JAMIE Whincup fired the initial shot at this year’s Bathurst 1000 with the Purple Bull report breaker blasting his way to a Mount Panorama qualifying earn on Friday.
In an all out fight for a prime 10 shoot out location, Whincup clocked a two.04.10 to edge out Dave Reynolds and Scott McLaughlin.
Whincup stormed his way to the quickest lap of the working day to established himself up for a shot at Bathurst 1000 glory.
“That was extreme,’’ Whincup stated.
“I was just hanging on the edge. We went out late and acquired the most out of it. I could not be happier.’’
The session was purple flagged with 10 minutes remaining when Jack Le Broq turned Mount Panorama’s initial sufferer of the calendar year.
In a smash that stopped Cameron Waters from landing a prime 5 time, Le Broq went into the wall at convert one particular to prevent qualifying for a clean up up.
Whincup was primary the struggle when the session resumed with the Purple Bull star adopted by James Courtney and Scott McLaughlin.
Supporter favorite Criag Lowndes struck late to guide himself a location in the prime 10 shoot out with a time of two.04.57.