Reigning Bathurst 1000 champion Chaz Mostert has qualified in pole position for the Bathurst 12 Hour by the smallest margin in the event’s history.
Mostert, who swapped his Commodore for an Audi for the race, clinched top spot after qualifying.
He had gone back and forth for the top spot with Kelvin van der Linde, needing to knock 0.09 of a second off his best time in the final lap to claim pole position.
Going into the final sector of the final lap of the shoot out he was yet to match van der Linde’s time but in true Mostert fashion he did the seemingly impossible — finishing 0.08 of a second ahead of his South African rival — the smallest pole position margin in the history of the endurance race.
Mostert, stoked with the outcome, said he was just out to “give it a red hot crack”.
“The other boys were pretty quick,” the V8s Supercar driver said.
“Van de Linde is a South African pain in my bum,” he joked.
“But we had a lot of fun and the race is going to be a lot of fun.”
It is the second time Mostert has got to raise the Allan Simonsen Pole Position Trophy, taking it out in a close battle in 2018, with BMW.
“To do it again is pretty amazing. Allan Simonsen was a fantastic competitor here in Australia in GT racing so I’m really grateful to win this one again and to do it with the whole Audi team here is pretty cool,” Mostert said.
Fellow V8s Supercar drivers Shane van Gisbergen and Lee Holdsworth will start Sunday’s race from 5th and 6th on the grid.
Sunday’s race will begin in the dark at 5.15am AEST.
The 2022 race will be broadcast live and ad-break free on Fox Sports 506, Kayo Sports.