Kiwi hotshot Shane van Gisbergen has dominated Bathurst 12 Hour qualifying with an astonishing 2min, 1.286sec lap of the Mount Panorama circuit. The time was achieved behind the wheel of the TEKNO Autosports McLaren 650S GT3.
It marks the first time the 2min, 2sec has been breached, and is some 1.3sec faster than the pole marker set in 2015.
“The car has been amazing all weekend. We’ve mainly been doing race set ups on high fuel so it’s been pretty good. With qualifying we just put it all on the table and did what we could,” van Gisbergen said.
“It was pretty awesome to see that number come up on the dash, I was pretty pumped about that. We’re not really excelling over the top but the car is good in every sector.”
Indeed McLaren seems to be the marque to have for the 12 Hour this year, the brand taking the pole as well as third, fifth and sixth slots on the grid.
van Gisbergen will share the #59 Macca with Alvaro Parente of Portugal and team owner Jonathan Webb.
Lining up alongside the 650S GT3 is the Jamec-Pem Racing Audi R8 LMS of Audi factory driver Rene Rast. He set a 2min, 1.840sec time and will partner with Garth Tander and Steve McLaughlin.
Third place fell to the 650S of Warren Luff, Matt Campbell, Tony Walls and Tim Slade. Luff was another to slide under 2min 2sec.
Fourth is the second Jamec-Pem Audi of Christopher Mies, Christopher Hasse and Marco Mapelli.
The 2016 Bathurst 12 Hour commences at 5.45am Sunday morning. Hit up channel seven for comprehensive coverage.