Waters beats Slade to first Mt Panorama 500 pole

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 27/02/2021
  • By James Pavey

Cameron Waters has picked up where he left at Mount Panorama, with the Tickford Racing driver clinching pole in the ARMOR All Top 10 Shootout.

Third-man out in the shootout, Waters, who claimed pole for last October's Bathurst 1000, dropped in a 2:05.5980s to claim a sixth career pole position.

Tim Slade wildly impressed in his #3 CoolDrive Ford Mustang, helping the new Blanchard Racing Team to a front row start in its championship debut.

"I'm absolutely pumped, man," he told the broadcast.

"It's an awesome way to start the year, the car rolled out really good in practice.

"We've been fine-tuning it and getting it a little bit nicer.

"She was pretty sketchy then, nice and slippery, got through [Turn 1] had a little mistake, just tried to do a clean lap after that.

"Super pumped to start on pole again."

Mark Winterbottom was the first man out and fired in a 2:06.5672s in his #18 IRWIN Racing entry, before Jamie Whincup fired in the best first sector to clock a 2:06.1164s.

Will Davison unseated Whincup, before Friday fast man Chaz Mostert recovered from a wild moment at the first corner to to slot in behind the #17 Shell V-Power Racing entry following a quick middle sector.

Van Gisbergen followed out Waters and clocked the best first sector, before falling away to set the third quickest time.

The qualifying fast man, Anton De Pasquale, couldn't replicate his earlier pace in the warmer conditions and will line up fourth for Saturday afternoon's race, with his lap scuppered after he dropped two wheels into the grass across Skyline.

The Repco Supercars Championship field will return to the track for the 40-lap Race 1 at 3:00pm AEDT on Saturday for ARMOR ALL Qualifying. Tickets are on sale now.

This weekend’s event will be broadcast live on Foxtel and the Seven Network, and will be streamed on Kayo. Check out the full TV schedule here.

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