Bathurst Glenn Seton takes provisional pole for V8 Supercar

Ford Tickford Racing's Glenn Seton took the first step towards winning Sunday's V8 Supercar 1000 at Bathurst's Mt Panorama when he took provisional pole today. Seton is having his 18th start in Australia's toughest motorsport event, has only ...

Ford Tickford Racing's Glenn Seton took the first step towards winning Sunday's V8 Supercar 1000 at Bathurst's Mt Panorama when he took provisional pole today. Seton is having his 18th start in Australia's toughest motorsport event, has only finished seven times. His best finish ever was in 1987 when he finished second in a Nissan with John Bowe and his most frustrating result was in 1997 when his engine expired with nine laps remaining.

Seton clocked a time of 2:09.6770 around the 6.213km circuit and was followed by fellow Ford driver Craig Lowndes (2:09.8533) and the Holden Racing Team's Mark Skaife (2:099671).

While the efforts of the top three cars were impressive yesterday, they will all count for nothing after this morning's Top 15 Shootout, which will determine the starting grid at the sharp end of the field. Each of the top 15 qualifiers will do one flying lap and the quickest will claim pole.

Ironically, the winners of the previous three V8 Supercar 1000 have started from a starting position of 10th or worse. In the 40-year history of the event only eight drivers have won the race from pole position.

<pre> TOP 15 SHOOTOUT - GRID

1: Glenn Seton/Steve Richards (Ford) 2:09.6770 2: Craig Lowndes/Neil Crompton (Ford) 2:09.8533 3: Mark Skaife/Tony Longhurst (Holden) 2:09.9671 4: Jason Bright/Tomas Mezera (Holden) 2:10.2285 5: John Bowe/Simon Wills (Ford) 2:10.2441 6: Larry Perkins/Russell Ingall (Holden) 2:10.4869 7: Steve Ellery/Geoff Brabham (Ford) 2:10.6664 8: Todd Kelly/Greg Murphy (Holden) 2:10.6836 9: Garth Tander/Jason Bargwanna (Holden) 2:10.7412 10: Greg Ritter/Cameron McLean (Ford) 2:10.8956 11: Marcos Ambrose/Matthew White (Ford) 2:10.9040 12: Steve Johnson/Paul Radisich (Ford) 2:10.9073 13: Jim Richards/Dean Canto (Ford) 2:11.3017 14: Paul Weel/Tim Leahy (Ford) - 2:11.3390 15: Paul Morris/Ashley Stichbury (Holden) 2:11.4556

FACTS & FIGURES

Title: V8 1000 for V8 Supercars What: A 1000km endurance race for V8 Supercars. Round 11 of the 2001 Shell Championship Series Where: Mt Panorama, Bathurst, NSW When: October 4-7, 2001 Event Promoter: IMG Website: www.v8supercar1000.com Tickets: Available through Ticketmaster7 on 136 122, Ticketmaster7.com or at the gate.

TELEVISION TIMES

Network Ten will be providing a massive 15 hours of nation-wide live coverage from Mt Panorama. It will also be televised live to New Zealand and Europe with a delayed telecast to North America and Asia. A total potential viewing for 400 million homes. Saturday's Network Ten telecast will be from Noon-5pm Sunday's telecast will be from 7am-5pm

-Brett Murray

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Marcos Ambrose , Jason Bright , Neil Crompton , Greg Murphy , Russell Ingall , Jim Richards , Dean Canto , Mark Skaife , Paul Weel , Craig Lowndes , Jason Bargwanna , Paul Morris , Paul Radisich , John Bowe , Glenn Seton , Todd Kelly , Simon Wills , Tony Longhurst , Matthew White , Cameron McLean , Larry Perkins , Greg Ritter , Steve Johnson , Geoff Brabham , Steve Richards
Teams Nissan Motorsports