2010 V8 SUPERCAR CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES - RACE 18
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, Mount Panorama, Bathurst, New South Wales
Date: October 7-10, 2010
Circuit: Mount Panorama, Bathurst
Race Format: 1 x 1000-kilometre race on Sunday
TV Coverage: Sunday October 10 (7.00am-6.00pm)
Ford Performance Racing's Mark Winterbottom has snared pole position for tomorrow's Bathurst 1000 with a fastest lap time of 2.07.53seconds in this afternoon's Top Ten Shootout.
"Mate this is just fantastic!" an elated Frosty said.
"I knew I was on a pretty good lap but I wasn't sure if it would be enough to hold out Lowndes.
The first two sectors were really strong but around here your buffer can never be big enough but in this case .08 seconds was enough," he added.
Frosty and his Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon beat Triple 8 drivers Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup to the prime starting position in the nail-biting shootout.
"We knew the car was strong in race mode but our qualifying set-up was largely untested until that lap because I made a few small mistakes in yesterday's qualifying and this morning's practice so it was hard to get a gauge on where we really were at.
The team has worked really hard to get to this point so to reward them – and all our fans – with a pole at Bathurst takes a lot of stress out of the system ... I'll sleep well tonight I can tell you!" Frosty quipped.
"Lukey has done a great job all week so this is also a reward for all is hard work too."
FPR Team Principal Tim Edwards also found himself a little surprised with today's result.
"I can't say I thought we'd be on pole tomorrow," Edwards said.
"We knew we had a strong race car good enough for at least third or fourth ... and we would have been happy with starting on the second row ... but Frosty obviously had other ideas!
The focus this week has been to prepare ourselves a car that's going to be great under racing conditions ... something that would be competitive right over the 161 laps and we've done that so this is the icing on the cake and left me pleasantly surprised," Edwards said.
Tomorrow's 1000km race starts at 10.30am and will be telecast live nationally on the Seven Network.
FPR's Facebook fanpage will have regular updates throughout the day (see link below):
For some great shots of today's action, please visit http://www.fpr.com.au/2010/10/09/frosty-on-pole-for-2010-bathurst-1000/