Will Brown celebrates his provisional-pole victory. Picture / Photosport
V8 Supercars rookie Will Brown has shocked the grid in Bathurst 1000 qualifying with an electrifying lap that stunned even himself.
Brown put in an enormous 2:03.898s lap, ending forward of Anton de Pasquale and 2014 Bathurst champion Chaz Mostert by simply 0.7 of a second in a scintillating lap.
It was an action-packed qualifying as Tim Slade certified on the ultimate lap to knock retiring legend Jamie Whincup out of the highest 10 shootout on Saturday, lacking the mark by simply 0.022s.
However the massive story was the 23-year-old Brown in his first yr as a full-time driver for Erebus.
Brown has had an enormous begin to his profession, having secured one pole and a win on the Sydney SuperSprint on November 14.
Whereas Brown is on provisional pole, all it means is he goes out final within the Prime 10 shootout and has loads of work forward of him.
However Brown was a contented man as he landed an enormous confidence enhance from the recent lap.
“I mentioned to Tommy, ‘I grew some balls on the market and had a dip’. That was bloody superior. How good was that,” he mentioned.
“To do a 2:03 spherical right here, I did not care if I bought pole or not, that is a reasonably depraved time. I am simply pumped.”
Brown additionally revealed that his sponsor Shaw and Companions had put up $25,000 every for charity Really feel The Magic if he and Brodie Kostecki bought within the prime 10 — Kostecki was sixth.
Requested the place on the observe he picked up time to pip his rivals, he mentioned: “I do not know and I do not care. I am simply joyful I am P1 after that. Clearly it is tight up there, I am glad I am on the best facet of that seven hundredths however it may be tight within the shootout. To get provisional pole at Bathurst in my first yr is fairly bloody cool.”
Brown added later that he believed it wasn’t pretty much as good a lap because it turned out to be and was in disbelief over the outcome.
“It took me a second; I used to be wanting on the final quantity for a two or one thing, and I noticed an eight,” Brown mentioned.
“I assumed that wasn’t superb, I assumed I did a 2:04.8.
“It took me a second and I labored it out. I most likely then wasn’t nervous the place I would find yourself.
“I assumed a 2:03 round right here was fairly cool. I used to be joyful and I knew it’d put us within the shootout.
“It is cool to be the primary man. We’ll see what occurs tomorrow.”
Whereas Brown was thrilled, Whincup was the alternative as he missed the shootout for the primary time since 2017.
“Loads of excuses,” Whincup mentioned.
“We did not get inexperienced runs in observe earlier than, they are a good alternative to rise up to hurry, have a look at the information and work away from there.
“The automotive was most likely adequate… disillusioned with that, however what are you able to do? Put your head down and attempt to make it up within the race.”
Shane van Gisbergen was the perfect of the Kiwis within the subject in seventh place with Andre Heimgartner settling for a begin in seventeenth and Fabien Coulthard a lowly twentieth. Chris Pither, who’s pairing with lead-driver Macauley Jones on Sunday, will begin from twenty second on the grid.
Bathurst 1000 qualifying Prime 10 outcomes
1. Will Brown: 02:03.8989s
2. Anton de Pasquale: 02:03.9218s
3. Chaz Mostert: 02:03.9770s
4. Tim Slade: 02:04.1540s
5. Cameron Waters: 02:04.2035s
6. Brodie Kostecki: 02:04.2201s
7. Shane van Gisbergen: 02:04.2278s
8. Will Davison: 02:04.3078s
9. Nick Percat: 02:04.4421s
10. Jack le Brocq: 02:04.4933s