RAIN HAMPERS QUALIFYING CHARGE AT BATHURST Changeable weather conditions were the talk of the day at Mount Panorama for qualifying during the Super Cheap Auto 1000 at Bathurst today. Unfortunately for the field of 34 V8 Supercar drivers a ...
RAIN HAMPERS QUALIFYING CHARGE AT BATHURST
Changeable weather conditions were the talk of the day at Mount Panorama for qualifying during the Super Cheap Auto 1000 at Bathurst today.
Unfortunately for the field of 34 V8 Supercar drivers a heavy shower fell with 30-minutes remaining in the 75-minute qualifying session bringing the majority of them into the pit area for the remainder.
Just prior Jason Bargwanna locked a brake entering the right hand corner at the end of Mountain straight and collided with the tyre barrier magnifying the effect of the rain for Larkham -- Orrcon Racing.
"After setting the seventh fastest time yesterday it is very disappointing end to the session this way as I think we had enough speed to be inside the top ten but instead we are now starting from 17th in the race," said Bargwanna.
"Entering the turn I locked a brake, got out in the loose surface and tagged the wall. Luckily the car wasn't too badly damaged but the rain came shortly after and I had no opportunity to improve my time."
During his eight previous Bathurst starts Bargwanna has only once started outside the top ten. His co-driver this weekend will be regular team-mate Mark Winterbottom.
Dual British Touring Car Champion Alain Menu completed the majority of driving in the number 10 Orrcon Racing Falcon to qualify 22nd. He will share the driving duties with Matt Halliday who is fresh off a podium finish for Team New Zealand in the A1 Grand Prix at Brands Hatch two weeks ago.
When comparing today's qualifying times to that of 2004 Bargwanna improved his time by almost half a second and Menu's time of 2:09.6180 is a full second faster than the qualifying time set in the second Orrcon Racing Falcon last year.
Craig Lowndes set the fastest time to claim provisional pole ahead of Mark Skaife and Marcos Ambrose.
A final practice session will be contested tomorrow morning with the 161-lap race starting at 10am on Sunday.