Win­ter­bot­tom, Waters clock top speeds

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport -

PRO­DRIVE rac­ers Mark Win­ter­bot­tom and Cam Waters have an­nounced them­selves as gen­uine threats for the 2017 Bathurst 1000 af­ter clock­ing the high­est speeds of the Top Ten Shootout.

Ac­cord­ing to the speed trap on Con­rod Straight, Waters hit 286km/h in his Ford Fal­con while Win­ter­bot­tom was just be­hind in 285km/h.

The pow­er­ful runs came af­ter the pair both had en­gine up­grades rushed in for the most re­cent round at Sandown.

While Scott McLaugh­lin was the un­de­ni­able star of the af­ter­noon, earn­ing pole af­ter once again set­ting a new ‘‘Lap of the Gods’’ record, the Pro­drive duo showed they too would be right in the mix.

Win­ter­bot­tom, who won ‘‘The Great Race’’ four years ago, fin­ished third in 2:04.49.

Ris­ing star Waters was fourth in 2:04.58.

Shane Van Gis­ber­gen pow­ered around the Mt Panorama course in 2:04.66 — enough to put him into fifth place.

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