Vilander pole for Ferrari
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.