2020 Bathurst 1000: Live updates - Top Ten Shootout
Welcome to Newshub's coverage of the Bathurst 1000 Top Ten Shootout which will determine who starts from pole position for Sunday's Great Race.
Three Kiwi drivers are in contention for top spot with Red Bull Racing's Shane Van Gisbergen joined by Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin from DJR-Team Penske.
Tickford's Lee Holdsworth was quickest during Friday's qualifying session so will go last, but with heavy rain forecast in the afternoon, it could ve a lottery.
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Cameron Waters has claimed pole position for the 2020 Bathurst 1000 after blitzing his rivals by a huge margin with the fastest-ever lap in Bathurst Shootout history.
His Tickford Racing No. 6 Ford Mustang GT lapped Mount Panorama in a stellar 2:03.559, almost half a second ahead of reigning Bathurst champion Scott McLaughlin in second.
Waters’ co-driver Will Davison described it as a “bloody mega” lap, while an elated Waters couldn’t hide his satisfaction, saying “that was awesome.”
And while all the talk in the lead-up to the action had centred on the possibility of wild weather wreaking havoc in the shootout, there was only the lightest smattering of droplets as Waters stormed to the top of the timing charts.
Waters told Fox Sports: “I absolutely gave it everything. I knew there was something special in the car, I just had to put it all together.”
And he promised the $1000 cheque for the Shootout win: “will go towards beers on Sunday night, no matter how we go.”
The pole was the fifth of the 26-year-old’s career, while he has just one solo victory to his name, coming at Tailem Bend earlier this season.
Behind McLaughlin in second, Chaz Mostert leads the Holden charge from third with Nick Percat completing the second row on the grid.
Percat had finished Friday’s qualifying in 10th, but opened the Shootout with a “sensational” lap according to Fox Sports commentators. His 2:04.247 was a full three-tenths quicker than his best effort from Friday’s qualifying.
“That was the quickest I’ve done around here,” said Percat. “That was pretty cool. I didn’t know how hard to go so I just went as hard as I could.”
Lee Holdsworth has produced a stunning upset in qualifying at the Bathurst 1000, beating top guns Scott McLaughlin and Shane van Gisbergen to provisional pole before rain came to his rescue.
Holdsworth topped the time sheets on Friday by just 0.0108 seconds over Red Bull Holden’s van Gisbergen when cars headed to the pits to prepare for a last-lap dash.
That’s when the rain started falling on top of Mount Panorama to protect Holdsworth’s time of 2:04.0243 and leave the favourites trailing.