Dan McCarthy

Chaz Mostert took a pole position after the flag in a unique and exciting 12-hour shootout of Bathurst.

The reigning champion Bathurst 1000 dropped in sectors 1 and 2, however in the stunning final sector became the pole position of Mostert from South African ace GT Kelvin van der Linde.

Both drivers Audi Mostert and van der Linde exchanged the best sport during an exciting last 15-minute session.

It was the closest qualifying gap in a 12-hour batterstory in history, with Moster taking the pole in just 0.085 seconds.

Van der Linde and Mostert were in their own league with reigning 12-hour race winner Jules Gunon, the next best, 0.726 seconds of time in SunEnergy 1 Racing Mercedes.

Just over an hour before the top 10 shootings it was announced that due to the low temperatures in Bathurst it would be more spectacular to split the top 10 into two groups of five and give them 15 minutes to set the fastest time.

In the end, it turned out to be correct when Mostert set a time of 2 m 02.493 s.

Occupying the pole, Mostert became the first rider to win Alan Simonsen’s second prize for pole position.

Behind Mostert, van der Linde and Gunon came another Audi in the hands of Ricard Feller.

Shane van Gisbergen set his time in the first of the 15-minute segments. After completing several rounds of warm-up he had one crack.

He was the fastest in his session and put him in fifth place overall, ahead of Lee Holdsworth and Ben Barker.

Duvashen Falling is impressive, he was the fastest of all participants and starts from eighth.

He was ahead of Tony D’Albert and his Am pilot Bret Hobson, who completed the field.

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