GROVE TAKES POLE AT 2017 BATHURST 12 HR

Grove Racing has qualified on Pole in their class in the 2017 Bathurst 12 Hr Endurance race after lapping the imposing Mount Panorama Bathurst circuit in a stunning time of 2 :08.532 during qualifying today.

  The Grove Racing Porsche is seen competing at the 2017 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 HR

The Grove Racing Porsche is seen competing at the 2017 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 HR

In the outright Class, the #88 Maranello Ferrari will start the 2017 Bathurst 12 Hour from front of the field position, after Toni Vilander topped the Top 10 Shootout.

Vilander put in a stunning 2m02.861s on his single flying lap, finding almost two tenths on the final sector to grab pole and secure the Allan Simonsen Trophy.

The #90 MARC GT BMW will join the Ferrari on the front row, Supercars star Chaz Mostert laying down a blinder of his own with a 2m03.055s. That knocked the factory-backed BMW Team SRM M6 off the front row, Marco Wittmann forced to settle for third with a 2m03.249s, which to that point was half a second faster than anyone else had managed.

The biggest mover compared to regular qualifying was the #35 Miedecke Stone Aston Martin. Running third, Ash Walsh made up four spots to finish up outside of the second row.

Maxime Soulet’s lap put the #8 Bentley in fifth, while Alvaro Parente was another big mover, taking the #1 Tekno McLaren – only sneaking into the Shootout on combined times from qualifying – from 10th to sixth.

Earl Bamber ended up where he started in the #911 Walkinshaw Porsche, slotting into seventh, while Timo Glock slipped back to eighth in the #7 BMW Team SRM car after making a mistake at Turn 1.

Matt Campbell slipped back into the field as well in the #12 Competition Motorsports Porsche, ending up ninth after the Shootout, while Nathan Antunes was 10th and last in the #5 GT Motorsport Audi.

The 2017 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour will kick off at 5.45am AEDT tomorrow, Sunday 5 February 2017.

For information on how you can follow along with all the action, including live streaming and free to air coverage, please go to http://www.bathurst12hour.com.au/news/how-to-watch-the-b12hr/