Frosty so ice cool, Waters flow­ing well

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - NICK WALSHAW

PRO­DRIVE rac­ers Mark Win­ter­bot­tom and Cam Waters have an­nounced them­selves as gen­uine threats for the 2017 Bathurst 1000 to­day af­ter clock­ing the high­est speeds of the Top 10 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 yes­ter­day 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.

Af­ter a slow start to the week, Shane Van Gis­ber­gen pow­ered around the Mt Panorama course in 2:04.66 – enough to put him into fifth place on the start­ing grid.

Over six prac­tice ses­sions and one qual­i­fy­ing run, he had strug­gled for speed, with an av­er­age fin­ish of 15th.

Yet en­ter­ing the Top 10 Shootout in sixth, or fourth driver on to the track, his time was enough to pick up two spots.

Fabian Coulthard blew his chance for pole af­ter an er­ror of judg­ment through The Cut­ting put him far closer to con­crete than he may have liked.

While his Ford came out the other side, the er­ror cost him three-tenths of a sec­ond on a lap that even­tu­ally placed him sev­enth.

PURE PACE: Cam Waters.

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