Vi­lan­der pole for Fer­rari

Sunday Herald Sun - - Sport -

FER­RARI will start on pole po­si­tion for the Bathurst 12 Hour, with Toni Vi­lan­der pip­ping Chaz Mostert in the Top 10 Shootout yes­ter­day.

The Finn, who will share the No.88 Fer­rari 488 with Su­per­cars stars Jamie Whin­cup and Craig Lown­des, was the last car out of the gate for the one-lap ses­sion.

Vi­lan­der, 36, dropped in the fastest first and last sec­tors, his 2min 02.861sec lap enough to se­cure pole by just un­der 0.2sec.

“The con­di­tions were quite dif­fi­cult,” he said. “The track temp is re­ally high.

“It’s also a key point to the race; I’m re­ally happy the car is work­ing in the cool in the morn­ing and the heat in the af­ter­noon.”

Mostert’s No.60 was the best of the BMWs, pip­ping Wittmann.

The star of the ses­sion, how­ever, will start fourth.

Ash Walsh vaulted his un­her­alded No.35 As­ton Martin from eighth to fourth with a tidy lap that car af­ter car strug­gled to beat.

Bent­ley se­cured its best grid po­si­tion for the Bathurst 12 Hour with a stout lap by Spa 24 Hours win­ner Maxime Soulet net­ting fifth, one spot ahead of reign­ing cham­pi­ons Te­kno Au­tosports, which had one car make the cut for the Shootout but not its fastest.

The No.59 McLaren’s fail­ure to take part in the Q2 ses­sion saw it bumped in favour of the team’s No.1 car.

The Porsches ap­peared to strug­gle in the hot­ter con­di­tions.

Earl Bam­ber was sev­enth fastest in the No.911.

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