Chaz Mostert clinched his second pole for the Bathurst 12 Hours after producing the seemingly impossible ahead of Sunday’s brutal endurance race.
Reigning Bathurst 1000 champion Chaz Mostert qualified on pole position for the Bathurst 12 Hours by the smallest margin in the history of the event.
Mostert, who traded his Commodore for an Audi for the racewon first place after qualifying.
He had gone back and forth for first place with Kelvin van der Linde, who needed 0.09 seconds behind his best time on the last lap to claim pole position.
Entering the last sector of the final lap of penalties he still had to match van der Linde’s time, but in true Mostert fashion he did the seemingly impossible – finishing 0.08 seconds ahead of his South African rival – the smallest pole margin. position in the history of endurance racing.
Mostert, delighted with the result, said he was just out to “give it a hot shot”.
“The other guys were pretty fast,” said the V8 Supercar driver.
“Van de Linde is a pain in my South African butt,” he joked.
“But we had a lot of fun and the race will be a lot of fun.”
It is the second time that Mostert has managed to relaunch the Allan Simonsen Pole Position Trophy, winning it in a close battle in 2018, with BMW.
“Doing it again is pretty amazing. Allan Simonsen has been a fantastic competitor here in Australia in GT racing, so I’m really grateful to win again this time and doing it with the entire Audi team here is really fantastic, ”said Mostert.
Other V8 Supercar drivers Shane van Gisbergen and Lee Holdsworth will start Sunday’s race from 5th to 6th on the grid.
Sunday’s race will start in the dark at 5.15am AEST.
The 2022 race will be broadcast live and ad-free on Fox Sports 506, Kayo Sports.
Originally published as Bathurst 12 Hour 2022: All the latest news, the results of the Mt Panorama endurance race