lap time in seconds before a red flag was thrown.

James Moffat went into the concrete wall on the outside of the Esses at high speed, heavily damaging the left hand side of his Gary Rogers Motorsport Commodore and causing a stoppage.

With just 15-seconds left on the clock, race control decided the session would not restart, creating havoc for drivers like Jamie Whincup who were unable to complete their flying laps before the red flag.

Whincup, who struggled all session long, taking a trip through the gravel trap at The Chase in the opening minutes, qualified outside the top ten in eleventh and will not participate in the shootout on Saturday afternoon.

Prodrive Racing were third and fourth fastest, Chaz Mostert and Cameron Waters respectively.

Supercheap Auto racer Mostert lead the way early on, setting a 2:05.224, before getting beaten by Shane van Gisbergen who went 0.2s faster.

The former was first to dip into the 2min 4s just before the second half of the session with a 2:04.741 in his Ford Falcon, until McLaughlin also went 0.2s faster to take first place.

The other Prodrive Falcon of Mark Winterbottom claimed fifth fastest followed by Fabian Coulthard and van Gisbergen in seventh

James Courtney, Jason Bright and Garth Tander rounded out the top ten.

Craig Lowndes ran off the road at the chase, struggling to pull his Vortex Commodore up before the corner and taking to gravel in the final ten minutes. The Holden driver finished the session in 19th place, behind Tim Slade.