Chaz Mostert secures pole for Bathurst 12 Hour
Chaz Mostert has won his second Allan Simonsen Pole Position Award following a thrilling shootout at Mount Panorama ahead of tomorrow’s LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour.
Mostert in the Coinspot Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II fought off the advances of factory pilots Kelvin van der Linde, Jules Gounon and Ricardo Feller.
In the end, Mostert snatched pole by just 0.085s with a 2m 02.493s to defeat van der Linde as Gounon in the SunEnergy1 Racing/Triple Eight Race Engineering Mercedes-AMG GT3 was also less than a second behind in third.
It was a last gasp effort from Mostert as he trailed by 0.9s entering the final sector, but turned it around to just defeat van der Linde.
Feller was also just 0.845s behind in fourth driving the second Audi Sport Customer Racing Australia R8 LMS GT3 Evo II as Shane van Gisbergen rounded out the top five in the Mann Filter’s supported Triple Eight Race Engineering Mercedes-AMG GT3.
Split in two separate 15-minute sessions, the Shootout started with positions 10-6 in qualifying where reigning Bathurst 1000 winner Lee Holdsworth led the way in Hallmarc Audi from the Grove Racing Porsche 911 GT3-R of Ben Barker and the lead Am Valmont Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 entry of Duvashen Padayachee.
Rounding out the top 10 was Wall Racing’s Tony D’Alberto in the sole Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo in the field and RAM Motorsport with Brett Hobson at the wheel of its Mercedes-AMG GT3.
Tomorrow’s LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour begins at 5:15am AEST.