Reigning Bathurst 1000 champion Chaz Mostert qualified on pole position for the Bathurst 12 Hours by the smallest margin in the event’s history.
Mostert, who traded his Commodore for an Audi for the race, took first place after qualifying.
He had gone back and forth for top spot with Kelvin van der Linde, and needed to shave 0.09sec off his best time on the final lap to claim pole position.
Going into the final sector of the final lap of the penalty shootout, he still hadn’t matched van der Linde’s time, but in true Mostert fashion he did the seemingly impossible: finished 0.08 of a second ahead of his rival South African, the smallest margin of pole position. in the history of endurance racing.
Mostert, enthusiastic about the result, said he just wanted to “give red hot a chance”.
“The other guys were pretty quick,” said the V8s Supercar driver.
“Van de Linde is a South African pain in my butt,” he joked.
“But we had a lot of fun and the race is going to be a lot of fun.”
It is the second time Mostert has had to lift the Allan Simonsen Pole Position Trophy, beating him in a close battle in 2018, with BMW.
“Doing it again is quite amazing. Allan Simonsen was a fantastic competitor here in Australia in the GT races so I’m very grateful to win this one again and to do it with the whole Audi team here is great,” Mostert said.
V8s Supercar drivers Shane van Gisbergen and Lee Holdsworth will start Sunday’s race from fifth and sixth on the grid.
Sunday’s race will start in the dark at 5:15am AEST.
The 2022 race will air live and ad-free on Fox Sports 506, Kayo Sports.