Matt Campbell has taken his #911 Absolute Racing Porsche 911 to pole position, securing the Allan Simonsen Pole Award for himself and Porsche.
His lap, a 2:03.5554, was over two tenths faster than the rest of the field, bringing Porsche its maiden pole position for the Bathurst 12 hour.
Campbell was the last man to take the track in the shootout and had a 7 tenth advantage at the exit of The Elbow. A slower final sector was not enough to lose that advantage, crossing the line 0.2248 ahead of second place.
Alvaro Parente took second, with a 2:03.7802 in the #60 59Racing McLaren 720S. Parente’s last sector in the McLaren the fastest of the shootout, a 40.7067 over 3 tenths faster than anyone else down the mountain.
Third went to last year’s polesitter Rafaele Marciello and GruppeM Mercedes. His lap eclipsed the early pace-setter Juao-Paul de Oliviera, who’s #18 KCMG Nissan GT-R ended up fourth after an impressive sector 1.
The defending champions, Earl Bamber Motorsports ended the session in 5th, while Craft-Bamboo Black Falcon Mercedes AMG, Audi Sport Team Valvoline, Triple Eight Race Engineering Mercedes AMG, and Orange 1 FFF Lamborghini filled positions 6 to 9.
Jake Dennis rounded out the session; the R-Motorsport Aston Martin driver unable to replicate his provisional shootout winning time from last year.
“I put everything on the line,” Campbell told reporters. “I was really pushing hard, missed a few apexes but overall, there was nothing left on the table.
“This is one I’ve wanted for a long time, and I’ve had many attempts at the top 10, and this time I put it all together.
“Luckily we did a similar lap time in qualifying this afternoon, so I really knew what I needed to do going into this session. But the conditions were changing in the top 10, and it was a little bit of an unknown. Watching everyone else, you get more and more nervous as time goes on, but we got the job done.”
The #911 Porsche will lead off the grid when the race starts tomorrow morning at 5:45 local time.
The race will be streamed online via the Bathurst 12 Hour website for international viewers, with Australian viewers able to watch on Fox Sports 506 and 7Mate, or streamed through Kayo Sports and 7Play.