Queensland pair Scott Jacob and Grant Kenny gambled on tyres and the weather to claim pole position for the Super Cheap Auto Parts 3-Hour Showroom Showdown in qualifying today at Mount Panorama, Bathurst.
With the 55-car field facing rain and wet and dry surfaces at the same time on different parts of the 6.3 km track, Jacob and Kenny opted for wet weather tyres on their Subaru Impreza WRX STi sedan.
"I got on the radio to Grant in the pits and we discussed the conditions and decided to try the wets," said Jacob, who was in the driver's seat for the 2 min. 50.15 sec. lap.
"But we could also see the weather coming in worse and so I went out and went hard straight away. I'm rapt - this is our team's first pole position and I'm confident we're in with a good chance tomorrow."
Wet conditions tomorrow would suit cars such as the all-wheel drive Subaru in the Showroom Showdown, Australia's most prestigious annual race for standard passenger cars.
However, the two 400 horsepower Holden Commodore HSV GTS sedans in the field put in an impressive performance today - Tony Scott and Ross Dillon were second in their Commodore - and remain favourites if the race is dry. <pre> QUALIFYING RESULTS (starting order): Outright Lap time (min., sec.) 1. Scott Jacob/Grant Kenny (Subaru Impreza WRX STi) 2:50.15 2. Ross Dillon/Tony Scott (Holden Commodore HSV GTS) 2:51.17 3. Dwayne Bewley/Trevor Sheumack (Subaru Impreza WRX STi) 2:51.76 4. Bob Pearson/Alan McCarthy (Mazda RX-7) 2:52.19 5. Gary Deane/Jim McKnoulty (Subaru Impreza WRX STi) 2:52.53 6. Clyde Lawrence/Peter Gazzard (Subaru Impreza WRX STi) 2:52.76 Class Poolrite High Performance: Scott Jacob/Grant Kenny (Subaru Impreza WRX STi) 2:50.15 Poolrite Sports Touring: Peter McKay/NealBates (Toyota Celica) 2:59.85 Poolrite V8 Touring: James Philip/Kent Youlden (Ford Falcon XR8) 3:01.26 Poolrite Six-cyl. Touring: Daryl Coon/John Bowe (Ford Falcon XR6) 3:03.75 Bartercard Four-cyl. Touring: Nigel Williams/David Russell (Proton Satria GTi) 3:08.63
TIMETABLE: Saturday 7.45 am - Warm-up (20 min.), 12.48 pm - Super Cheap Auto 3-Hour Showroom Showdown (180 min.).