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.
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.
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