Like Indianapolis, single-car qualifying at the Bathurst 1000 has become a grand tradition. The Mount Panorama circuit is one of the best and most unique in the world, and there is no better place to see it than a run with pole on the line at the absolute limit with nothing but one driver, one car, and one goal to focus on. It is the conditions that produced Greg Murphy’s “Lap of the Gods” and Scott McLaughlin’s first-ever lap in a Supercar at Bathurst in the 2:03s. Early today, the series held their traditional top ten shootout session and that record fell again.
It was Chaz Mostert, winner on a last-lap pass in the unforgettable 2014 race, who did the honors for Holden and Walkinshaw Andretti United. Tickford Racing and Ford’s Cameron Waters had already beaten McLaughlin’s 2017 time with a lap of 2:03.686, but Mostert had been quick in practice and was a clear contender for pole coming into the session. He was purple by the end of sector 1, on record pace on the way up Mount Panorama. He was green in sector 2, enough to stay ahead. Then, through sector 3, purple again.
For the full story and video of this incredible lap, check out this article from Road & Track.