David Reynolds and Dean Canto will start tomorrow’s Bathurst 1000 from pole position, after topping a wet Top 10 Shootout at Mount Panorama this evening.
A torrential downpour roughly half an hour before the Shootout played havoc with the times, with the track steadily improving for the first part of the session, then gradually worsening after that.
Reynolds, who ran third, copped the absolute best of the conditions. The Prodrive Racing driver was 1.9s faster than Lee Holdsworth who ran before him, and 1.1s quicker than Scott McLaughlin who ran immediately afterwards.
And in the end, that 2m27.820s was good enough to secure pole position for tomorrow’s Bathurst 1000.
While McLaughlin didn’t quite get conditions as nice as those Reynolds ran in, he did get a good enough track to bank second, while Jason Bright – who ran immediately after McLaughlin – will start third.
Lee Holdsworth improved his starting position from ninth to fourth in the Shootout, with Nissan’s James Moffat going from 10th to fifth.
As usual, Shane van Gisbergen was spectacular in the wet conditions. The Kiwi out-performed the track, running second last, but somehow ending up sixth on the grid.
Penske driver Scott Pye was next, having run right when the conditions started to worsen again after Reynolds’ run.
Jamie Whincup was eighth fastest, ahead of provisional pole-sitter Fabian Coulthard and Walkinshaw Racing’s Tim Slade.