Bathurst 1000: Gold Coast’s Jamie Whincup scores pole position

UPDATE 6:15PM | GOLD Coaster Jamie Whincup will start from pole position for tomorrow’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama.

The six-time Supercars Champion snatched pole in a thrilling climax to this afternoon’s ARMOR ALL Top 10 Shootout.

The Holden driver pipped Volvo’s Scott McLaughlin by six one-hundredths of a second with Ford’s Chaz Mostert three one-hundredths of second behind in third place.


It was a remarkable return for Mostert who last year suffered a horrific crash at Mount Panorama to send him out of the championship for the rest of the season.

Earlier in the day, 17-year-old driver Jack Smith escaped unscathed after a nasty crash in the Supercars Dunlop Series race.

Smith was taking part in his first race at Mount Panorama after being called up to replace Renee Gracie who will drive with Simona De Silvestro as part of the Harvey Norman Supergirls in tomorrow’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 will start tomorrow at 11.10am AEDT after a special parade of the late Peter Brock’s Bathurst cars.

It’s 10 years since the nine-time Bathurst champion died and his brother Phil will present the Peter Brock Trophy to the winners of tomorrow’s race.

The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is broadcast live on Fox Sports, Network Ten and WIN TV in some regional areas.

EARLIER: BIG crowds have flocked to Mount Panorama ahead of this afternoon’s ARMOR ALL Top 10 Shootout to decide the grid for tomorrow’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

In today’s final practice session, Chaz Mostert topped the timesheets with a quick lap time of 2:05.33, ahead of his Ford teammate Mark Winterbottom.

Six-time Champion Jamie Whincup, who sits on provisional pole ahead of the shootout, finished final practice in 12th place.

The top 10 qualifiers hit the track in reverse order this afternoon with Michael Caruso first, followed by Garth Tander, Scott Pye, Winterbottom, Shane van Gisbergen, Fabian Coulthard, Mostert, Tim Slade, Scott McLaughlin and Whincup.