THE grid has been set for the 2018 edition of the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
50 cars are expected to face the starter representing 11 different manufacturers, with 28 cars in the outright class.
Chaz Mostert took BMW’s first pole position at Mount Panorama since 2007, setting the fastest lap in the Top 10 Shootout in the No. 43 Schnitzer Team BMW he will share with rookie Augusto Farfus and sophomore Marco Wittman.
The two Jamec-Pem Audis take up the next two spots, with Luke Youlden’s heroic shootout lap moving the No. 777 Buik Motorworks Lamborghini he will share with Tomas Enge and Yasser Shahin to fourth and winning the pole award for the Pro-Am class.
Last year’s winners, Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes, will start from 15th and eighth this year in a Mercedes and McLaren respectively, the latter paired with regular Supercars teammate Shane van Gisbergen.
The second factory BMW, the No. 100 SRM Team car of Philipp Eng, Steven Richards and ex-F1 racer Timo Glock was scheduled to start from inside the top 10, but was excluded from qualifying over a technical breach and will instead start from last on the grid.
Joining them on the back row will be the No. 6 Wall Racing Lamborghini, which missed qualifying altogether due to an engine problem.
The No. 9 Hallmarc Audi was crashed heavily in Qualifying by Lee Holdsworth, the team racing the clock to repair the car in time for the race.
The fastest Class I runner was the No. 91 MARC II Ford Mustang of Will Brown, Rod Salmon and Keith Kassulke, which will start from 27th on the grid.
Father and son Steven and Brenton Grove and Ben Barker took the all-Porsche Class B honours with 29th on the grid, while the fastest Class C runner starts from 39th, the No. 30 BMW of Aaron Seton, Matt Brabham and Tony Longhurst.
The race gets underway at 5:45am Sunday morning.