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Sunday Herald Sun - - News -

McLaugh­lin will start to­day as the $3.50 favourite with TAB. Su­per­cars cham­pion Shane Van Gis­ber­gen is next best at $6, while Chaz Mostert and Triple Eight star Jamie Whin­cup are $7.

Af­ter his strong Shootout show­ing, Win­ter­bot­tom is the best value of the big­gest names, on the sev­enth line of bet­ting at $12.

The Shootout also proved a come­back for Van Gis­ber­gen.

Af­ter a slow start to the week, the New Zealan­der pow­ered around the Mt Panorana course in 2:04.66 — enough to put him into fifth place on the start­ing grid.

Over six prac­tice ses­sions and one qual­i­fy­ing run, Van Gis­ber­gen had strug­gled for speed. Yet en­ter­ing the Top 10 Shootout in sixth, or fourth driver onto the track, his time was enough to pick up two spots.

Else­where, Fabian Coulthard blew his chance for pole af­ter an er­ror of judg­ment through The Cut­ting left him far closer to a con­crete than he would have liked.

The er­ror cost him 0.3sec on a lap that even­tu­ally placed him sev­enth.

“I’ve strug­gled there all week­end,” Coulthard said. “So it wasn’t any sur­prise that some­thing was go­ing to hap­pen. But you have to give it your all and that’s all we had.”

The Top 10 Shootout also proved an un­happy one for Holden favourite James Court­ney, who has never won a Bathurst 1000 ti­tle.

Af­ter en­dur­ing a cou­ple of brake locks, he fin­ished 10th.

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