Bright grabs provisional pole at Bathurst

Jason Bright/Matt Halliday in the Trading Post Racing Holden Commodore pulled out all stops in qualifying to grab provisional pole for the Supercheap Auto Top Ten shoot out. Bright who has not featured in the shootout since 2006 delivered a 2:07.002, ahead of the Team Vodafone Holdens of Craig Lowdnes/Mark Skaife and Jamie Whincup/Steve Owen.

#14 Trading Post Racing: Jason Bright, Matt Halliday.
Photo by Chris Von Wieldt.

Mark Winterbottom piloting the Orrcon Steel Ford was the only Ford driver in the top five. Fellow Ford drivers James Courtney/Warren Luff finished ahead of the two Toll Holden Racing Team Commodores, which are sporting a 20th anniversary black and white livery. Kiwi Greg Murphy/Allan Simonsen in the Castrol Racing Commodore grabbed 9th in front of Paul Dumbrell/Dean Canto in the Bottle O Racing Ford.

In Friday practice Craig Lowndes clocked the fast time around the Mount Panorama circuit with a blistering 2:06.801, with rumours that the car was in race trim.

Defending champion Garth Tander has two million reasons to go back to back in this years' race, as he is the only driver that can win the Mother Grand Slam, Australia's richest motorsport prize. After taking the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide earlier this year, he has to follow up with wins in tomorrow's 1000, then back that up with the Indy race on the Gold Coast in two weeks time and take the last race of the championship at the Sydney Telstra 500. Tander said, "The Mother Grand Slam initiative is fantastic and it's something that is unbelievably hard to win, no different to tennis or golf grand slams"

V8 Supercars celebrated their 20 millionth fan today, with the lucky Sydney fan winning a Sony 3D television, PlayStation game console and tickets to the Sydney Telstra 500.

Talking of 3D, Dick Smith and V8 Supercars unveiled new technology, giving race fans and enthusiasts the chance to view V8 Supercar race footage in high definition 3D.

Das the official technology retailer of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, they have worked closely with V8 Supercars and Samsung to make this exciting possibility a reality. Fans at this weekend's event can share the first experience at the Dick Smith on-track store in merchandise alley.

"We have been working hard for some time now to capture 3DTV footage and it is great that fans at this weekend's Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 will be given the opportunity to view real 3D race footage in a first for Australian motorsport," V8 Supercars Australia CEO Martin Whitaker said.

"To be able to work with Dick Smith on this exciting project clearly demonstrates that both our corporate partners and V8 Supercars are willing to explore new opportunities whereby we can increase the fan experience and engagement."

The opportunity to showcase footage to the public came about through a coordinated approach from Dick Smith, official technology retailer of the V8 Supercar Championship Series and their partner Samsung.

With 3D making it's debut in Australia this year with the State of Origin rugby league, the Soccer World Cup and some of this years Commonwealth Games, it's sure to be a hit down the track with V8 Supercar fans experiencing another dimension of motorsport.

Editor's note:
Top 10 shoot out completed with Mark Winterbottom (co driver Luke Youlden) Ford Performance Racing on pole, followed by Craig Lowndes (co-driver Mark Skaife) Team Vodafone in second and Jamie Whincup (co-driver Steve Owen) Team Vodafone rounding out the top three.