The cooler autumn temperatures and ban on tyre heaters beneath the occasion’s momentary Professional-Am guidelines meant drivers had been in a position to continually enhance on a single tyre set through the two 15-minute qualifying periods.
The organisers had initially deliberate to stage a high 10 shootout, earlier than issues over the working window for the Pirelli tyres prompted a gathering wherein the format was modified.
The 2 15-minute periods for the 10 quickest automobiles, had been cut up between automobiles that completed in positions 6-10 through the mixed Professional-Am qualifying session, with one other for the quickest 5.
The battle for pole was a thriller between two-time Bathurst 1000 winner Mostert and Audi GT ace van der Linde as they traded quickest occasions.
The South African DTM racer seemed to have landed the hammer blow for the #74 MPC Audi with a 2m02.578s on his remaining run.
Mostert’s response then did not look adequate for the primary two sectors, earlier than an epic remaining sector noticed him put the #65 MPC Audi on high by simply eight one hundredths of a second.
“I had a purple scorching crack,” mentioned Mostert, who will share with Liam Talbot and Fraser Ross.
“I knew the opposite boys had been fairly fast. [Van der Linde] is a little bit of a South African ache in my bum, to be utterly trustworthy.
Liam Talbot, Fraser Ross, Chaz Mostert, Melbourne Efficiency Centre Audi R8 EVO II
Picture by: Mark Horsburgh, Edge Photographics
“We have now a number of enjoyable, the race goes to be a number of enjoyable.
“Will probably be bit darker firstly so I am trying ahead to that, whoever begins. Hopefully I can have a sleep in!”
Jules Gounon was the very best of the non-Audi drivers, successful out in a battle with Van der Linde’s DTM team-mate Ricardo Feller to place the #75 SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes third on the grid.
That demoted Feller’s #777 MPC Audi to fourth.
Shane van Gisbergen (#888 Triple Eight Mercedes) was the very best of the 5 drivers that ran within the first leg of the shootout as he took fifth on the grid.
The Kiwi spent most of his session doing battle with Ben Barker (#four Grove Racing Porsche), though Lee Holdsworth (#9 MPC Audi) snuck between them on the flag.
Duvashen Padayachee was the very best of the all-Am entries as he put the #55 Valmont Racing Mercedes eighth on the grid forward of Tony D’Alberto (#6 Wall Racing Lamborghini) and Brett Hobson (#45 RAM Motorsport Mercedes).
The Bathurst 12 Hour will kick off at 5:15am native time tomorrow.
You possibly can watch the race stay and free on Motorsport.tv (not accessible for viewers in Australia and New Zealand).