Jake Dennis will be the last car to hit the track in this afternoon’s Top 10 Shootout at Bathurst after taking the top spot in GT3-only qualifying at Mt. Panorama.
Coming in to the session knowing his No. 62 R-Motorsport Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 would be hit with a two-place grid penalty after a pit lane speeding violation in the opening qualifying session, Dennis put it all on the line to take the top spot in the dying moments of the session.
Dennis’ time of 2:02.4127 around the Mountain saw him go just 0.0122 seconds ahead of David Reynolds in the No. 777 Mercedes-AMG GT3, with both drivers putting in their quickest laps after the checkered flag had dropped.
The top four were split by less than a tenth of a second with Maro Engel and Yelmer Buurman coming up just shy of the provisional pole time.
Matt Campbell, Steven Kane, Christopher Haase, Raffaele Marciello and Alex Imperatori will all feature in the shootout, with the top-10 seperate by less than four-tenths.
Among the big names who missed out on making the shootout included reigning Allan Simonsen Pole Trophy winner Chaz Mostert, who was 15th in the BMW Team Schnitzer entry.
Struggling all throughout the session, Supercars powerhouse team Triple Eight could only manage 19th place with Jamie Whincup behind the wheel.
Nick Foster in the No. 27 HubAuto Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 will line up last out of the GT3 machines due to an issue.
The Top 10 Shootout will see cars sent out in reverse order from where they qualified, starting at 4:40pm local time to finalize the grid for tomorrow’s race.