Frosty so ice cool, Waters flowing well
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.