MEGA GALLERY:Friday at the Bathurst 1000
THE Border will have two players in the top-10 shootout at Bathurst today.
Brad Jones Racing’s Team BOC car with Jason Bright at the wheel and former The Scots School student David Reynolds in Ford Performance Racing’s Bottle-O car both clocked fast times during yesterday’s qualifying session at Mount Panorama.
When the 45-minute session was finished, Bright was third fastest, just 0.2 of a second off Red Bull Racing’s Jamie Whincup, and Reynolds was eighth, 0.4 seconds adrift of the pole pacesetter.
The seeded shootout from 5pm will see Team BOC as the third last car on the track in the bid for pole.
Kim Jones said they were happy with the performance.
BJR’s Lockwood Racing car driven by Fabian Coulthard under-performed and could manage only 14th, the Wilson Security car of David Wall qualifying one spot higher.
“At the end of the day we have our three cars inside the top 15 on the grid,” he said.
“We would have liked to have two in the shoot-out but Fabian has had a big week and has been struggling with the set-up.
“Brighty and (co-driver) Andrew Jones have been fast all week, they were quickest on Thursday until we had a hiccup with the tailshaft.
“But to be sitting third ahead of the shootout is fantastic.”
Bright had gone to the top of the time sheet just seven minutes into the final qualifying session but it was former Albury boy and last year’s Bathurst runner-up Reynolds who trumped him six minutes later.
The Bottle-O car was still the fastest with 15 minutes to go before Whincup and Mark Winterbottom took one and two.
Jones said he believed Coulthard’s car would prove itself in tomorrow’s race.
“The set-up for qualifying and for a car that will be able to go 1000 kilometres is very different,” he said.
“It is a compromise between trying to get the car into the top 10 and having it ready to race for seven hours on Sunday.
“The Lockwood car at the moment is a better race set-up and that will show up on Sunday.”
Reynolds appeared disappointed at not getting a chance to improve his time.