Mika Salo brushed the wall on the climb up the mountain, with Peter Edwards taking the hot seat.
Qualifying at the daunting Mount Panorama circuit had commenced with the Il Bello Rosso Ferrari 458 entering the circuit mid field, and with Simonsen at the wheel.
The increased competition of this years’ field was in evidence with the top ten cars covered by just 1.7 seconds across Friday's three sessions.
Repeating their maiden win from 2012, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 team was strong again with Khalid Al Qubaisi, Sean Edwards, Jeroen Bleekemolen, and Bernd Schneider.
Ferrari sports car ace will take on the challenge of the 12 hours of Bathurst. The former F1 driver is well known in Australia, and has contested the V8 Supercars Gold Coast 600 event.