Tom Sargent has stormed to pole position for the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour, putting more than a second on the field.
The 20-year-old, who won the 2021 Australian Formula Ford Championship, was lightning fast in Practice 3 this morning and quickly proved that was no flash in the pan.
Sargent immediately laid down the gauntlet with a 2:25.1048s to go more 1.5249s quicker than anyone else, with Anton De Pasquale second at that point.
The CHE Racing youngster went quicker again next time, lowering the benchmark to a 2:24.2369s to hold a 1.6745s advantage over new nearest rival Tim Slade at the completion of the second flying laps.
Despite the star power around him including multiple Supercars Championship race winners, no one could get near Sargent (co-driving with Cameron Hill in the #147 BMW M2 Competition), with even his first time remaining unrivalled.
David Russell did manage to bump Slade off the front row before improving further to a 2:25.3327s – still some 1.0958s off the pace.
Slade and De Pasquale, both of whom further improved on their aforementioned times, did enough to hang on to secure second-row starts.
Other than Sargent, Dalton Ellery was the only qualifier in the outright top 10 without any Supercars experience, managing fifth ahead of Will Davison and Nick Percat.
The latter, a late call-up for COVID-hit Shane van Gisbergen, came across traffic on his first flying lap but improved from ninth to seventh on his final effort.
Jayden Ojeda was eighth ahead of the #58 family entry which had looked set to make up ground with Drew Russell at the wheel until coming across traffic.
In his desperation to not get held up by the Class B Holden SSV 6.0 driven by Mark Mallard, Russell spun the #73 at The Chase.
Outright 10th went to Dylan O’Keeffe for the Class A1 pole, just ahead of Aaron Cameron who took the honours in A2.
Other pole positions in class went to Mallard (B, 33rd outright), Jake Camilleri (C, 38th outright), James Keene (D, 42nd outright), and Andrew McMaster (E, 55th outright).
Among those starting out of position will be 2018 outright winners Grant and Iain Sherrin.
The #27 BMW M4 came unstuck across the top of The Mountain relatively early on in the top 50 percent session with Grant in the driver’s seat, leaving them to start 16th.
The earlier qualifying session for the bottom 50 percent of the field was topped by A1 competitor Paul Loiacono in a #14 Mitsubishi Lancer EV.
Race start tomorrow is at 11:15 AEST.
|1||147||X||Tegra Australia||Thomas Sargent (NSW)||BMW M2 Competition||2:24.2369|
|2||40||X||Btuned Euro Specialist||David Russell (NSW)||BMW M4||2:25.3327||0:01.0958|
|3||8||X||Car Mods Australia||Tim Slade (SA)||BMW M3||2:25.8722||0:01.6353|
|4||4||X||Property Investment Store||Anton de Pasquale (QLD)||BMW M4||2:25.9680||0:01.7311|
|5||99||X||Bruce Lynton BM Service||Dalton Ellery (QLD)||BMW M3||2:26.2823||0:02.0454|
|6||23||X||Bruce Lynton BM Service||Will Davison (QLD)||BMW M3||2:26.6797||0:02.4428|
|7||1||X||Prestige Connex||Nick Percat (SA)||BMW M4||2:27.4004||0:03.1635|
|8||21||X||Secure Wealth Advisers||S.Hodges/J.Ojeda||BMW M4||2:27.8115||0:03.5746|
|9||58||X||Go Karts Go||D.Russell/A.Russell||BMW M3||2:27.8796||0:03.6427|
|10||45||A1||RAM / GWR||Dylan O’Keeffe (VIC)||Mercedes AMG||2:28.6724||0:04.4355|
|11||3||A2||Rowell Logistics P/L||Aaron Cameron (Vic)||Ford Mustang Mach 1||2:28.6879||0:04.4510|
|12||24||A1||Airtag / GWR Australia||Garth Walden (NSW)||Mercedes AMG||2:29.0089||0:04.7720|
|13||19||A1||One World / Griffith Corp||Will Brown||Mercedes AMG||2:29.6569||0:05.4200|
|14||7||A2||Local Legends||Grant Denyer (NSW)||Ford Mustang Mach 1||2:29.8988||0:05.6619|
|15||118||A1||D A Campbell Transport||Cameron Crick (NSW)||Mitsubishi Lancer EV||2:30.0787||0:05.8418|
|16||27||X||Sherrin Rentals||Grant Sherrin (QLD)||BMW M4||2:30.4204||0:06.1835|
|17||9||A1||Parramatta Vehicle Services||Tyler Mecklem (NSW)||Mitsubishi Lancer EV||2:30.8262||0:06.5893|
|18||71||A1||Bargwanna Motorsport||Ben Bargwanna (VIC)||Audi TTRS Plus||2:31.1989||0:06.9620|
|19||77||A1||Irwin Packaging||Jack Winter (NSW)||Mitsubishi Lancer EV||2:31.3024||0:07.0655|
|20||33||A1||Ranger Lifting||John Bowe (0)||Ford Falcon GT-F||2:31.6249||0:07.3880|
|21||92||X||YELLOW PAGES Race For A Cure||Ben Kavich (NSW)||BMW M2 Competition||2:31.9241||0:07.6872|
|22||90||X||KELAIR||Duane West (VIC)||Holden HSV VF||2:32.8922||0:08.6553|
|23||777||A1||Pomelo Designs/Brypar||Lachlan Gibbons (NSW)||Mitsubishi Lancer EV||2:33.3410||0:09.1041|
|24||14||A1||Forklogic – Access & Forklift||Paul Loiacono (QLD)||Mitsubishi Lancer EV||2:33.9454||0:09.7085|
|25||29||A2||Penrite Racing||Paul Razum (SA)||Holden HSV Clubsport||2:34.5826||0:10.3457|
|26||151||A2||Casey Accident Repairs||Travis Lindorff (VIC)||Holden HSV VE||2:34.5984||0:10.3615|
|27||48||A2||ASAP Marketing Pty Ltd||Steve Owen (QLD)||Lexus RC F||2:34.6131||0:10.3762|
|28||66||A1||Nova Employment /Full Gas Race||Dimitri Agathos (NSW)||Subaru WRX Sti||2:34.6507||0:10.4138|
|29||171||A1||Team Buccini Racing||Brock Paine (QLD)||BMW M135i||2:34.7606||0:10.5237|
|30||666||A2||Triple 666 Racing||Trevor Symonds (NSW)||Holden HSV VE||2:34.9989||0:10.7620|
|31||140||A1||Showtell – Massel Racing||Mark Caine (NSW)||BMW 1M||2:35.1603||0:10.9234|
|32||49||A2||Visions Estates||Kyle Alford (QLD)||Ford Mustang Mach 1||2:35.5145||0:11.2776|
|33||73||B||Creme Insurance/FWG Contractin||Mark Mallard (NZ)||Holden SSV 6.0||2:35.5462||0:11.3093|
|34||56||A1||Kelso Electrical||Brad Schumacher (NSW)||Subaru WRX STi||2:35.5579||0:11.3210|
|35||26||A1||Infinium Advisory||Ben Wilkinson (NSW)||BMW M135i||2:35.6969||0:11.4600|
|36||55||A1||SSR Selected Smash Repairs||Scott Green (QLD)||Mitsubishi Lancer Ev||2:36.4043||0:12.1674|
|37||44||A2||Nolan Finishes||Daniel Clift (QLD)||Holden HSV R8 Clubsp||2:36.6697||0:12.4328|
|38||360||C||Grand Prix Mazda Caboolture||Jake Camilleri (QLD)||Mazda 3 MPS||2:36.9329||0:12.6960|
|39||10||C||Racer Industries||Benjamin McLeod (QLD)||Holden HSV Astra VX-||2:39.0993||0:14.8624|
|40||98||A1||CAC Racing||Chad Parrish (NSW)||BMW 1M||2:39.1430||0:14.9061|
|41||84||C||AC Store / CP Dental||James Hay (QLD)||VW Scirocco||2:39.1644||0:14.9275|
|42||50||D||MWM Racing||James Keene (NSW)||Mini R56||2:40.1136||0:15.8767|
|43||54||D||Cars4uS / BPRO||Jaylyn Robotham (VIC)||Toyota 86 GTS||2:41.1838||0:16.9469|
|44||186||A1||Westvic Earthmoving||Robert Braune (VIC)||BMW M135i||2:42.5368||0:18.2999|
|45||20||C||Gold Coast Embroidery – ozEtee||Peter Lacey (QLD)||VW Scirocco||2:42.8735||0:18.6366|
|46||121||D||Disc Brakes Austalia DBA||Ben Crossland (NSW)||Honda Integra Type R||2:43.1330||0:18.8961|
|47||13||C||Osborne Motorsport||Rick Bates (NSW)||Renault Megane 265||2:43.1780||0:18.9411|
|48||119||D||Arrow Transport Repairs||Lachlan Bloxsom (QLD)||Toyota 86 ZN||2:43.2793||0:19.0424|
|49||80||C||RX8 Cup||Ric Shaw (NSW)||Mazda RX-8||2:44.7523||0:20.5154|
|50||39||D||Bow Wow Dog Treats / MGA Insur||Scott Aho (SA)||Subaru BRZ||2:46.6373||0:22.4004|
|51||86||D||Battlers to Bathurst||Adrian Sarkis (NSW)||Toyota 86 GTS||2:46.6516||0:22.4147|
|52||17||D||Mischs Excel Garage||Jayden Wanzek (SA)||Toyota 86 GTS||2:46.7447||0:22.5078|
|53||47||C||OnTrack Motorsport||J.Fitzgerald/A.Zerefos||BMW 130i||2:47.8583||0:23.6214|
|54||36||D||Brown Davis Racing Products||David Brown (VIC)||Toyota Celica SX||2:48.4101||0:24.1732|
|55||2||E||LAN Installations||Andrew McMaster (NSW)||Mazda 3 SP25||2:51.6930||0:27.4561|
|56||35||E||Road To Bathurst||Phil Alexander (NSW)||Mazda 3 SP25||2:54.5273||0:30.2904|
|57||11||D||11 Racing||Mitchell Maddren (QLD)||Subaru BRZ||2:56.8915||0:32.6546|
|58||355||E||Champ Suzuki Racing Team||Amar Sharma (QLD)||Suzuki Swift Sport R||2:59.4811||0:35.2442|
|59||155||E||Champ Suzuki Racing Team||Michael Hopp (QLD)||Suzuki Swift Sport R||2:59.6041||0:35.3672|
|60||255||E||Champ Suzuki Racing Team||Ian Cowley (VIC)||Suzuki Swift Sport R||3:01.7692||0:37.5323|
|61||51||C||Air and Allied Sales Pacific||David Ling||Holden HSV Astra VRX||3:11.7752||0:47.5383|
|62||15||B||Air and Allied Sales Pacific||Steve Cox||Holden HSV SS||–||–|
|63||16||A2||Levitt Motorsports||Jason Simes (QLD)||Mercedes W204 C63||–||–|